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A snapshot of... Hertfordshire

By Gabrielle Richardson
May 20, 2019

Beautiful Hertfordshire is located in South East England and is surrounded by Essex, Buckinghamshire, Greater London and Bedfordshire. It contains one city, St. Albans and other large towns including Watford, Hitchen, Hemel Hempstead and Stevenage. The county has various landmarks from Leavesden Film Studios, where the Harry Potter tour lies, Paradise Wildlife Park and English Country Stately Homes. St. Albans, which is found in South Hertfordshire has been voted one of the best places to live in the entire UK and this city has the third highest earnings in the country. Families choose to relocate to Hertfordshire because it is easily commutable distance to London, just an 18-minute train ride away. Reasons to relocate to Hertfordshire Excellent transportation links to London An array of green spaces and easy access to the countryside Picture-perfect villages Outstanding state schools, in addition to top-performing independent schools Rich in history, the county is full of many historic and cultural sites and events Cost of Living Accommodation One bedroom in City Centre £908.33 One bedroom Outside of Centre £875.00 Three bedrooms in City Centre £2,000.00 Three bedroom Outside of Centre £1,500.00 Transportation 1L of Petrol £1.29 One-way ticket £2.90 Monthly pass £75.00 Taxi trip, 5 miles £20 Entertainment Basic dinner out for two in a neighbourhood pub £35 Two tickets to the cinema £20 Two tickets to the theatre £95 Cappuccino £3.01 One month of gym membership £40 Areas to live in Hertfordshire If you prefer quiet village life, you have various options available to you. From Ashwell, Barley, Harpenden and Aldbury – which all made it to County Life’s Best Places to Live for Commuters Survey. Residing in one of the listed villages will provide you with access to art galleries, luxury properties, country fairs and music festivals. Alternatively, if you prefer the buzz of a busy town, you could opt to live in Hertford, St. Albans or Watford – these towns offer plenty of green space, excellent quality schools and a healthy economy. Similar to country living, you will have a full range of properties, from flats, terraces, town houses and new builds. Getting to other cities from Hertfordshire via Train London – 18 minutes Birmingham - 2 hours 11 minutes Manchester – 2 hours 52 minutes Bristol - 2 hours 41 minutes Cardiff – 2 hours 41 minutes Leeds – 2 hours 49 minutes Edinburgh – 4 hours 53 minutes Education in Hertfordshire Hertfordshire is a fantastic place to bring up children because statistics have revealed that 9 out of 10 schools in the area come under the good or outstanding ratings. Overall, the schools in Hertfordshire have a higher score than the Ofsted national average, which currently sits at just below 90%. With regards to further education, those living in Hertfordshire can easily access top universities such as University College London, Imperial College London, King’s College London, London School of Economic and Political Science, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London and so forth. Top things to do in Hertfordshire Warner Bros. Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter – This is one of the biggest days out in Hertfordshire and the tour sees millions of visitors from all over the world each year. On your visit you can explore sets used in the films, alongside props, costumes and art. St. Albans Cathedral – The city is named after Britain’s first saint and the grand cathedral is a beautiful church to explore. Cassiobury Park, Watford – This is the largest public open space in Watford and is over 190 acres. The park consists of a playground, paddling pools, a miniature railway, a zip wire and a local nature reserve. The River Lee, Broxbourne – Explore the River Lee by boat at the Lee Valley Boat Centre. You can explore the river via electric boats, rowing boats, pedalos and canoes! You can also book a public or a private cruise on a larger boat where you can also enjoy a meal on-board. to Hertfordshire If you are an international doctor planning to relocate to the UK and join the NHS, email your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and we will be in touch regarding current opportunities. Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor When you join, you will have access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and receive professional guidance and the chance to meet other IMGs. References , cost of living comparisons. (2019). Cost of Living in United Kingdom.. ] Available at: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/country/united-kingdom [Accessed 17 May 2019]. Zoopla.co.uk. (2019). Moving to Hertfordshire - Zoopla. ] Available at: https://www.zoopla.co.uk/discover/buying-area-guides/living-in-hertfordshire/#gzfllAxTSbUihtvp.97 [Accessed 20 May 2019]. Storing.com. (2019). Moving To Hertfordshire: An Easy Guide - Storing.com. ] Available at: https://storing.com/moving-hertfordshire-easy-guide/ [Accessed 20 May 2019].    

A snapshot of... Southampton

By Gabrielle Richardson
May 15, 2019

Southampton is located on the South coast of England and it is one of Britain’s greenest cities with over fifty parks to enjoy. Living in Southampton, you will also have access to the famous National Park’s New Forest and the South Downs, all on your doorstep. The city has a population of 919,843 (2019) and it is extremely well connected. On average, there are 113 trains each day between Southampton and London Waterloo, with the journey time taking just 1 hour and 20 minutes. Southampton also has its own airport providing flights to both UK destinations and Europe. There are also regular daily ferry crossings to France. Top Reasons to Relocate to Southampton Perfect location for families – Southampton is a working city, but it also provides an element of relaxation. Inland, you have the beautiful New Forest National Park and just 20 minutes away you can experience the happiest place to live in the UK, Winchester. Because of the high level of visitors to the city, the shopping is excellent and there are 100s of restaurants and entertainment to choose from. The University – Thousands of students relocate from all over the UK to live and study at the University of Southampton. This gives the local economy an annual boost and ensures that Southampton provides a range of arts, music venues and a busy entertainment calendar. The University is also one of the city’s largest employers, drawing academics from around the globe to attend. Offers a good work-life balance – Southampton provides excellent rail, road, air and sea connections, which makes it an excellent place to work if you live in the surrounding rural or countryside areas. Living in Southampton is affordable if you prefer, the average monthly mortgage figure of around £700pcm, which is far below the national average of £1900. Cost of Living Renting Accommodation One-bedroom apartment in the City Centre £702.72 One-bedroom apartment outside of the City Centre £577.50 Three bedrooms in the City Centre £1306.25 Three bedroom Outside of the Centre £1041.67 Transportation One litre of petrol £1.24 Monthly public transport ticket £46 Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 5 miles £13 Entertainment Basic dinner out for two at a neighbourhood pub £29 Two tickets to the cinema £21 Two tickets to the theatre £84 Cappuccino £3.42 One-month gym membership in the business district £26 Where to live in Southampton? If you are looking for a new and modern property, you ought to live in the up and coming Cultural Quarter which is situated close to arts venues and Southampton Solent University. You can choose from townhouses to luxury apartments with views across the River Itchen and the marina. If you want to live in a more family-oriented area, you have the option of Hedge End, which provides good schools, shops and parks. Alternatively, there is Southampton Common which is just a short walk away from Southampton Central Train Station. Travelling to other UK cities from Southampton via Train London Waterloo – 1 hour 19 minutes Birmingham – 2 hours 31 minutes Manchester – 3 hours 57 minutes Bristol – 1 hour 37 minutes Cardiff – 2 hours 36 minutes Leeds – 4 hours 21 minutes Edinburgh – 6 hours 19 minutes Education in Southampton There are 42 schools and colleges rated “Outstanding” by OFSTED within a 10-mile radius of Southampton. You can find a list of these schools here. Top things to in Southampton Visit the boats – Attend Britain’s biggest boat show, which is held in the city centre every September. There will be entertainment and hundreds of world’s leading sailboats and powerboats to take the water. Go skiing – The Alpine Snowsports Centre will allow you to improve your skills all year round. You can try snowboarding, skiing or have fun on the inflatables and spin down the slopes. Learn to Dive – The Quays is one of the only four High Performance Centres for diving in the UK and several of Team GB’s Olympic divers train here. Visit the Theatre – The Mayflower was built in the 1920’s and it is the South of England’s biggest theatre. You can see a range of performances from West End Musicals, dance performances and operas. Visit St. Michael’s Square – Home to the amazing Tudor House that was built in the late 15th Century for a wealthy merchant family. The house is now a museum that exhibits from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, encompassing more than 900 years of local history. Visit the Sea City Museum – Based in the heart of the city, the Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their lives and the historic connections with the Titanic and the Sea. Relocating to Southampton If you are an international doctor who plans to join the NHS and relocate to Southampton, email your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and we will be happy to support you throughout your relocation journey. IMG Advisor Are you a member of our Facebook Group IMG Advisor? Here, you will have access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and receive professional guidance and the chance to meet other IMGs. References Schepens | UK & European Removals Specialist | FREE Quote. (2019). Relocating to Southampton | Home & Business Moving to Southampton | Schepens. [online] Available at: https://www.schepens.co.uk/relocating-to-southampton/ [Accessed 14 May 2019]. Safestore. (2019). Why Southampton is great for job hunters. online] Available at: https://www.safestore.co.uk/blog/2018/02/why-southampton-is-great-for-job-hunters/ [Accessed 14 May 2019]. Schepens | UK & European Removals Specialist | FREE Quote. (2019). Relocating to Southampton | Home & Business Moving to Southampton | Schepens. online] Available at: https://www.schepens.co.uk/relocating-to-southampton/ [Accessed 14 May 2019]. Expatistan, cost of living comparisons. (2019). Cost of Living in Southampton, United Kingdom. May 2019 prices in Southampton.. online] Available at: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/southampton [Accessed 14 May 2019]. Lastminute.com. (2019). 21 things to do in Southampton - Blog - lastminute.com. online] Available at: https://www.lastminute.com/blog/things-to-do-in-southampton [Accessed 14 May 2019].    

UK Visit Visa for your GMC ID Check

By Gabrielle Richardson
May 13, 2019

After your application for GMC Registration with a licence to practise has been accepted, you will need to attend an ID check in the GMC offices. You can conduct your ID check in either London or Manchester. After your application has been accepted, you have three months to attend your ID check. Please note, it is an option to coincide your ID check with relocating to the UK and starting your new NHS post. The process of applying for a UK Visit Visa is broken down into two stages. The online application The submission of all required supporting documents at the visa application centre The Online Application Process The first part of the application will ask you to provide your personal details such as your name, passport information and national identity. The application will then ask you to provide your travel information and essentially an itinerary, here you will need to include information of when you will arrive in the UK and the date you will leave the UK. Please note, you will need to include a detailed travel itinerary within your cover letter. Next, you will be asked to provide the main reason for your visit to the UK. Other details that the application will ask you to provide include personal and family information, employment details, how much money you plan on spending in the UK, accommodation details, any previous visa refusals and criminal convictions. Once you have entered all the required information, you will then be taken to a declaration page. This page asks you to pick an appointment date with a visa application centre. However, do not select a date if you have not uploaded all of the required supported documents. What supporting documents will I need to provide? Your personal circumstance will determine what supporting documents you will need to upload. However, it is typically two key documents. A valid passport Evidence of your GMC ID check invitation Other documents that you may need to upload: Cover letter – Details on what to include in your cover letter are provided in the section below Passport – Must be valid Letter of Employment – This letter should be provided by the hospital that you are currently working for confirming your employment Bank Statements – If you will be financially supporting yourself for this trip then you will need to provide your bank statements, typically six months’ worth. However, if another person is supporting you then you will need to provide your own bank statements as well as the bank statements of your financial support Proof of Accommodation in London or Manchester – Depending on where you have booked your ID check for, we advise for you to book accommodation in advance as the price will be lower Primary Medical Qualification/GMC Approved Postgraduate Qualification/PLAB Results You can apply for your UK Visa here. What should I include in my Visa Cover Letter? If you are unsure of how to lay out your cover letter, then you can find an example here. In the opening paragraph you should provide your name, visa application number, date of birth, passport number and the reason for your application. You can also include details of where you received your primary qualification, your current place of employment and your GMC registration number. After that, it is a good idea to provide the details of your family members, including your parents’ names and any other names of family members who are a dependent. In the next paragraph you should give an outline of your academic history and what led you to apply for GMC Registration and essentially your visit to the UK. Here, you can include information about your goal to live in the UK and work for the NHS. After you have outlined your academic history, you should then state what accommodation you are staying in during your visit, whether it is staying in a hotel, or with a family or a friend – you will need to provide evidence. If you are staying in a hotel, then provide evidence of the hotel booking confirmation or if you are staying with a friend, ask them to write a statement confirming your stay. You will then need to provide an entire itinerary for your trip to the UK. This includes the date and time you arrive, flight details and what you plan to do in between attending your GMC ID check and the date you leave. If you have a few extra days after you have taken the exam, you will have to provide good reasoning for staying beyond the purpose of the stay. Lastly, you should provide a numbered list of the supporting documents that you have provided to accompany the letter. Once you have submitted your Visa application you will then just need to wait! The UK Visa’s and Immigration department declare that the standard service to wait for your Visa to be approved or denied is fifteen days. However, from experience this time can fluctuate.   Support Relocating to the UK and joining the NHS If you are an international doctor who needs support securing an NHS post, email your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and one of our Specialist Advisers will be happy to help you on your journey to the UK. Are you a member of IMG Advisor? Join our online Facebook community! We publish regular blog posts, you can ask questions and receive professional guidance and get the chance to meet other IMGs!  

Overview of FRCPath Medical Microbiology

By Gabrielle Richardson
May 10, 2019

Medical Microbiology The purpose of FRCPath Medical Microbiology is to test a doctor’s core knowledge in Medical Microbiology and, in particular, the scientific basis of microbiology and infection. There are two parts the qualification: 1. Medical Microbiology Part 1 - £880 (overseas fee) 2. Medical Microbiology Part 2 - £1361 Where can I sit FRCPath Medical Microbiology? Cairo (Egypt) Hong Kong Irbil (Iraq) Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) Khartoum (Sudan) Kuwait Delhi (India) Rawalpindi (Pakistan) Singapore Part 1 Examination Format This exam is presented in a multiple-choice format and you will be tested with 125 single-best-answer questions, designed to test both your knowledge and understanding. The exam duration is three hours and you will complete your exam on a computer. Your core knowledge will be tested in medical microbiology/virology and the scientific basis of virology/microbiology and infection. Curriculum The examination will test core knowledge in medical microbiology/virology and in particular the scientific basis of virology/microbiology and infection. The medical microbiology and virology curriculum is available on the Training and Education section of the College website. Please click here to access the full curriculum. Part 2 Examination Format The exam will be held over the course of two days. Typically, you will sit Papers 1 and 2 on the first day and Papers 3 and 4 on the second days, however, not all papers are taken in a chronological order. Each paper carries equal weight – to achieve an overall pass for the FRCPath Part 2 Examination in Medical Microbiology, you must achieve a pass in the combined score for Papers 1 and 2 AND the combined score for Papers 3 and 4. Please click here to access the full curriculum. Useful Revision Resources Books Mims’ Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 6e Medical Microbiology E-Book: With Student Consultant Online Access, Greenwood Immunology E-Book: With Student Consultant Online Access, Roitt Infectious Diseases, 4e, Cohen Practice Papers Medical Microbiology Sample Paper 1 Medical Microbiology Sample Paper 2 Question Bank Micro Registrar Steemit Virtual Pathology, Leeds University Relocation to the UK If you are an international Medical Microbiologist and you want to relocate to the UK and join the NHS, email your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and we will be happy to support you through your relocation journey. Join our Facebook Group Join our online community! We share regular relocation blog posts, you can ask questions and receive professional guidance and get the chance to meet other IMGs. References Rcpath.org. (2019). Medical Microbiology. ] Available at: https://www.rcpath.org/trainees/examinations/examinations-by-specialty/medical-microbiology.html [Accessed 10 May 2019].      

Overview of Final FRCR Part B Examination

By Gabrielle Richardson
May 08, 2019

To obtain full FRCR, you will need to pass the following exams: First FRCR - £301 (non-members) Final FRCR 2A – £404 (non-members) FRCR 2B - £564 (non-members) When and where can I sit FRCR 2B exam?​ Final FRCR Part B is typically held in the months of April and October of each year. You can sit the exam in London, Belfast, Birmingham, Stockport and Glasgow. Please note, joint examinations with partner organisations are also held in Singapore and Hong Kong. The cost of the exam for a member is £479 and for non-members £564. FRCR Part B This exam comprises of the following modules: 1. A reporting session 2. A rapid reporting session 3. Two oral examinations Please note, after you have passed the Final FRCR Part A Examination are permitted to enter the Final FRCR Part B Examination upon completing 34 months in a formal clinical radiology training post. Please click here for a link to the FRCR Curriculum. 1. Reporting Session “Long Cases” This element of the exam tests your ability to make a number of clinical observations, distinguish the relevance of the findings, deduce a list of differential diagnoses, suggest the most likely diagnosis and discuss management including further imaging where appropriate. You will be presented with 6 cases in 60 minutes. Each case may comprise of one or more imaging modalities, such as ultrasound images, CT scans and a plain radiograph. For each case, you will be provided with a brief history and relevant clinical data to help and guide you (as you would have access to in day to day practice). You will need to type your answer into each report section on the screen: 1. Observations 2. Interpretation 3. Principle Diagnosis 4. Differential Diagnosis 5. Further Management Radiocafe's tips for successfully pass this module: Write something in every section for every case presented If you are unsure of the answer, by writing a logical answer to it you can get at least 4 marks for that question Practice your time management skills It is difficult to spend an average of 10 minutes in each case, you will be unable to check your answers for every single question, so it is important for you to have good time management 2. Rapid Reporting You will have 35 minutes to answer 30 plain radiographs. There is one mark per image, so a maximum of 30 minutes. This part of the exam is based on the fact that the Accident and Emergency Department is a large part of the radiological workload. It will test your ability to rapidly decide if an image is normal or abnormal and the provision of a diagnosis for the abnormality. Typically, 45-50% of cases will be trauma, but some chest, abdominal, pelvic, spinal and limb radiographs will be tested. You will find that roughly half of cases are normal, and half will be abnormal. Radiocafe's tips to successfully pass this module: Report the films as you would in day-to-day clinical practice You will be in a strange clinical circumstance where you will be reporting radiographs without clinical details. So, it is important that if you are unsure of the diagnosis – do not call it. Develop ‘review areas’ for each body part presented to you It is important to have a systematic approach when it comes to reviewing the radiographs. So, when it comes to attempting the ‘Rapids’ you should have developed a mental list of review areas for each body part. 3. Oral Examination This element of the exam will assess your ability to observe and interpret, but also discuss a wide range of aspects of patient care from radiological findings. The exam will mirror the day-to-day clinical discussions and MDT meetings, which will form a large element of your workload. You will be expected to be able to integrate your clinical information to help refine your differential diagnosis, you will be tested on your ability to communicate effectively, your analytical and decision-making skills. You will have two 30-minute viva examinations, with a total of one hour. You will be scored on the images shown by two pairs of examiners. One examiner will ask questions while the other examiner marks your answer, and then the two examiners will swap places. So, you will be assessed by four radiologists in four 15-minute blocks. What Radiographs will I be tested on? 1. Classic – Easy to diagnose e.g. Easy to diagnose e.g. peri-lunate dislocation 2. Tie it together - Multiple findings on one more modality. Need to put all the findings together to come up with the diagnosis. 3. Observation – The abnormality is subtle and may be difficult to spot. E.g. “Edge of the radiograph, finding e.g. Hydatid cyst in the liver on a chest radiograph”. 4. Gross Abnormality – The abnormality is obvious. The location may be atypical. Radiocafe's tips for successfully pass this module: Speak Clearly               It is vital for you to speak clearly during your as it is both your knowledge and                                  communication skills that are being tested.        2. If you don’t see the anomaly within 5-10 seconds, systematically look through your ‘review         areas’               It is important to have a list of in your head for each modality/body part you may get                        presented in the exam Useful Revision Resources Books Rapid Review of Radiology (Medical Rapid Review Series) Top 3 Differentials in Radiology: A Case Review Long Cases for the Final FRCR 2B (Oxford Specialty Training: Revision Texts) Aunt Minnie’s Atlas and Imaging-Specific Diagnosis Online Practice Questions Radiopaedia, Rapids Radiopaedia, Vivas FRCR Tutorials RAD Exams Revise Radiology FRCR 2B Courses There are plenty of revision courses in the UK that international Radiologists attend. These courses include but are not limited to: Edinburgh, Aintree, Northwick Park Rapids. It is advised not to attend a course in the hope that you will be taught material for the 2B exam, you should rather treat the opportunity as a “mock exam”. Support Relocating to the UK and joining the NHS If you are an international Radiologist, who holds FRCR and needs support securing your first NHS post and relocating to the UK – email your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and our Radiology Specialist Luke will be in touch. Are you a member of our Facebook Group IMG Advisor? Here, you will have access to frequent relocation vlog posts, the opportunity to ask a question and receive professional guidance and the chance to meet other IMGs. References Clarke, C. (2019). FRCR 2B courses, books and online resources. [online] Radiology Cafe. Available at: https://www.radiologycafe.com/radiology-trainees/2b-courses [Accessed 7 May 2019]. Clarke, C. (2019). FRCR 2B Rapid reporting. [online] Radiology Cafe. Available at: https://www.radiologycafe.com/radiology-trainees/2b-rapids [Accessed 7 May 2019]. Clarke, C. (2019). FRCR 2B Long cases. [online] Radiology Cafe. Available at: https://www.radiologycafe.com/radiology-trainees/2b-long-cases [Accessed 7 May 2019]. Clarke, C. (2019). FRCR 2B Viva. [online] Radiology Cafe. Available at: https://www.radiologycafe.com/radiology-trainees/2b-viva [Accessed 7 May 2019]. Rcr.ac.uk. (2019). Final FRCR Part B Examination | The Royal College of Radiologists. [online] Available at: https://www.rcr.ac.uk/clinical-radiology/examinations/final-frcr-part-b-examination [Accessed 7 May 2019].  

How to get a Tier 2 Visa Extension

By Gabrielle Richardson
May 07, 2019

How to get a Tier 2 Extension To extend your stay in the UK under a Tier 2 visa, you will need your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) which should have been issued to you by the HR Department. Once your new Tier 2 CoS has been issued, you must apply for an extension of your leave to remain (which is essentially your visa application). Please note, you will have three months after the date the CoS was issued to use it, or before your existing visa expires – whichever is sooner. As you already possess all the required documentation for your first Tier 2 visa, the process will feel fairly straight-forward and simple. Click here to apply for a Tier 2 visa extension. What documents do I need to apply for a Tier 2 visa extension? Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) Current visa or leave to remain/your Biometric Residence National Insurance Number Passport information Do I need to provide any other evidence? A licensed sponsor who will employ you in the UK To provide that you have enough money to pay for your stay in the UK (Over £945 in the bank for over three months, more information on this can be found here) Will I need to evidence my English language skills again? No, after you have passed IELTS UKVI or obtained UKNARIC – you will NOT need to resit the exam or apply for UKNARIC again. Will I incur any additional fees? Biometric Information As part of your Tier 2 visa application, you must provide your information – either your fingerprints or a photograph.  If you chose a standard or priority service, you will be required to pay an additional fee of £19.20 per applicant when you have your biometrics taken. However, if you choose the premium service you will have your biometrics taken at your appointment at no extra cost. Healthcare Surcharge Please click here to calculate how much your Surcharge will cost. What about my dependents? You must include any dependents who are on your current Tier 2 visa on your application to extend. This includes any children who have turned 18 during your time in the UK. However, they will also need to submit a separate application. How long can I stay in the UK for? You can apply to extend your visa for up to another 5 years, if your total stay is not more than 6 years. Securing an NHS Post If you are an international doctor who needs help securing an NHS post, email your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and one of our Specialist Advisors will be in touch. Join our Facebook Community Are you a member of IMG Advisor? We post regular relocation blog posts, you can ask questions and receive professional guidance and the chance to meet other IMGs! References GOV.UK. (2019). General work visa (Tier 2). ] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general/extend-your-visa [Accessed 7 May 2019].    

A snapshot of... Nottingham

By Gabrielle Richardson
May 03, 2019

Nottingham is home of the legend Robin Hood, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor and the city is an ancient centre of lace making. As the most populated city in the county, Nottingham is of vital importance to its wider borough and the rest of Nottinghamshire. There an average of 303,000 residents living in the city itself but that number rises to around 729,000 when you can consider the entire county. Nottingham has become a popular location for expatriates, with an estimated 93 nationalities calling Nottingham home. Reasons to live in Nottingham 1. It is the home of English sports. The city has two football clubs, the world-famous Test match cricket ground Trent Bridge, the National Ice Centre and The National Water Sports Centre. 2. Full of history. Nottingham is home to a number of exhibition spaces, such as Nottingham Contemporary which is one of the UK’s most exciting art galleries. You can also visit Nottingham’s famous castle or take a trip to Wollatan Hall, a grand estate. 3. Access to the beautiful English countryside. Visit the county’s tranquil Sherwood Forest or explore the Peak District National Park, just an hour’s car journey away. 4. It has a tram. This award-winning transport network allows you to get from A to B in a matter of minutes 5. It is home to one of the oldest pubs in England. The Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem was founded in 1189, slaking the thirst of departing crusaders. Average living costs in Nottingham One-bedroom in City Centre £583.33 One-bedroom apartment outside of the City Centre £472.35 Three-bedroom apartment in the City Centre £1,063.64 Three-bedroom apartment outside of the City Centre £753.92 Transportation 1L of petrol £1.25 Monthly ticket public transport ticket £65 Taxi trip on a business day (5 miles) £15 Entertainment Basic dinner out for two at the neighbourhood pub £21 Two tickets to the cinema £20 Cappuccino £3.10 One month of gym membership in a business district £33 Where to live in Nottingham? If you would like to reside in urban living, then you could choose to reside in a stylish apartment in the former lace warehouses and in the updated Lace Market area. Alternatively, you could live in a Victorian property which has also been converted into apartments found in the park. If you prefer a quieter, more countryside living you could look at areas in Edwalton And West Bridgford suburbs. Travelling to other UK cities from Nottingham via Train London St. Pancras – 1 hour 54 minutes Birmingham – 1 hour 8 minutes Manchester – 1 hour 50 minutes Bristol – 2 hours 46 minutes Cardiff – 3 hours 21 minutes Leeds – 1 hour 44 minutes Edinburgh – 4 hours 51 minutes Where is Nottingham’s nearest airport? The nearest airport to Nottingham is the East Midlands Airport, located just half an hour away from the city centre. You can fly to a wide array of European countries including Germany, Spain, France, Turkey, Greece and Croatia. The next largest airport is Birmingham. You can fly to more than double the number of locations from this airport compared to East Midlands Airport. Education in Nottingham The city is home to two large universities and the University of Nottingham. The student popular is on average 60,000. To consider primary and secondary education, there are a wide range of excellent quality schools available in all areas. A noteworthy option is the independent day school Nottingham High School, which was included in the Telegraph’s list of top best value private schools. Top things to do in Nottingham 1. Visit Old Market Square – Nottingham has the largest remaining market square in the UK, almost 5.5 acres in size and it one of the main landmarks. 2. Explore the City’s Caves – Before the city was founded, the Celtic name for Nottingham translated to “Place of Caves”. At the top level of the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre you can embark on an underground journey through more than a thousand years of history. The caves were used for homes for the poor and in later years they were used as an air raid shelter during the Nottingham Blitz. 3. Visit Highfields Park – The park can be found South of the University of Nottingham and it is a 121-acre green space. The park is home to a boating lake and views across the University’s Trent Building and the lake itself has an island that you can reach along stepping stones. You will also see two stone lions that were presented to the University by the city of Ninbo, China. Relocating to Nottingham If you are an IMG who needs support in relocating to Nottingham or another area of the UK and securing your first NHS post, send your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and we look forward to helping you. Are you a member of IMG Advisor? By joining, you will gain access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and receive professional support and the chance to meet some other IMGs! References Expatistan, cost of living comparisons. (2019). Cost of Living in Nottingham, United Kingdom. May 2019 prices in Nottingham.. [online] Available at: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/nottingham [Accessed 2 May 2019]. Numbeo.com. (2019). Cost of Living in Nottingham. [online] Available at: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Nottingham [Accessed 2 May 2019]. Ntu.ac.uk. (2019). Top ten reasons to love Nottingham | Nottingham Trent University. [online] Available at: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/life-at-ntu/nottingham/top-ten-reasons-to-love-nottingham [Accessed 2 May 2019]. Zoopla.co.uk. (2019). Moving to Nottinghamshire - Zoopla. [online] Available at: https://www.zoopla.co.uk/discover/buying-area-guides/living-in-nottinghamshire/#DDdJg7PdYqauBvwl.97 [Accessed 2 May 2019]. MoveHub. (2019). Move to Nottingham | MoveHub. [online] Available at: https://www.movehub.com/uk/moving/nottingham/ [Accessed 2 May 2019]. The Crazy Tourist. (2019). 15 Best Things to Do in Nottingham (Nottinghamshire, England) - The Crazy Tourist. [online] Available at: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-to-do-in-nottingham-nottinghamshire-england/ [Accessed 3 May 2019].  

Overview of FRCOphth

By Gabrielle Richardson
May 01, 2019

If you are an international Ophthalmologist who wants to work in the UK above ST3+ level, you have three postgraduate qualifications available to you: 1. FRCOphth 2. MRCS 3. FRCS Please note, the award of FRCOphth does not allow for direct entry onto the GMC Register. As an international doctor, if you want to be on the register you must either hold an acceptable postgradudate qualification or sit the PLAB exams along with FRCOphth. You will also need to evidence your English language skills via IELTS or OET. In this post, we provide an overview of FRCOphth. We cover exam costs, formats, modules tested and list some excellent revision resources. Where can I sit FRCOphth? London Glasgow Sheffield Cairo Chennai Dubai Kuala Lumpur There are three exam elements to the FRCOphth qualification. Part 1 Fellowship Examination - £575 The Royal College states that you do not need any previous experience in Ophthalmology to apply for the exam. There are three sittings per year which are typically in January/May and October. Please note, you will be permitted a maximum of six attempts in which to pass the Part 1 FRCOpth examination.             Exam Format This examination comprises of two theoretical papers A three-hour Multiple-Choice-Question paper of 120 questions, consisting of one best answer out of four options A two-hour Constructed Response Question (CRQ) paper, consisting of 12 questions Part 2 Fellowship Written Examination - £420 To sit FRCPOphth Part 2 Written examination, you will need to have passed Part 1 FRCOphth and there are two sittings held a year. Typically in the months of June and November. You will be permitted a maximum of four attempts with this exam.             Exam Format The examination comprises of two question papers, each with 90 questions – a total of 180 multiple choice questions. You will have two hours to answer each paper. Part 2 Fellowship Oral Examination - £660 (UK) £2050 (Singapore) To obtain the final element of FRCOphth, you would need to pass the Part 2 element. There are three sittings held a year. The UK sittings are usually held in April and November and then there is one sitting in Singapore each year. You will be permitted a maximum of four attempts for this exam.             Exam Format Structured Viva – usually held over the course of two days This part of the exam consists of a series of five stations, with ten minutes per station. You will be permitted with a maximum of four attempts. The stations are: Station 1: Patient investigations and data interpretation Station 2: Patient management 1 Station 3: Patient management 2 Station 4: Attitudes, ethics and responsibilities Station 5: Audit, research and evidenced-based practice and health promotion and disease prevention Station 6: Communication – Part of the OSCE but will be held with the Vivas, 10 minutes in duration There will be two examiners present at each station. The communication station is in an OSCE format and there will be a patient actor, you will be given five minutes to read the scenario before answering questions. OSCE – usually held over the course of three days There will be five stations and three patients at each station, with 20 minutes per station. Station 1: Anterior Segment Station 2: Glaucoma and lid Station 3: Posterior Segment Station 4: Strabismus and Orbit Station 5: Neuro-Ophthalmology The Royal College stipulates that equipment will be provided in all stations but they recommend for you to bring your own equipment if you would feel more confident e.g. direct ophthalmoscope, lens, red hat pin etc. You will be asked to discuss your findings and management plan with each patient. What is included in the FRCOphth curriculum? Anatomy, Physiology, Ocular Physiology, Physiology of vision, Biochemistry and cell biology, Pathology, Immunology, Growth and Senescence, Optics, Therapeutics, Lasers, Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine, Instrument technology, Biostatics, Clinical Genetics, Patient Investigation, Orthoptic Assessment, Assessment of Corneal Shape, Structure and Thickness, Assessment of Corneal Shape, Structure and Thickness, Retinal and Optic Nerve Imagine, Ocular Angiography, Ultrasonography, Radiology and other neuro-imaging, Ocular and Neuro-Physiology, Biochemistry, Haematology, Pathology, Microbiology, Biometry, Allergy Testing, Urinalysis and Bone Scans. Please note, the above list is not exhaustive. Please click here for more information. Revision Resources Online EyeQ Ophthalmology Revision Success in FRCOphth Eye Docs Sample Exam Questions Part 1 Multiple-Choice-Questions OrthoQuestions Books Basic Sciences in Ophthalmology. Ferris J. John Wiley & Sons Clinical Anatomy of the Eye. Snell RS, Lemp MA The Eye: Basic Sciences and Practice. Forrester JV, Dick AD Clinical optics. Elkington Ar. Frank HJ and Greanet MJ Are you a member of our Facebook Group? By joining IMG Advisor, you will have access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and receive professional guidance and the chance to meet other IMGs. Do you need help securing an NHS post? Send your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and we will be happy to support you through the relocation process and help you secure an NHS post. References The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. (2019). Examinations - The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. [online] Available at: https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/examinations/ [Accessed 24 Apr. 2019]. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. (2019). Part 1 FRCOphth Candidate tips - The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. [online] Available at: https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/examinations/candidate-tips/part-1-frcophth-tips/ [Accessed 24 Apr. 2019]. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. (2019). Part 2 FRCOphth Written candidate tips - The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. [online] Available at: https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/examinations/candidate-tips/part-2-frcophth-written-tips/ [Accessed 24 Apr. 2019]. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. (2019). Part 2 FRCOphth Oral candidate tips - The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. [online] Available at: https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/examinations/candidate-tips/part-2-frcophth-oral-tips/ [Accessed 24 Apr. 2019].  

NHS Service Post v NHS Training Post

By Gabrielle Richardson
April 24, 2019

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is one of the largest employers in the world and it is the biggest employer in Europe, with over 1.3 million staff. A typical day for the NHS includes: Over 835,000 people visiting their GP practice or practice nurse Almost 50,000 people visiting accident and emergency departments 49,000 outpatient consultations 94,000 people admitted to hospital as an emergency admission 36,000 people in hospital for planned treatment No matter what area of the NHS you join, you will become part of a talented, passionate team of individuals who are committed to providing extraordinary care and treatment to UK patients. With the NHS being such a busy institution and with over 10,000 vacancies at this present time – it is important for the NHS to possesses both Service Doctors and Training Doctors but we often get asked what the difference is… An NHS Service Post An NHS service post (also known as a non-training post) is designed to fill gaps in the department’s rota of training doctors. So, in order to ensure that NHS patients receive continuity of care and excellent quality of care, service posts exist. The job role of a service doctor is essentially the same as a doctor in training, except the post is not recognised by an NHS Deanery and it is not designed to provide official educational support. That being said, some hospitals do provide international doctors with CESR support to help them get onto the Specialist Register (get in contact with us today to find out which hospitals – apply@bdiresourcing.com). What is an NHS Deanery? An NHS Deanery is a regional organisation who is responsible for postgraduate medical training, within the NHS. Each NHS Deanery is advised by a Specialty Training Committee (STC), which includes a number of Consultants who provide their expert opinion. The recruitment of doctors into Specialty Training Programmes are managed by Deaneries. Once you have accepted a training post the Deanery will then allocate specific jobs, arrange educational supervision and provide the assessment of whether you have demonstrated sufficient progress within your training. What is an NHS Training Post? If you have secured an NHS training post, your relevant Deanery will provide you with a set curriculum that you will need to follow with regards to updating your e-portfolio, signing off competencies and attending teaching sessions. You will be allocated an Educational and Clinical Supervisor to provide you with support. Within a training post, you will be allocated study leave to allow you to study for your postgraduate qualification exams. As an international doctor – can I apply for a Specialty Training Post? It is important to note that NHS training posts are given first refusal to UK/EU citizens and to those already working within the NHS. So, to successfully obtain an NHS training post, we always advise the following: Obtain a service post for a year or two years, acclimatise yourself with the system and then you will be both physically and mentally prepared and eligible to apply for a training post. Good luck! Securing an NHS Service Post If you are an international doctor who has plans to relocate to the UK and join the NHS – email your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and we will be happy to support you through the entire process. From your GMC Registration, assistance securing a post, relocation logistics to finding schools for your children. Are you a member of IMG Advisor? Here, you will find access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to receive professional guidance on relocating to the UK and the chance to meet other IMGs! References Jobs.nhs.uk. (2019). NHS Jobs - Working in the NHS. [online] Available at: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/about_nhs.html [Accessed 24 Apr. 2019]. BMJ.com (2004). The BMJ – What is the difference between a LAT post and a LAS post? [online] Available at: https://www.bmj.com/content/329/7479/s236.1  

A snapshot of... Inverness

By Gabrielle Richardson
April 23, 2019

Inverness is located in Scotland and it is the most northern city in the UK, known as the capital of the Highlands. Relocating to this fantastic city will offer you access to outstanding natural beauty and city life. In 2014, Inverness was evidenced to be the happiest place to live in Scotland and the second happiest to live in the entire UK. With easy access to glens, lochs, mountains and beaches – you can combine living in a major city with great outdoors. Top reasons to live in Inverness Affordable house prices Compact city centre oozing with history Excellent travel connections Access to picturesque landscapes Voted the happiest place to live in Scotland and the second happiest in the whole of the UK Home to the Loch Ness Monster or “Nessie” – a creature with a long neck and humps said to inhabit Loch Ness. Average Living Costs Housing One-bedroom apartment in the City Centre £530 One-bedroom apartment outside of the City Centre £483.33 Three-bedroom apartment in the City Centre £825 Three-bedroom apartment outside of the City Centre £716.67 Transportation One-way public transport ticket £2 Monthly public transport ticket £45 1L of Petrol £1.25 Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 5 miles £10 Entertainment Basic dinner out for two in the neighbourhood pub £39 Two tickets to the movies £20 Two tickets to the theatre (best available seats) £106 Cappuccino £2.99 Pint of beer £3.73 One month gym membership in a business district £34 Transport links from Inverness Living in Inverness and the surrounding areas gives you access to rail, road and air links – making it extremely easy to get around. By Air: Inverness Airport provides you with regular scheduled flights to London (Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton), Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast City, Dublin, Amsterdam, Geneva and other areas of Scotland. By Rail: Scotrail provides you with easy transport from Inverness Railway Station to Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, including other surrounding towns such as Aviemore, Perth, Nairn and Elgin. Things to do in Inverness and Surrounding Areas Shopping: Eastgate shopping centre is the place to go for all your shopping needs. It hosts a number of popular high street shops. The Old Town allows you to shop at beautiful boutique stores and the Old Victorian Market gives you access to traditional sellers. Head to Castle Street or Bank Street for shops selling art, ceramics and designer jewellery. Food and drink: To try quality Scottish produce, head to Rocpool Reserve Hotel & Chez Roux Restaurant. It’s located on the bank of the river and serves Highland beef, Black Isle pork and mussels from the Shetland Isles. For rustic comfort, but contemporary dining, try The Mustard Seed. The restaurant is set in a former church and boasts an open fire and a double-height ceiling. Its terrace on the top floor has fine views over the river and city. Living in Scotland means you need to sample some of the whiskies on offer. Take a tour of the Tomatin Distillery, which is just 16 miles south of Inverness. Find out how they produce their whiskies and sample a few in a tutored tasting. Relocating to Inverness If you are an IMG who needs support in relocating to Inverness or another area of the UK and securing your first NHS post, send your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and we look forward to supporting you. Are you a member of IMG Advisor? By joining, you will gain access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and receive professional support and the chance to meet some other IMGs! References Property, C. (2019). Moving to Inverness. All about the area, schools & transport.. [online] CCL Group Ltd. Available at: https://www.cclproperty.com/location-guides/scotland/highland/inverness/ [Accessed 18 Apr. 2019]. Expatistan, cost of living comparisons. (2019). Cost of Living in Inverness, United Kingdom. Apr 2019 prices in Inverness.. [online] Available at: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/inverness [Accessed 23 Apr. 2019]. Zoopla.co.uk. (2019). Moving to Inverness - Zoopla. [online] Available at: https://www.zoopla.co.uk/discover/buying-area-guides/living-in-inverness/#3qV7WF1Mhyo2aZ6c.99 [Accessed 23 Apr. 2019].  

Q&A with Dr Wael Gadalla, Senior Clinical Fellow General Medicine

By Gabrielle Richardson
April 18, 2019

Introduction 1. What is your name, speciality, grade and what hospital do you work at? Dr Wael N S Gadalla, General Medicine, SCF, Wexham Park Hospital 2. What country did you relocate from? I am Egyptian, however, I lived and worked in Oman since 8/2011. 3. Would you share with us your personal mission as a doctor? Yes, I feel doing something to humanity in practicing medicine is important. I like being a member of a health team and Interventional subspecialties of Internal Medicine makes the doctor feel his/her importance in life. 4. At what point in your career did you decide you wanted to relocate to the UK? What were your motivations for wanting to do so? I was in the same job in Oman since March 2014 without any career progression and so I decided to relocate to the UK. I obtained MRCP and OET and then I was accepted by the General Medical Council for registration, which is specific and easy to get the target from the first trial. The Relocation Process 5. How long did it take you to relocate, how difficult did you find the process and do you recommend it to other IMGs? After I arrived in the UK I decided to book a hotel for 11 days until I could find an apartment for me and my family. When I first arrived I found it difficult to understand the way the UK property market worked and how to rent a flat. I spent £9000 in total until I got my first NHS salary. 6. Is there anything you would have liked to have known before deciding to relocate? And now once you live in the UK? I would have asked the hospital for one month accommodation and I would have asked about how tenancy works in the UK. Thoughts on the UK 7. For you, what are the key benefits of living in the UK? Currently, I am doing an NHS service job and I feel like I have a good opportunity to learn and progress in my career and my kids are getting a better education. 8. How do you feel you in your chosen location within the UK?  I am currently living in central Slough area, easy access near to London.  9. How did your family settle into the UK? I moved with my wife and my 3 and 5 year old daughters. They liked it, but they cannot adjust to the cold weather yet. The NHS 10. How did you feel on your first day of working within the NHS? Your first week, month and then how do you feel now compared to when you first started? When I first started working within the NHS I was confused because no one told me about work regulations. I received a two day induction, but this did not include anything about work regulations or how to use the computer system. 11. How would you describe the support you received from your hospital after starting your new position? Some colleagues showed me how the system worked. 12. What is your opinion on the NHS? It is well organised and equipped health system, it ensures patient safety and welfare. 13. Are you going to use CESR as a pathway to become a UK Consultant? Could you please share your experiences? I am planning to work at my current job for one year, then will I will decide about the CESR pathway or ST-CESR.  14. How do you find working in the UK compared to your home country? The NHS is an organised work that follows the guidelines, Consultants take responsibilities and review every single patient that comes to the hospital. Every day I learn something new when working in the NHS. The Future 15. What are your hopes and plans for the future? Join a training program in the UK.      

Overview of Specialty Certificate Examinations | MRCP

By Gabrielle Richardson
April 16, 2019

The Royal College of Physicians launched the Specialty Certificate Examinations in 2008. An MRCP Sce is a ‘gold standard’ postgraduate qualification for Medicine doctors looking to progress in their sub-specialty. Sces are available in the following sub-specialties: Acute Medicine Dermatology Endocrinology and Diabetes Gastroenterology Geriatric Medicine Infectious Diseases Medical Oncology Nephrology Neurology Palliative Medicine Respiratory Medicine Rheumatology The purpose of the MRCP Sce is for doctors to demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge needed to fulfill a Consultant’s role and responsibility in their chosen specialty. Examination Format The Sce is a computer-based, multiple-choice test which is divided into two papers, each paper has 100 items. You will have three hours to answer each paper. Each paper will present you with clinical scenarios with additional information such as test results, investigations, images, scans and the exam will test your medical knowledge and your competency in diagnosis, investigation, management and prognosis. You will be asked to answer from five listed options. When is the best time to sit Sce? The Royal College of Physicians advises that you should sit your Sce exam towards the end of your specialist medical training. However, there are no restrictions on when you may take your first attempt and it is also not necessary for doctors to have first obtained MRCP, but this is typically the order. To apply for your Sce, click here. What countries can I sit Sce in? Australia, Barbados, Brunei, Canada, Egypt, France, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kurdistan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Malta, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Trinidad, UAE, Uganda, USA, Zimbabwe. If you would like the Royal College of Physicians to send you further information on your Sce and tips on revision and preparation, register your details on their website here. Does having an Sce grant me GMC Registration? No. A Specialty Certificate Examination does not grant you GMC Registration. To work at ST3+ level within a Medicine sub-specialty, you will need full MRCP and a pass in IELTS or OET. What is the advantage of having an Sce? Having MRCP and Sce in most cases, will allow you to secure an NHS post within your exact specialty. In most cases, specialist medicine doctors who hold MRCP have to go into General Medicine NHS posts first and then apply to their subspecialty after they have NHS experience. Support Relocating to the UK and joining the NHS If you are an international doctor with MRCP, who needs support relocating to the UK and joining the NHS – send your CV to apply@bdiresourcing.com and we will be in touch. Join our Facebook Group If you would like access to relocation blog posts, YouTube videos and the chance to meet other IMGs – join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor. References Mrcpuk.org. (2019). Specialty Certificate Examinations: Qualifications to broaden your horizons. [online] Available at: https://www.mrcpuk.org/sites/default/files/documents/specialty-certificate-examinations-qualifications-to-broader-your-horizons.pdf [Accessed 16 Apr. 2019].  

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