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Neurologist Job Description

Neurologists help patients with a wide range of conditions and diseases that affect the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and other nerves around the body (the peripheral nervous system) that are responsible for movement and sensation.

You can find a wide range of neurology jobs with Medacs. Explore roles with us all across the UK that align with your career goals.

Being a neurologist

As a neurologist, you’ll work with patients who are experiencing a variety of neurological conditions. This could range from devastating strokes to Parkinson’s disease, to dementia, to motor neuron disease, to less serious conditions such as headaches and benign brain tumours.

To get to the bottom of your patients’ issues, you’ll need to carry out investigations such as:

  • Nerve conduction tests
  • MRI and CT scans
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) to identify signs of epilepsy
  • Muscle or nerve biopsies

Every day is different for a neurologist, but it’s likely you’ll see a mixture of new and existing patients in outpatient clinics. You may also work with acutely unwell patients who have been admitted to hospital for conditions such as strokes. Many neurological conditions require long-term care, so you’ll generally build strong relationships with your patients.

You’ll work as part of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including neurosurgeons (who can treat, cure or diagnose issues that you have diagnosed or suspect), nurses, acute medical staff, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiotherapists and potentially palliative care professionals.

Qualifications for neurology jobs

In order to secure a job as a neurologist, you’ll need to complete an extensive regime of training. First, you’ll need to have a degree in medicine and complete a two-year foundation programme. You can choose two routes: CMT (core medical training) or ACCS (acute care common stem).

If you’d like to progress to specialty training, which will open up consultant and specialty doctor roles, you’ll need to hold a full MRCP (Membership of the Royal College of Physicians).

Neurologist salaries

If you choose to work for the NHS, you’ll be paid in line with the standard pay grades for doctors. Once you begin your core training, you can expect to earn a salary between £28,808 and £33,345. Those who are beginning their specialist training will earn between £39,467 and £53,077. Once you’ve completed your training, a typical basic salary will fall between £45,124 and £77,519.

At the top of the scale, neurology consultants can expect to take home a basic salary of between £84,559 and £114,003. However, if you choose to take on additional responsibilities, like management or education, you can expect to earn more. It’s also possible to supplement your income by taking on private patients.

Key skills for neurology jobs

Being a great neurologist is about more than your qualifications. There are lots of useful skills you’ll need to excel in this area of medicine, including:

  • Strong problem-solving and observational skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team of healthcare professionals
  • Genuine interest in continuing your learning and finding solutions to difficult problems, such as diagnosing certain diseases
  • Strong organisation and time-keeping skills
  • Compassionate communication

Where can a career neurology take you?

 Once you’re a qualified neurologist, you can choose a range of sub-specialties including:

  • Movement disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pain management
  • Epilepsy
  • Headaches
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular medicine

Neurology is an incredibly broad field, as more than 5,000 neurological disorders and diseases have been identified to date and more are being researched and discovered each year. As such, lots of people with an interest in neurology choose to move into research and work towards a PhD. You could also move into a teaching or management position.

What’s next for your career?

You can browse and apply for a wide range of both permanent and temporary neurology roles right here with Medacs. Every day, we receive around 1,000 new roles that span all NHS frameworks, and plenty of private healthcare companies too. We also get first sight of agency-allocated shifts across more than 150 Trusts, giving you maximum flexibility and choice when it comes to your work.

Medacs can help you with matters such as Revalidation and give you access to free and discounted appraisals, removing a big source of inconvenience and a financial burden. We also offer an extensive range of CPD courses, so you can continue learning throughout your career.

Don’t consider yourself the best at negotiations? Our friendly and skilled team will help you negotiate pay and offer lots of helpful advice and guidance on a range of career matters. You’ll also stay in control of your work/life balance throughout your time working with Medacs. All you need to do is tell us when, where and how often you’d like to work and we can find roles and shift patterns that suit your lifestyle and career goals. 

Moving to the UK

Every year, we locate over 2,000 international healthcare professionals into the UK, so if you’re considering relocating to the UK, there is plenty of support on offer.

For more information, visit our Moving to the UK guide.

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