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Specialties & Qualifications

This standard details the specific qualifications the practitioner holds that proves they have the skills and knowledge to practise medicine in their profession. The practitioner’s specialties and sub-specialties are also listed, together with a list of procedures/treatments undertaken and details of their clinical interests.

Specialty training is particularly relevant to doctors and is undertaken after completion of the initial Foundation Programme. It is at this stage that doctors decide the particular area of medical expertise they will pursue during their career. Depending on the specialty, this further training will take between 3-8 years and, following completion, the doctor can become a consultant. Some specialties give opportunities to further sub-specialise into areas of particular interest to the doctor. 

For practitioners who are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), this information (apart from Procedures/Treatments) is automatically captured via a feed received, Monday to Friday (apart from Bank Holidays), from the List of Registered Medical Practitioners using Healthcode's republishing licence, details of which can be viewed on the GMC Information page.

Data elements required and their visibility to insurer and hospital organisations:

 FIELD

 DESCRIPTION

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Specialty

The branch of medical practice that is broadly focused on a defined group of patients, diseases or skills.

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Sub-specialty

A narrower field within the specialty, that gives greater detail of what work the practitioner undertakes.

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Procedures/Treatments

The list of procedures/treatments undertaken by the practitioner for each specialty or sub-specialty by CCSD code and description.

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 Qualification

The medical degree or other primary qualification(s) achieved by the practitioner.

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 Year of Qualification

The year the practitioner achieved each medical degree/primary qualification.

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 Place of Qualification

The university or medical training facility where the practitioner gained each medical degree/primary qualification.

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Country of Qualification

The country where the university or medical training facility is located.

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Clinical Interests

An optional space for the practitioner to further define their sub-specialties, giving greater detail of clinical work undertaken.

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