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Developing your career as a haematologist

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 17 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m285
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London, UK

Haematology is a flexible specialty that offers the opportunity to develop special interests in a variety of clinical and laboratory areas. It is also possible to combine a clinical and academic career.

Consultant posts

A certificate of completion of training is awarded by the General Medical Council once a trainee successfully completes specialist training, has passed the Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists examination, and is deemed competent by the specialist advisory committee. They will then be placed on the specialist register and allowed to apply for consultant posts.

The Royal College of Pathologists 2017 census showed there were 1035 consultant haematologists across the UK. The 2018 workforce survey identified 76 consultants working in paediatric haematology with a further eight vacant consultant posts in that area

Haematologists are responsible for the management of acute and chronic haematological conditions in NHS hospitals; in addition, they provide clinical oversight for haematology laboratory services and a liaison service which supports all other areas of the hospital and community medical services. Haematology consultant posts range from general hospital posts which cover all areas of haematology to more specialist posts in larger …

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