The medical team handles the safety and wellbeing of all crewmembers and passengers, ensuring that they address illnesses and injuries promptly. Potential job roles include:
Senior Doctor, Ship’s Doctor or Physician, Chief Nurse, Nurse, Paramedic, Physiotherapist, Dentist
No two days will be the same – depending upon the position held, you could be attending to emergencies, seeing general patients or undertaking administrative duties. You’ll tend to the sick, monitor outbreaks of illnesses, keep medical inventories, administer prescriptions and medications, give immediate first aid and offer training to new or subordinate team members. It’s your job to ensure that members of the crew and public are safe and that they receive treatment for ailments and ills.
As a member of the ship’s medical team, you must be qualified to degree level and hold registration with a relevant national body. You will be highly trained and skilled and able to show several years’ experience in your field of medicine. The right candidates can perform basic life support techniques and are qualified to administer a range of techniques and procedures, including emergency medicine and trauma.
All ships’ medical staff members must have excellent communication skills. You’ll have an impeccable command of the English language and will ideally be fluent in a second language. You’ll be confident working under pressure and facing new challenges, and smaller procedures and concerns won’t faze you either.
Whether you’re working as a physiotherapist, doctor or paramedic, you’ll always have a professional attitude. Previous cruise ship experience helps, although it is not necessary. You’ll be willing to undergo constant training to keep in line with contemporary practices. In short, your job never stops progressing.
Medical team members will earn anywhere from £2,000 to £8,000 per month, depending upon position, seniority and experience. There will be opportunities for career progression as you undergo basic and skilled training.