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Hospital doctor

Hospital doctors apply their medical knowledge and skills to diagnose, prevent and treat illnesses and injuries in hospital settings.


Hospital doctors work in hospital wards and out-patient clinics, working with a wide range of other healthcare professionals both in the hospital and the community, including nurses and radiologists. Most hospital doctors work in one of around 60 specialties, including anaesthesia, cardiology, general surgery and paediatrics.


Hospital doctors are key to ensuring the safety of the patients they care for. The majority of incidents that are reported to the Reporting and Learning System (RLS) are reported from the acute sector. This enables the National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) to analyse and learn from incidents, and develop guidance that can be implemented across the NHS.


NRLS guidance for hospital doctors includes alerts and specialist guidance and toolkits on areas such as surgery and anaesthesia.


View or search the NRLS catalogue of resources relating to hospital doctors below.