Specialty Doctor is a new title for senior, career grade doctors working in hospitals in the UK NHS. The previous grades of Staff Grade and Specialty Doctor were subsumed into this new grade when it was introduced in 2008.
There are more than 9,000 Specialty Doctors in the UK and you are very likely to be seen by one if admitted to the care of a hospital specialist. Most report to a consultant but have many years of specialty experience and they are employed on a contract similar to that for consultants. Specialty Doctors usually perform more direct patient care than their consultant colleagues as they are not normally involved in management, yet will generally have more experience and skills than the majority of their colleagues in the training grades.