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Cardiologist Job Description

Cardiologists are medical specialists who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular conditions. You’ll frequently be helping to resolve the concerns of patients suffering from blood and heart problems. The cardiovascular system is complex, but as an expert in the field, you’ll be able to support many people with pressing health concerns.

At Medacs, we have a wide array of temporary and full-time cardiology jobs, so if you’re looking for your next role, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs perfectly.

Being a cardiologist

Cardiology concerns two main areas: the heart and blood vessels. As vitally important parts of the human body, it’s important that they are kept in the best possible health. Whilst many concerns can be minor and don’t require treatment, some cardiovascular conditions are more serious and may require consultation and, potentially, diagnosis and treatment. This is where you come in.

As a cardiologist, you may find yourself addressing any of the following conditions:

  • Angina
  • Arrythmia
  • Heart murmurs
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Oedema
  • Coronary artery thrombosis
  • Diseases of the arteries

Cardiovascular conditions can be distressing and have a knock-on effect on people’s lives. As a cardiologist, you will need to have extensive knowledge of this field, be able to quickly diagnose conditions, and then be able to recommend the right course of treatment for each patient.

One of your most common priorities will be working with new and innovative technologies to improve the lives of patients who have been impacted by potentially fatal things like heart attacks. There are new therapies and technologies that are having a positive effect on improving the lives and survival rates of these dangerous conditions, and you will likely be taking the lead on using these new methods.

Another common heart problem is heart disease, and as this can be terminal, cardiologists will also likely need to provide some palliative care.

Cardiologist salaries

As cardiology is a medical specialty, you will need to undergo some years of training and experience before you can begin to specialise in this field. As you begin your specialty training, you will have a basic salary of between £28,808 and £33,343. As you progress, your pay will increase. As a qualified cardiologist, you will be paid a basic salary between £45,124 and £77,519, whilst if you choose to become a consultant, your basic salary could be anywhere between £84,559 and £114,003.

Salaries in the private sector are typically higher than these NHS-based pay scales, and it is often the case that consultants top up their salary by taking on additional patients privately.

At Medacs, you will be able to choose the right role for you, regardless of the sector you want to work in. We are experts in placing medical experts across the NHS, but there are many roles that allow you to operate flexibly between a few different departments. You may choose, for example, to work between both the NHS and private institutions, so you get a good mix of both environments.

Qualifications for cardiologists

To secure a job in cardiology, you will need to have completed a General Medical Council (GMC) recognised medicine degree, followed by a two-year foundational programme. As cardiology is a medical specialty, you will then need to complete two to three years’ more training, before becoming a cardiology specialist.

You could choose to pursue Core Medical Training (CMT) or Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS), but once you have completed these qualifications, you will be in a position to move into more specialist training. To move into higher specialty cardiovascular training, you will need to achieve a MRCP from the Royal College of Physicians to prove you have the right qualifications. Should you undertake higher training though, you will be in a good position to pursue a further career in consulting.

Key cardiology skills

There are some key skills that cardiologists will need to progress through the various rounds of training. These include:

  • Being self-motivated
  • Being able to organise and prioritise your own tasks
  • Making complex decisions
  • Being able to work calmly under pressure
  • Being comfortable in a high-pressure environment
  • Having excellent attention to detail
  • Good problem-solving skills

Where can cardiology take you?

One of the most common pathways for highly trained cardiologists is consulting. To become a consultant, you will need to progress through specialty training levels three through seven (ST 3-7). Upon completion, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training, allowing you to apply for consultancy roles.

There are also five distinct areas of sub-specialties you might choose to specialise in further:

  • Adolescent and congenital heart disease
  • Advanced rhythm training
  • Heart failure
  • Imaging
  • Interventional cardiology

What’s next?

At Medacs, we receive hundreds of new job vacancies every day, many of which are cardiologist jobs. And, with all the dedicated support, revalidation assistance and flexible working options you could want, it’s easy to see why so many medical professionals choose to find their next cardiology job with us.

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Moving to the UK

We help place thousands of international health professionals in cardiologist jobs across both the NHS and private sector each year. If you’re looking to move to the UK, consult out Moving to the UK page for more information on how you can make the transition.

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