Other Career Options
All doctors are required to undertake elements of the above professionally, but some have a more developed interest in these areas and wish to have a greater role in them. The links below provide more information of opportunities available locally and nationally.
- Academia / Research
- Academic Foundation Programme
- HEE, EoE
- National Institute for Health Research
Alternatives to working in the NHS
At various stages in their career, doctors may consider working outside the NHS and the options include:
- Defence Medical Services
- Working abroad
- Prison Healthcare
- Expedition Medicine
Information on all these areas can also be found on the Medical Careers website
Careers Using your Medical Degree
There are a range of opportunities for doctors to use their qualification in a non-clinical area, these include:
- Medical Journalism
- Medical politics and ethics
- Pharmaceutical medicine
- NHS Management
Information on all these areas can be readily accessed through the NHS Medical Careers website and also our Downloadable Leaflet Doctors considering Leaving Medicine.
Some Doctors will realise that medicine is not for them or have to leave medicine because of ill health etc. This is often perceived negatively by other medics but that's not always how the person concerned experiences it.
Remote volunteer opportunities
There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities out there. Many of these have switched to remote working which has increased their accessibility. The following page gives details of a range of remote volunteer opportunities:
Give Back with These Volunteering Opportunities You Can Do From Anywhere
Less Than Full Time Training
This is increasingly common for a number of reasons. More information is available on the HEE LTFT page.