What is Required?
This varies according to centre. At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham all the Oncology registrars take part in a 1:16 on call rota.
The centres outside Birmingham run the registrar on call rota during the day/early evening (including weekends) but not overnight.
There is always a consultant on call as well (if this is a Medical Oncology consultant their will be a second on call consultant clinical Oncologist for emergency radiotherapy).
The on calls cover oncology only (in-patient and emergency admissions plus urgent advice to other Specialities) but will include planning emergency radiotherapy for e.g. spinal cord compression.
They provide excellent experience of acute oncology and urgent oncology presentations.