The average age of appointment is probably about 32 overall, tending to be somewhat higher in the Surgical Specialities. Most Consultants contract part-time with the NHS in order to build and maintain a Private Practice in addition; typically they work for the NHS three and a half days a week, and spend the rest of the time in Private Practice. Private diagnostic or Inpatient services are generally provided by commercial hospitals, run by organisations such as BUPA or AMH.
NHS salaries for Consultants commence at £52640 rising to £68505 after five years, but with the potential to increase to £90465 after thirteen years if the management feel you're worth it. Consultants on part time salaries will earn proportionately less from NHS work. The State provides malpractice cover arising out of any work performed on the NHS, but the Consultant must make separate arrangements for any claims arising out of Private Practice.