Working in Hematology/Oncology in the NHS

Working in Hematology/Oncology in the NHS

Hematology and oncology in the NHS are interesting departments to work in. They test you in not only how you approach the different complications associated with patient care, but also how you relate and express yourself to the patient and their family. There is a good deal of breaking bad news, being empathetic, and handling patients who may need palliation. The specialty as a whole can be emotionally exhausting but very rewarding.

What can you expect?

Patients in this department are often directly admitted to the ward instead of having to go through A&E or AMU/CDU. This is because they are often susceptible to picking up infections via the usual route. If this occurs, you will need to clerk them on the ward. Patients may also come in directly if they require a biopsy done for histological confirmation.

You would need to assess these patients as you would any other patient you'd be clerking in on an acute ward. It's important that you attend to them quickly as they more . . .

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Thank you so much for your expert and sincere guidance. I am starting my first NHS job as an SHO in Hematology tomorrow and feel lucky to have gone through this blog beforehand. It’s mentioned that the length of IMT differs according to the aspired specialty training afterwards. I went… Read more »


Hi can you please tell me what are the important topics to prepare for a haemat/onco sho interview?

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