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    I am aspiring to become a neurosurgeon but I would very much like to go into private healthcare as opposed to working with the NHS. What course of action is required to take this route? Any help is very much appreciated. 😊
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    I am aspiring to become a neurosurgeon but I would very much like to go into private healthcare as opposed to working with the NHS. What course of action is required to take this route? Any help is very much appreciated. 😊
    I’m not entirely sure but I’m pretty sure you spend your time as a junior doctor working for the NHS. Hope it’s not too terrible for you.
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    (Original post by georgelagalle)
    I am aspiring to become a neurosurgeon but I would very much like to go into private healthcare as opposed to working with the NHS. What course of action is required to take this route? Any help is very much appreciated. 😊
    Few UK consultants work exclusively in private practice.

    Regardless you will need to become a neurosurgery consultant (4-6 years med school, 2 years foundation training, 8 years neurosurgery specialty training, assuming no breaks) and then continue to develop your expertise and special interests before going into private work.

    tl;dr: focus on getting into med school for now.
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    Few UK consultants work exclusively in private practice.

    Regardless you will need to become a neurosurgery consultant (4-6 years med school, 2 years foundation training, 8 years neurosurgery specialty training, assuming no breaks) and then continue to develop your expertise and special interests before going into private work.

    tl;dr: focus on getting into med school for now.
    Thanks for the help 👍🏼
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    You can work in the private sector as a junior doctor covering private wards and whatnot. However, you would just be doing the lackey work (and for any actually sick patients you would do what everyone else does - call an NHS ambulance) and your career progression just halts. You certainly wouldn't be seeing any neurosurgery, let alone doing it!

    The only way to be a private neurosurgeon is to train to be a neurosurgeon on the NHS, then set up a private practice alongside your NHS work which as above, takes decades.
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    You can work in the private sector as a junior doctor covering private wards and whatnot. However, you would just be doing the lackey work (and for any actually sick patients you would do what everyone else does - call an NHS ambulance) and your career progression just halts. You certainly wouldn't be seeing any neurosurgery, let alone doing it!

    The only way to be a private neurosurgeon is to train to be a neurosurgeon on the NHS, then set up a private practice alongside your NHS work which as above, takes decades.
    Thank you for this insightful response 😊
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    Can I ask why private practice?
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    Can I ask why private practice?
    Probably money and less stress.
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    Probably money and less stress.
    Why would they do a medical degree then? xD
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    Why would they do a medical degree then? xD
    Because they enjoy science or OP might just be a deluded year 11 student who has an idealistic (too optimistic) view of the realities of medicine.
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    Because they enjoy science or OP might just be a deluded year 11 student who has an idealistic (too optimistic) view of the realities of medicine.
    They may have alternative reasons.
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    They may have alternative reasons.
    Yes.
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    (Original post by georgelagalle)
    I am aspiring to become a neurosurgeon but I would very much like to go into private healthcare as opposed to working with the NHS. What course of action is required to take this route? Any help is very much appreciated. 😊
    Argh another neurosurgeon? Are we in grip of the neurosurgical flu at the minute?!

    Just train like any other neurosurgeon, foundation programme then run-through ST1 neurosurgery or core surgery then ST3 neurosurgery. It takes 9 years after graduation then you become a consultant.

    You may well not get in at the first go, the competition is quite high at ST1 / less at ST3. After you are qualified as a consultant then you can practise neurosurgery privately (not a lot of junior cons do though).
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    Because they enjoy science or OP might just be a deluded year 11 student who has an idealistic (too optimistic) view of the realities of medicine.
    I’m year 13 by the way 😊
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    I’m year 13 by the way 😊
    have you applied to med schools this year?
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    have you applied to med schools this year?
    Yes
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    Yes
    sweet - good luck then!
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    sweet - good luck then!
    Thank you 👍🏼
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    have you applied to med schools this year?
    Sorry.
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    Sorry.
    what?
 
 
 
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