Doctors specialising in respiratory medicine diagnose and treat respiratory conditions affecting the patient. The respiratory (breathing) system includes structures such as the nose, throat (pharynx), larynx, the windpipe (trachea), the lungs and the diaphragm.
Respiratory medicine is a busy and varied profession. With one-third of all acute medical admissions to hospital being of a respiratory nature. 1
Where do Respiratory Consultants usually work?
Respiratory Consultants can work in the following areas:
There are general respiratory and specialist clinics. Asthmatic patients and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) sufferers are often treated in public clinics.
COPD includes chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive airways disease. The GP may refer patients with abnormal chest x-rays, haemoptysis (coughing up blood), breathlessness, or other respiratory conditions requiring assessment.
What are the common Respiratory Conditions that Consultants treat?
Common respiratory conditions include:
How do I become a Respiratory Consultant?
Management Roles include:
SAS doctor roles
SAS doctors - Staff, Associate Specialists and Specialty Doctors- will practice as career grade speciality doctors who are not in training or consultant posts. You will need at least four postgraduate years of training (two of those being in a relevant speciality) before you can apply for SAS roles.1
Other non-training grade roles include staff grade and clinical fellows.
Can Respiratory Consultants branch out into sub-specialities?
While there are no formally recognised subspecialties, respiratory medicine has several important ‘special interest’ areas including lung transplantation, adult cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and more.1
What does the job market look like?
Respiratory medicine is one of the largest speciality in the UK Respiratory diseases now affect one in five in the UK, making career opportunities for specialists in this area widespread.
Respiratory medicine is an area that is moving rapidly with new treatments such as interventional bronchoscopy and medical thoracoscopy (diagnostic examinations using scopes to examine and treat the patient) and improvements in the management of several conditions.1
Research is prominent and ever-increasing in respiratory circles, and in the future, more respiratory experts will be community-based .1
Respiratory medicine is both a unique and rewarding specialty which is particularly relevant now with the respiratory virus of Covid-19 in our society.
We have opportunities for many disciplines, including respiratory medicine, and if you want to talk to one of our dedicated recruitment consultants, why not register today.
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