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Careers Support

The careers pages contains information for doctors and dentists within the Oxford Deanery as they develop their careers. It also has external links to other websites that can help if you are part of the wider health workforce.

There is information for doctors regarding career choice and direction, making a good application, links to other careers pages, such as NHS Medical Careers, and advice for trainees and managers regarding health and sickness

Medical Students

The best time to begin researching and planning your career path is in your third or fourth year of medical school - this will give you time to explore your own strengths and areas for development. It will also help you to make the most of opportunities that come your way. This can be a good time to use the Sci59 interactive career tool kit to look at how your aptitudes match with different medical careers. You will also find a useful set of self-assessment exercises on NHS Medical Careers, along with wide-ranging information on different specialties.

Foundation Doctors

During your Foundation training, you will be offered two free MedicCareers workshops, one in each of your Foundation years. Foundation doctors taking part have commented on how welcome it has been to have some time devoted to them and their career concerns. Some Foundation doctors find using Sci59 useful if they are torn between a number of specialties. Look at the specialty pages of NHS Medical Careers where for a wide range of specialties and subspecialties there are details of the training pathway, workforce statistics, case studies, and a section on working life.

The Foundation Programme website also has a range of careers information.

Staff Grade and Associate Specialists

Information for Staff Grade and Associate Specialists

One to One Support in Oxford Deanery

Trainee doctors and dentists in the Oxford Deanery looking for individual career help should talk to their Educational Supervisor in the first instance, but can contact the Career Development Unit (CDU) for confidential support. Doctors and dentists in non training roles should contact their Clinical Supervisor, their Trust's Director of Medical Education, or the CDU , as appropriate.

Policy Documents


Barbara Wallis; Careers Development Unit

NHS Careers | Career Development Strategy | Sci59 Tool | Health Advice Drs & Dentists | Glossary of Career Terms | Choosing Your Direction | Interviews | MedicCareers Workshops | Writing a Good Application | Writing a Good CV | Glossary of Terms | Medical Training Programmes | CCT Frequently Asked Questions

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