Hello everyone and welcome to BDI Resourcing’s 100th blog post – we can’t quite believe that we have written 100 blog articles in just nine months. On average, each blog post contains around 1000 words and so, since we started the BDI blog we have shared over 100,000 words for all international doctors and nurses to read.
To celebrate this milestone, we wanted to share with you the BDI Blog’s journey, our most popular posts and a Q&A with our Social Media Executive, Gabrielle.
BDI’s Blogging Journey:
The BDI Resourcing blog started on Tuesday 20 February 2018, just nine months ago. Our reason? We recognised that there were large amounts of information on relocation for doctors and nurses, however, a lot of this information was often conflicting. This was having a detrimental impact on doctors, which can result in the wrong decisions being made or sometimes deterring doctors away from making the decision to relocate.
And so, we set out to create a central point of intelligence that was accessible to every single doctor and nurse, no matter where they lived in the world and completely free to all! Reading the BDI blog will allow you to clarify all your relocation questions and receive regular updates to the ever-changing process.
Our blog is not just about sharing registration information but is also a space to share our story, so we will often post about our employee’s achievements and business milestones. We enjoy sharing our doctors and nurses journey and so, in turn, we share the same.
On Thursday 6 September 2018, we launched our new website to offer our doctors and nurses a better experience. The format is clearer, our blog posts are divided up into categories, and you can now search for blog topics, jobs and register your CV with us.
And now, on the 30 November 2018, we are sharing our 100th blog post. It is a really exciting time at BDI Resourcing and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for both us and our international doctors and nurses.
Top 5 most popular posts (based on page views)
#1 United Kingdom Medical Licensing Assessment
#3 How much will it cost me to live in the UK per month?
#4 Tier 2 visa cap to be lifted next week
#5 BDI’s “Hot Tips” for a successful relocation
Gabrielle’s top 5 Favourite posts
#1 The NHS’ 70th Birthday
#2 Things you should know before moving to London
#3 Why travelling is important for your career
#4 Interview with Naseer Khan
#5 Interview questions with answers
A big thank you to our readers
The sole purpose of this blog is for health care professionals to obtain valuable and clear information on the relocation process, gain insight into UK life and find their first NHS job.
So, BDI Resourcing wants to say a big thank you to the thousands of doctors and nurses that return day after day. We love connecting with you all and being part of your journey to the UK and joining the NHS.
Q&A with our writer, Gabrielle Richardson
Hi! My name is Gabrielle Richardson and I am BDI Resourcing’s Social Media Executive.
What is your role at BDI Resourcing?
The fundamentals of my role are: support, advise and guide ALL international doctors and nurses. I speak to hundreds of different health care professionals each day, all at different stages of their GMC/NMC Registration.
This support takes form in the creation of blog articles, videos, online messages and online forums.
Why do you enjoy blogging?
I have always enjoyed researching and learning new information and writing the BDI blog allows me to do this. When we post a blog article, it allows us to connect with incredibly talented medical professionals from all over the world which we may have not connected with otherwise. A BDI blog is a useful source of information, sparks conversations and creates connections.
What is your favourite social media channel to use?
Facebook! I love all social media platforms as each one has its own merits. However, I think that Facebook allows you to connect on a personal level. Between comments on posts and private messaging, you see an insight into the doctors and nurses’ lives that you speak to each and every day. Whether they are sharing a special family photo, or they are on holiday – it is absolute pleasure for me to see and it makes helping them even more important as they are not just a ‘Facebook User’.
What is your communication style?
Something that is important to me and BDI Resourcing is the relationships we create with our doctors and nurses. It is important for us to be transparent and build trusting relationships in order to create successful partnerships with all who we work with.
I would say I offer a personal, yet professional relationship, with all doctors and nurses I speak to – reinforcing the fact that we are both working towards a common goal, which is finding their first NHS post.
Where do you get your inspiration?
As a marketer, you see everything! When I see a query from a doctor or nurse online, I find myself constantly finding ways to solve their problems in a creative yet useful manner. For example, I repeatedly saw the question ‘how much money will I need in the UK?’ and the answer to this question is fundamental to their relocation plan. And so, as someone who lives in the UK, I thought it was my duty to provide IMGs with the answer. I went through my personal monthly expenditure and then considered the expenditure of a doctor, then created an outflow table and shared it with everyone. The feedback was excellent, and it is really satisfying to know that your work is both greatly needed and appreciated.
My inspiration is my doctors and nurses, whatever they need – I will produce it.
What advice would you give to an IMG at the start of the relocation process? Knowing all of the information you know?
My first piece of advice is to research! The decision to relocate is a big one, especially if that decision involves your spouse and children. So, find out the cost of the English language exams, Royal College exams, visa costs, UK living costs, UK areas, schools – everything. This way you will not incur any unexpected fees and it allows you to plan ahead. We cover all of this on our blog, so click here if you would like advice on everything listed.
Second, join online groups. They provide so much advice and support and this is crucial when things go wrong. You won’t be the first one that it has happened to and by listening to others stories it will motivate you to keep going. If you are a doctor join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor, to receive this support. Or if you are a nurse, join our Facebook Group International Nurses for the UK.
My final piece of advice is to keep going! The process can be long and overwhelming, but you will definitely reap the benefits. The UK is a fantastic country to live in: the quality of life, the training opportunities, the education, the lifestyle. And remember, the NHS needs you! By joining the NHS, you will be valued and appreciated by all – and this is shown by both patient satisfaction and NHS salary and benefits.
What’s next for the BDI blog?
The process of relocating to the UK for an international doctor or nurse is constantly changing. From the GMC’s licencing requirements, language exams and the NHS recruitment process. BDI Resourcing prides itself on providing you with all updates and being a sole point of intelligence.
Remember – if you have any queries, message our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you with all queries.
We have some big plans for 2019 – so stick around and see what’s coming up!
Thank you for reading and good luck with your journey!