Role of Acute Physician Consultant

Qualities of the Acute Physician

The Acute Physician will have the skills and training (competencies) to manage the acutely unwell medical patient. They will also have leadership skills, strong practical skills and the ability to improve the patient journey while in hospital.

Day-to-Day Responsibilities

In day-to-day practice the Acute Physician will combine these skills and abilities to produce high quality care for all patients with acute medical problems as well as supervising and teaching staff and students/trainees and developing new ways the patient can be cared for.

Large numbers of patients with acute and chronic diseases are admitted daily to acute medical units and many require changes to their medications; acute physicians are central to these prescribing decisions.

A Role with a Variety of Challenges

Acute Physician Consultants often run Rapid Access Acute Care Clinics; these provide an alternative to hospital admission. In addition a variety of conditions are also treated by Acute Physicians in ‘Ambulatory Care’ Clinics; patients attend on a daily basis for treatment and/or clinical review which previously would have required an in-patient stay.


Locations & Rotation Numbers

The following Trusts currently provide Acute Internal Medicine Training:


Hospital Trust

Number of Trainees

Example Timetable


Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust


2 - Sandwell Hospital

3 - City Hospital

Under Construction


University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


3 - Queen Elizabeth Hospital

3 - Heartlands Hospital

3 - Good Hope Hospital

Under Construction


Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust


3 - Walsall Manor Hospital

Under Construction


Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust


3 - New Cross Hospital

Under Construction


Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust


2 - Russell’s Hall Hospital

Under Construction


University Hospital North Midlands NHS Trust


4 - Royal Stoke University Hospital

Under Construction


University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


3 - University Hospital Coventry

Under Construction


Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


3 - Worcester Acute Hospital

Under Construction


South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust


3 - Warwick Hospital

Under Construction

Page Last Updated 1st December 2020