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Neurologist jobs: frequently asked questions
Welcome to our neurologist jobs page, featuring the very latest neurologist roles across the UK, as well as frequently asked questions below.
What is a Neurologist?
A neurologist is a doctor specialising in the treatment and management of disorders that affect the nervous system.
Neurologists treat conditions that directly relate to malfunctions of the nervous systems, as well as diseases like meningitis which can potentially cause brain damage once established.
There are a huge number of neurological diseases and conditions which neurologists treat and manage, the most common of which include strokes, blackouts, brain tumours, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
What are the daily duties of a Neurologist?
Given the huge range of diseases a neurologist can encounter, their daily duties can vary greatly.
But responsibilities can typically include:
• MRI and CT scans
• EEG tests
• Informal assessments for signs and symptoms of neurological diseases
• The implementation of some medications or treatment plans
• Referring patients to relevant neurosurgeons for specific surgical treatment
Neurologists, like other doctors, tend to work in a shift pattern which may include weekend work and unsociable hours.
How do you become a Neurologist?
The career path for a neurologist is quite similar to that of a doctor.
To become a neurologist you first need to complete a five-year degree in medicine that is recognised by the General Medical Council.
You’ll then need to complete a two-year Foundation Programme of general training.
Subsequently you’ll need to complete around two or three years of core training as a doctor, involving between four and six placements in different medical areas. You can then apply for membership of the Royal College of Physicians.
And finally, following all this, you’ll need to undertake around five years of specialist training in neurology.
Evidently, it’s a long and challenging career path. But given the complexity involved and expertise required for the role, it’s hardly surprising.
How much do Neurologists earn?
Pay for neurologists is quite hard to pinpoint because it’s such a specialised field.
According to industry data, the average neurologist salary is between £60,000 and £65,000 a year. But this average takes into account salaries that can start closer to £50,000 and can rise well beyond £100,000.
However, it’s fair to say that neurologist pay should be roughly in line with consultant level pay – which starts at around £60,000. That’s because to become a neurologist, you have to undertake many years of training and study, which sees your salary progress through the junior doctor and physician phases.
Although the vast majority of neurologists work in the NHS, some do also work privately. Private salaries for neurologists vary too, but anecdotally it’s suggested that pay is higher than in the NHS.
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