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Applying for 2007 MMC Jobs in UK: Timeline, Tips and Guidance
by MMC - 18734 reads, based on 6 votes
Tips to be prepared! Familiarise yourself with the applications timetable and keep this in mind when planning holidays etc Think about how to provide evidence of your competences – e.g. FP portfolio, workplace assessments, log book, clinical observations, records of in-training assessments etc. Make sure you have a working e-mail account Think about your referees and ask if they are prepared to write on your behalf Think about when you want to start – deferred start only allowed for recognised research ... More

What you need to know about Ward Rounds for you F1/PRHO Interview
by tezb - 16301 reads, based on 21 votes
This article aims to cover the salient points about ward rounds that you will need to know for F1/PRHO interviews in the UK.I have been asked prepared this for those of you who have concerns about demonstration of ward round skills during your interview for PRHO/Foundation Posts. ... More

SHO Job Crisis in UK - Advice to juniors looking for SHO posts
by plabotomy - 9063 reads, based on 5 votes
Advice to juniors looking for SHO posts • keep applying for jobs and don’t give up • talk to your consultant/mentor and/or dean about your situation • talk to your regional specialty training adviser • be flexible — be prepared to take a job in another location and/or another specialty in the short term • be realistic — competition in some specialties is intense — if you need to adjust your long term career aspirations — seek careers advice • contact locum agencies • apply for trust grade posts as a last resort — JDC does not approve of service grade posts that are not accredited for training and may have disadvantageous contracts that do not adhere to national terms and conditions ... More

The Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB), UK
by pmetb - 9427 reads, based on 2 votes
PMETB was established by the General and Special Medical Practice (Education and Qualifications) Order, approved by Parliament two years ago, ‘to develop a single, unifying framework for postgraduate medical education and training across the UK’. PMETB will ‘go live’ on 30th September 2005 and a ‘launch event’ is being planned for 11 October in London.... More

After the Foundation Programme
by MMC - 4500 reads, based on 2 votes
How and when do I apply to post-Foundation Programme specialist/GP training? PMETB and the medical royal colleges have been charged with developing new specialist training programmes. Post-foundation training will involve a new integrated and streamlined training programme combining SHO level basic specialist training and SpR level higher specialist training. ... More

Foundation Year 2 (F2) - Essential Information
by MMC - 8074 reads, based on 3 votes
Placements in F2 will typically consist of three 4-month placements. Doctors may also have the opportunity to have embedded 'tasters' (e.g. working for a week in another specialty). Methods for allocating placements in F2 will vary from deanery to deanery but trainees will be able to express preferences.... More

Foundation Year 1 (F1) - Essential Information
by MMC - 6856 reads, based on 5 votes
What information will I get about the programme before I start? During the induction, you will receive a copy of the Curriculum, Rough Guide to the Foundation Programme, a CD-Rom e-Guide and a Foundation Learning Portfolio. These resources will help you understand what is expected of you, how the assessments work and how to gather evidence for your portfolios. What happens in Foundation Year 1 (F1)? The first foundation year will be similar to the old PRHO year. During the first year, trainees will do at least three months in medicine and three months in surgery. Some rotations offer six months of medicine and six months of surgery, but most placements will be for four months. Throu... More

Applying to the Foundation Programme
by MMC - 5377 reads, based on 2 votes
How do I get into the Foundation Programme? All the positions for the Foundation Programme beginning in August 2005 and February 2006 have been filled. To apply to the Foundation Programme for August 2006, check the medical press in October for an advertisement inviting candidates to apply to their first choice 'Unit of Application' (UoA). This UoA will usually be a postgraduate deanery, or a foundation school within the deanery. ... More

Applying to the Foundation Programme
by MMC - 3987 reads, based on 1 vote
How do I get into the Foundation Programme? All the positions for the Foundation Programme beginning in August 2005 and February 2006 have been filled. To apply to the Foundation Programme for August 2006, check the medical press in October for an advertisement inviting candidates to apply to their first choice 'Unit of Application' (UoA). This UoA will usually be a postgraduate deanery, or a foundation school within the deanery. ... More

What is the Foundation Programme?
by MMC - 4648 reads, 0 votes
The Foundation Programme is a two-year training programme for new doctors and will start in August 2005. It incorporates the PRHO year and first year of SHO training. The programme will enable trainee doctors to gain competences in core clinical skills, as well as other professional skills such as teamworking and communication. Doctors will be assessed throughout the two year period to explicit standards, which are set out in the Curriculum for the Foundation Years in Postgraduate Education and Training.... More

Further medical training for overseas doctors in UK
by NHS Careers - 6922 reads, based on 2 votes
More information on training opportunities for medical graduates from outside the UK is available in the publication Medical Training in the United Kingdom: a Guide for International Graduates. This document is available on the Department of Health website at:... More

Registration and Practice for Overseas Doctors in UK
by NHS Careers - 9578 reads, based on 5 votes
In order to practice in the NHS a doctor must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). The procedure for registration varies according to whether the doctors primary medical qualification was awarded within or outside the European Economic Area (EEA).... More

Job Resources for Overseas Doctors in UK
by NHS Careers - 14202 reads, based on 3 votes
Job Vacancies/Positions Positions as General Practitioners and consultants for overseas doctors Doctors from overseas who have the right skills and experience to work as a General Practitioner (working in the field of family medicine) or as a Consultant (the most senior doctors post in England working in hospitals) could contact : NHS International Recruitment Response Management Chancery House 53-56 Chancery Lane London WC2A 1QS UNITED KINGDOM Tel: 0044 207 649 6017 (24 hours) Email: [email protected] Website: www.internationalrecruitment.nhs.uk... More

What is National Insurance Number in UK?
by - 3168 reads, 0 votes
All those working in the UK must pay National Insurance contributions. This helps to pay for the NHS and social security benefits. So that your contributions can be credited to you, you must apply for a National Insurance number.... More

Middle Grade Hospital Jobs in UK
by - 44221 reads, 0 votes
The posts of Registrar, Senior Registrar and the new unified Specialist Registrar grade make up the middle grade hospital medical staff. Entry to the middle grades of Junior Hospital Doctor is now regulated by a strict quota system. It was recognised in the early 1970s that the medical career ladder had a significant bottle neck developing in it such that, without action, there would soon be large numbers of doctors who had completed their specialist training, but for whom Consultant Posts did not exist. It was felt that this would be detrimental to the morale of the profession and the well being of the public (see the Snow report). As a result, a committee named JPAC sits annually to dec... More

Consultant Jobs in UK
by - 2996 reads, 0 votes
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.... More

Associate Specialists and Staff Grade Jobs in UK
by - 3502 reads, 0 votes
The traditional career ladder of PRHO to SHO to SpR to Consultant is taken by the majority of doctors. However, a few fall by the wayside for various reasons and don't quite make the grade. The cuddly NHS, not wanting to lose these people, therefore from time to time creates new long term contract career grade posts for such doctors who are stuck on the career ladder, can't progress further up, and would have the next generation of doctors snapping at their heels if they were obliged to keep applying for the typical short-term 6 month junior doc post.... More

Self regulation and reaccreditation: Bristol, Shipman, Ledward and Neale
by - 3579 reads, 0 votes
Events in 1999/2000 focussed political and public attention on the question of who regulates and monitors the doctors. The statutory regulatory body, the General Medical Council, came under considerable criticism and was accused of protecting doctors at the expense of patients. Several high profile cases of badly performing doctors raised serious concerns:... More

Entry System to the Medical School in UK
by - 2989 reads, 0 votes
The education system in England and Wales is often spoken of as divided into Primary Education (5-12), Secondary Education (12-18) and Higher Education (18+). Education is compulsory by law for all children up until the age of 16, and there is a national exit exam at this stage, formerly known as 'O' Levels, now known as GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education). The teaching curriculcum up to the age of 16 is laid down by the Department of Education in the National Curriculum, and this therefore closely determines the content and scope of education up to this point. Students who choose not to leave Secondary Education at age 16 after GCSEs, but instead continue to 18, will usually ... More

House Officer Jobs in UK
by - 9136 reads, based on 8 votes
Following qualification at medical school (= passing the finals exam), students may apply for a provisional registration and license to practice as a doctor in the UK. All such licenses are granted by the UK doctors' regulatory body, the General Medical Council (GMC). A provisional license entitles the holder to practice medicine only under supervision by a fully licensed practitioner. Full registration is obtained upon satisfactory completion of an approved, supervised apprenticeship of one year duration which must contain at least 4 months each of Hospital Medicine and Hospital Surgery.... More

THE MEDICAL SCHOOL TRAINING
by - 2943 reads, based on 1 vote
There is some variability in the length and approach of the training of doctors which is undertaken by different UK Medical Schools. The 'Classical' approach - still the commonest - is a five year course, broken into two distinct segments:... More

SENIOR HOUSE OFFICER
by - 3206 reads, 0 votes
Following completion of the House Jobs, and acquisition of Full Registration, UK doctors may begin specialist training. In the initial phase, this involves seeking further six month contracts in appropriate specialities at the grade of Senior House Officer (SHO). Over a period of two to four years, a prospective specialist will change jobs (and frequently hospital) every six months so as to gain experience in and around their chosen subject. What counts as appropriate is determined semi-explicitly by the various Royal Colleges, who exercise responsibility for the Post-Registration training of all UK Doctors. During this period of time, it is common (well, effectively mandatory) to sit the re... More

THE CALMAN REPORT, THE NEW DEAL & THE EUROPEAN WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE
by - 7112 reads, based on 3 votes
The description above attempts to give an overview of the various training requirements for doctors working in the UK. The mechanisms to ensure appropriate experience and training are gained also presuppose appropriate supervision at all stages. Whilst there has always been an understanding that complete, unbroken supervision of junior doctors by more senior ones was unrealistic, in recent years it is widely felt that raw quantity of (often unsupervised) experience has been relied on too heavily as a substitute for quality. Consultants, nominally the supervisors of the continuing education of the Junior and Middle Grade Staff on their firm, have always been obliged to balance the pressures t... More

The Doctors Pay Review Body in UK
by - 2237 reads, 0 votes
Fairly early on in the history of the NHS it was recognised that the position of the government as effectively a monopoly employer made pay bargaining somewhat tricky, and potentially unfair. A similar problem was identified for other professions, such as Nurses and Teachers. In order to avoid any unseemly rows between gentlemen, the government instituted a system of independent pay review bodies. The idea was that, on an annual basis, the government and doctors would put to a panel of independent reviewers their views as to what doctors should be paid. It was expected that, more often than not, both sides would usually, as gentlemen do, suggest more or less identical pay levels. Only when a... More

Faculty of Public Health (UK) Sponsorship Scheme for exemption from the PLAB
by FPH - 6847 reads, based on 1 vote
Faculty Sponsorship Scheme. The Faculty operates a scheme to consider sponsoring a small number of overseas-qualified doctors to enable them to train in public health medicine in the UK under Limited Registration, without passing the PLAB test, before returning to their own countries. For the purpose of sponsorship, an Overseas doctor is defined as one who is not a national of one of the member states of the EEA, including the UK. Doctors who have rights of residence or who benefit from European Community rights are not normally eligible for sponsorship.... More

Facts about the doctors from new EU states wishing to practise in UK
by GMC - 2266 reads, based on 1 vote
The General Medical Council welcomes the 10 states joining the European Union (EU) on 1 May 2004. All nationals of the 10 new member states will have rights to free movement to the UK for work purposes. ... More

Salary scales for doctors in United Kingdom
by RxPG - 25044 reads, based on 12 votes
If you are unsure whether a job's terms and conditions comply with BMA agreements should consult the association’s secretary. Locum appointments Be aware that long term and undefined locum appointments may lack some of the usual benefits of service. Before taking up appointments, applicants should ensure that they have received a contract, clearly specifying the number of sessions or notional half days. Applicants for specialist training grades should confirm prospectively whether the time spent in the appointment counts towards their training goal. Part time (flexible) appointments Training grades: Postgraduate deans control the funding for these posts,... More

A Sample CV for PLAB Jobs in NHS
by plabmaster - 5474 reads, 0 votes
CURRICULUM VITAE NAME: SEX: ADDRESS: TELEPHONE: ... More

Interview techniques for NHS Jobs
by plabmaster - 5069 reads, based on 1 vote
In the UK, every job is given after interviewing you, this is a formal event. Your CV gets you the interview, the interview gets the job. Typically after shortlisting you, the hospital will ask for your referees opinion about you and your capabilities. So once shortlisted, do check with your friendly referees if they have been asked for their reference or in short warn them to wait for one such letter. Sometimes the referee may know some one in that hospital and he may want to ring him about you and put in a good word. ... More

Sample Testimonial for PLAB Jobs in NHS
by plabmaster - 8611 reads, based on 4 votes
General “testimonial” This should be on a letter head of the hospital, but signed by the consultant and not the head-clerk ! General letter such as “worked from ………to …………. And his work was satisfactory” is a certificate, it is not a reference. You need references. ... More

Job Hierarchy in NHS
by plabmaster - 5070 reads, 0 votes
The first job that most of us will take will be that of SHO or HO (house officer). A typical appointment will be for 6 months however, more and more branches are encouraging longer appointments (2 year rotations are fairly common). Often and HO job is the one you may take up. Such a decision becomes simpler if you have never worked before at all (fresh intern), however sometimes we know those with MD and 3-4 years experience have chosen to take up an HO job. Possibly out of anxiety after being unemployed for a couple of months. HO post is comparable to the internship in some countries except that the HO is paid well and expected to work hard, not just carry investigation tubes from here to t... More

Progress in your career in NHS
by plabmaster - 2403 reads, 0 votes
The first job that most of us will take will be that of SHO or HO (house officer). A typical appointment will be for 6 months however, more and more branches are encouraging longer appointments (2 year rotations are fairly common). Often and HO job is the one you may take up. Such a decision becomes simpler if you have never worked before at all (fresh intern), however sometimes we know those with MD and 3-4 years experience have chosen to take up an HO job. Possibly out of anxiety after being unemployed for a couple of months. HO post is comparable to the internship in some countries except that the HO is paid well and expected to work hard, not just carry investigation tubes from here to t... More

PLAB Exemption
by - 9986 reads, based on 2 votes
Some colleges are more active (Psychiatry, Anaesthesiology) than the others. The BCL processes it's application independent of your specialty something called client funded training scheme. They charge around Stg. 750 for their services whilst the Royal College fees are a little less or not at all. Typical process time is around a few months. ... More


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