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Q&A with Jil Shah, A&E CT1 Doctor

By Gabrielle Richardson
February 21, 2019

Introduction 1. What speciality, grade and what hospital do you work at? I work at the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust Hospital in the Emergency Department and I work at CT1 level. 2. What country did you relocate from? India (Mumbai) 3. Would you share with us your personal mission as a doctor? Going to medical school was always my childhood dream, but I did face a few difficulties whilst I was studying and training to be a doctor. One reason was because I was the first doctor in my family and so I felt there was nobody there to guide me. However, I must say it is worth all of the effort. 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 working in one of the renowned corporate hospitals in Mumbai, when I decided that I needed to get trained in a better way and so I started to look for other options. I read many articles about practising Emergency Medicine in the UK and that the UK's training programmes are of higher standards. And so, I started to do my own research to look for ways to obtain GMC Registration.  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? It took me about 9 months to relocate to the UK.  I sat my IELTS exam in January 2018 and then I sat my PLAB 1 exam in March 2018. I studied on my own for these two exams. For PLAB 2, I decided to join Swamy's Academy and I came to Manchester to attend the course two months prior to sitting my exam. I also decided to study with my friends (you definitely need a study partner for PLAB 2). Whilst I was waiting for my PLAB 2 results, I came across a job advertisement by Elliott Burrows from BDI Resourcing. I contacted Elliott and told him the entire situation and I also requested for him to secure me a job in Leeds or around Leeds. Elliott then went on to set up my interview. I had two rounds of interviews and I was offered a job.  From the point of contacting Elliott to receiving my offer letter from the hospital, it took me about 3-4 weeks. As, I was in the UK on a Visit Visa, I had to go back to India to apply for my Tier 2 visa. I applied for UKNARIC since my IELTS certificate was not UKVI. By the end of September, I applied for the visa and I got my visa approved within 10 days.  I returned to the UK with the hope to start my new job as soon as possible, but BRP was delayed because the Home Office was having a backlog due to the students entering the country around the same time. The process I went through was not as difficult as I thought it would be. Elliott helped me throughout the entire process of relocating. 6. Would you have liked to have known before deciding to relocate? And now once you live in the UK? Elliott had told me about almost everything, how to travel to my work place, how to open a bank account and how to rent accommodation. So, I don't think there was anything that I did not know before coming to the UK. Thoughts on the UK 7. For you, what are the key benefits of living in the UK? The UK has a better lifestyle, better clinical practice and scope to flourish in a desired . 8. How do you feel you in your chosen location within the UK? I have never lived alone in my entire life and so I am definitely home sick. Initially, I felt lonely but over a period of time you get used to a new place. I found it difficult to settle into Leeds as I came from a Metropolitan city, Mumbai - which is very lively at any single time of day.  The shops in Leeds are easily accessible and settling into the culture was not difficult.  The NHS 9. 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? The first day was difficult because the UK healthcare system works in unique way compared to India. I took time to understand the system, but when your clinical knowledge and skills are strong, it is not difficult at all. After 3 months of working in the NHS, I began to feel confident when working with my patients. 10. How would you describe the support you received from your hospital after starting your new position? The hospital is very supportive, everyone is very helpful and kind enough to teach you and guide you. They do not differentiate you from others and give equal opportunities as a trainee, in spite of being in a non-trainee post. 11. What is your opinion on the NHS? Working within it and as a patient receiving care? Like every health care system, the NHS also has few drawbacks. The first is the insufficient number of doctors, which burdens the present doctors working within the system. This also increases the waiting time for the patients to be seen by a doctor. But everyone working in the NHS does try to provide the best care possible. 12. How do you find working in the UK compared to your home country? It is difficult to compare the health care system in the UK to India. The Indian health care system is based more on the Private health care system. But working in the NHS is very different from working in India. You take decisions more rationally while working in the NHS and it helps to develop your clinical skills. The Future 13. What are your hopes and goals for the future? I hope to enter the training program in Emergency Medicine and become a Consultant in the UK.  

Brexit: What does it mean for IMGs?

By Gabrielle Richardson
February 15, 2019

What is Brexit? Brexit is an abbreviation of ‘British exit’ – and it is the word used to talk about the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU). What is the EU? The EU is a political and economic union of 28 countries which trade with each other and allow citizens to move easily between the countries to live and work. The UK joined the EU, then known as the EEC (European Economic Community) in1973. Why is the UK leaving the EU? On Thursday 23rd June 2016, a referendum was held when voters were asked one question: Should the UK leave or remain in the EU? The leave vote won by nearly 52% to 48%, which was equivalent to 17.4m votes to 16.1m – but the exit is yet to happen. IMGs in the NHS stats: Did you know that 37% of registered doctors gained their primary medical qualification outside of the UK and this rises to 42% for Consultants. Of every 1,000 NHS staff in England... 873 are British 56 are from other EU countries 43 are Asian 19 are African 9 are from somewhere else… The most common nationalities of NHS staff: British – 988, 363 Indian – 19, 142 Filipino – 16, 807 Irish – 13, 132 Polish – 8, 896 Portuguese - 6,899 Nigerian – 5,960 Zimbabwean – 3, 995 What does Brexit mean for international doctors? Reports reveal that since the UK voted for Brexit, the number of European doctors and nurses relocating to the UK and joining the NHS has declined. So, although we cannot say what the outcome will be post-Brexit, with the current trend of less European doctors joining the NHS – it has led and will continue to lead to a greater demand of non-EU doctors to come and join the NHS. Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor - here, you will receive regular updates in the form of blogs and vlogs, have the opportunity to ask questions and receive professional guidance and the chance to meet other IMGs! References BBC News. (2019). Brexit: A really simple guide. [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 Feb. 2019]. Baker, C. (2019). NHS staff from overseas: statistics. [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 Feb. 2019]. RCP London. (2019). Brexit: What does it mean for doctors?. [online] Available at: [Accessed 15 Feb. 2019].  

NHS Jobs vs A Medical Recruitment Agency

By Ryan Halliday
January 25, 2019

Hello IMGs! We have seen a lot of questions online recently, asking what the advantages are of using a Recruitment Agency against applying directly via NHS Jobs. So, in today’s post we wanted to share an honest comparison of the two – so you don’t have to! Applying directly via NHS Jobs Advantages 1. Easy to find vacancies hosted under one website. 2. Straightforward application – simply set up an NHS Job account, upload your CV and apply to various posts. 3. You can receive job alerts directly to your email address. 4. Job descriptions and departmental information will be provided in detail. Disadvantages 1. Not all NHS job adverts are open to IMGs outside of the EU for at least 28 days – as the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) needs to be satisfied first. 2. NHS Jobs receive a huge volume of applications for each job – sometimes in excess of 50 per position in certain regions. 3. Time – The process can be lengthy, taking several weeks to receive any feedback. 4. Lack of Constructive feedback on unsuccessful applications. 5. You will have to negotiate the salary and relocation allowance on your own. 6. You will have to deal directly with the hospital regarding all queries (Tier 2 visa, relocation). Some HR departments are overwhelmed, so may not respond in a timely manner. Applying via a Medical Recruitment Agency Advantages 1. All agency jobs should be applicable for IMGs outside of the EU – as the RLMT will have been satisfied. 2. An agency will give you free advice on how to improve your CV. 3. Some agencies will help you with interview preparation, supporting you with Skype set-up, possible interview questions and a practice interview. 4. A recruitment agency may have access to vacancies that are not on NHS jobs. 5. Some agencies will provide you with 24/7 support from application through to your first day of working within the NHS. Disadvantages 1. Not all agencies provide equal support – Like anything in life there are good and bad companies – Do your research on the company if deciding to work through one. 2. Lack of impartiality with some agencies – they will put pressure on doctors to accept jobs that are not suitable for the doctor’s individual situation. 3. Some agencies only work with a limited number of NHS Trusts – which offers a lack of choice doctors. If you decide to work with a recruitment agency to find your first job – here are some useful tips to finding the perfect NHS post. 1. Don’t be afraid to say no if you feel that the job is not for you. It is good to be honest with the Recruitment Consultant you are working with and so they can help you find the perfect position. 2. Have a look at the agency’s website and their social media presence, their reviews and the support they offer, prior to sending your CV! If they look unprofessional and have bad reviews, it is probably best to avoid them at all costs! 3. Ask the Recruitment Consultant lots of questions. Do they sound professional? Are they knowledgeable about the relocation process? Do they have a sound understanding of the specialism you work in? If not, do not work with them. 4. Make sure that the agency is UK based and a member of the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation). This is the professional body which governs the standards and ethics of recruitment professionals in the UK. 5. Remember that it is illegal for any UK based recruitment company to charge a fee to any job seeker. 6. And remember – have they tried to find out exactly what you are looking for? Join our Facebook Group – IMG Advisor Here, you will gain access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to ask relocation queries and receive prompt, professional and correct guidance. And the chance to meet other IMGs!      

EU doctors now have until June 2021 to apply for UK settled status

By Gabrielle Richardson
January 21, 2019

If you are a European doctor working within the UK, you will have until June 2021 to apply for a settled status in the UK, as the post-Brexit registration opens nationwide.  Cost:  Over 16: £65 Under 16: £32.50 The Process The UK Government has made the process an easy one! By allowing you to apply for status, simply by downloading an app. They have hired 1,500 new caseworkers and have invested £175m in the scheme.  People applying for status will need to prove they have lived in the UK for at least six months in any 12 month period over a total of five years. If their settled status is granted, they will be able to stay and work in the UK for as long as they like, use the NHS, access benefits and pensions, and travel in and out of the country. A person given pre-settled status will be allowed to remain in the UK for a further five years. After the five years, the person can apply to change their status to “permanent”. References , A. (2019). How many people will have to apply to EU settlement scheme to stay in North East. ] . Available at: [Accessed 21 Jan. 2019]. Sky News. (2019). Millions of EU citizens can now apply for settled status in UK. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Jan. 2019]. Log in to use Ginger Limited mode Five years ×

2018 - Yearly Round Up

By Gabrielle Richardson
December 31, 2018

2018 has been a fantastic year for BDI Resourcing and most definitely a year for celebration. In today’s post, we wanted to share some of our successes with you all and take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us along the way. The Tier 2 Visa Cap BDI Resourcing was set up in 2017 with the sole aim to solve the NHS staffing crisis by supporting international doctors and nurses to relocate to the UK and fill vacant NHS posts. However, in January 2018, this became difficult as a result of the Government’s Tier 2 visa cap. The Government placed a cap on accepted visa’s in an effort to regulate UK immigration and as a result, thousands of doctors and nurses were being denied entry into the UK every single month despite the 10, 000 vacant NHS posts. Here at BDI Resourcing, we experienced this detrimental effect first-hand with longer A&E waiting times, access to outpatient appointments and most importantly, the strain it was having on NHS doctors and nurses. Thus, in January, we made it our mission to get the Tier 2 cap lifted to ensure all doctors and nurses could enter the UK and take up NHS posts. We were the first body to go to the media, with articles from I-News being printed on the issue, we featured on Sky News television coverage, spoke to the head of NHS Employers, the Chair of the BMA, the Shadow Home and Health Secretaries and many other Senior Royal College and NHS figures. We were unrelenting in our campaigning and, on the 15th June 2018, it was announced by the UK Home Office that the visa cap will be removed for all international doctors – our mission was complete. Our Team Grew This year the BDI Resourcing team grew from five to thirteen with the introduction of Sebastian, Gabrielle, Luke, Sean, Isla, Georgia, Jonny and Rich. By expanding our team in all areas including Paediatrics, Social Media, Radiology, General Medicine, Relocation Support, Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Pathology it meant we could strengthen the support we offer all IMGs, nurses, NHS hospitals and improve our online presence.   Doctors and Hospitals Helped This year, we are proud to announce that we have helped 205 international doctors relocate from 20 different countries into 55 different NHS hospitals. These placements mean that thousands of more patients will be seen every year, waiting times are reduced and we have saved the NHS approximately £25 million, money that would have been spent on temporary staff. We are extremely proud of the number of doctors and hospitals we have been able to help this year – and we look forward to seeing how many more doctors, nurses and hospitals we can help in 2019! Awards We are also grateful to have been nominated for several awards: The Small Awards Best Business Start-Up New Kid on the Block Best New Business Awards Service Industry Business of the Year Business of the Year Lloyds Bank National Business Awards New Business of the Year It was an absolute honour to have our hard work and the dedication we give to supporting IMGs and NHS hospitals recognised nationally and even more of an honour to be have received the Runner-Up award for the Service Industry Business of the Year. BDI Resourcing’s passion is to help ALL international doctors and nurses on their journey to the UK and so it is great to see the service we offer acknowledged and we look forward to offering more in the New Year. Thank You We would like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you who comes to us for advice and guidance over the last year. From reading our blogs to sharing our contact details with your friends – we truly appreciate your support and we hope that we can help find each and every single one of you your dream NHS post. See you in the New Year for a very big announcement!

How to survive working over the Christmas period

By Gabrielle Richardson
December 24, 2018

Christmas can often be the busiest time of year for hospitals. Did you know that there are over 141,000 doctors, nurses and midwives who work on Christmas day? Although healthcare staff may be all too aware that working during the festive season is a job requirement, it does not always stop people from feeling less than full of Christmas cheer. Therefore, in today’s post, we wanted to share some ways to cope with working over the festive period. 1. Remember your purpose You may start to feel overwhelmed that your loved ones are at home celebrating and you are at work – but try and remember why you are there. Whether you are caring for the elderly, the young or attending to emergency cases, use this as motivation in order to uplift your festive spirits! 2. Invite your loved ones to work Some hospitals allow their staff to invite guests for short visits during the holidays – so ask if this may be possible for you. A quick visit from family or friends will cheer you up and help the day go a lot quicker!   3. Emotionally prepare Remember that working on Christmas Day may not just be difficult for you, but it will also be hard on the patients that you are treating. Be flexible, and expect extra emotion from everyone, including other team members!   4. Enjoy the perks It is likely that your employer will pay you time and a half, double time or sometimes triple pay for working on Christmas Day and they may also offer a free meal from the hospital canteen. If your hospital is not offering such perks, perhaps you could organise to bring in some festive dishes/desserts with other staff members! Bringing Christmas Day to work! 5. Find time to worship One of the difficulties of working on holidays is missing the religious ceremonies. So, try and visit your hospital’s chapel, prayer room or quiet zone – this will help add to the joy of the holiday. BDI Resourcing would like to say a very big thank you to all doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who are working within the NHS over the Christmas period. We are incredibly grateful for all of your hard work, dedication and passion for providing care. References (2018). 5 ways to cope with working on Christmas day. [online] Available at: [Accessed 24 Dec. 2018].

Why do we celebrate Christmas?

By Gabrielle Richardson
December 21, 2018

Christmas is a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The term Christmas comes from the Old English ‘Cristes Maesse’, which means Christ’s mass. And it has been a festivity celebrated from the Middle Ages, filled with customs, music and food. Did you know that most scholars are unsure about the true date for Christ’s birth as there is no date stated in the bible? But most countries celebrate on the 25th December. How is Christmas celebrated? Christmas Eve In England, there is less emphasis placed on Christmas Eve than other countries that celebrate – much more is made of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Some families will go carol singing, attend midnight mass or go out to the pub. However, Christmas Eve is a very exciting time for young children – as it is the time when Father Christmas visits with presents. Traditionally, children will hang up their stockings, leave some milk and cookies out for Santa and then go to sleep ready for the day ahead. Christmas Day Christmas Day in the UK typically involves exchanging gifts, eating a traditional turkey with all the trimmings, watching the Queen’s Speech, games and drinking alcohol! British Christmas Traditions Explained Why do we exchange gifts? According to scripture, when Jesus Christ was born, three wise men brought gifts to celebrate the birth. Giving gifts to your loved ones symbolises not only the gifts given by the wise men but also the gift of baby Jesus to the world. Why do we put Christmas trees up in our home? The simplest explanation – previously, people viewed God as the sun and thus when the winter came people thought God was weak. Trees such as evergreens were reminders of strength and that spring would soon come. However, the tradition soon caught on when Queen Victoria’s German husband, Prince Albert, set one up in Windsor Castle for the holidays. A sketch was posted in a newspaper, and a festive must-have was immediately born! Fun fact: Scandanavians added candles to Christmas trees (pre-fairy lights) to represent hope through the winter months and the red apples (later baubles) were hung to symbolise the Garden of Eden fruit. Why eat turkey on Christmas day? Geese and peacocks were previously the bird of choice for the British. However, when turkeys made their way to Europe, these soon became a popular choice. They were cheaper and easier to fatten up – making a turkey on Christmas Day, a fashionable choice. References The White Company Journal. (2018). Christmas traditions explained - The White Company Journal. [online] Available at: [Accessed 19 Dec. 2018].

BDI's Christmas Giveaway

By Gabrielle Richardson
December 18, 2018

With Christmas just seven days away we wanted to celebrate the festive season by sharing some merry posts with all our doctors and nurses over the next week. There will be giveaways, festive photos and special stories! Stay tuned! To enter the above competition please visit our Facebook Page for further instructions.  Terms and Conditions:  T&C: -A winner will be chosen on Monday 24th December -The promotional prize for winning the giveaway shall be a dinner voucher for two (valued between £40-£70) -BDI Resourcing's decision is final with respect to all matters relating to awarding of the promotional prize and shall not be subject to review or appeal by any entrant or by any third party. -The prize is neither transferable nor exchangeable and cannot be exchanged for money or money's worth. -By entering the giveaway each entrant unreservedly agrees to these terms and conditions which govern the giveaway and the awarding of the prize. -By entering the giveaway each entrant agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless BDI Resourcing, its legal representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents from any damages whatsoever suffered or sustained in connection with the giveaway or the acceptance of the prize. -BDI Resourcing reserves the right to alter these Terms and Conditions at any time and in its sole discretion.

Our 100th Blog Article

By Gabrielle Richardson
November 30, 2018

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 #2 CESR #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 [email protected] 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!

Changes to the MRCPCH Clinical Exam

By Gabrielle Richardson
November 29, 2018

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have announced changes to the MRCPCH Clinical Exam (the final exam of the qualification structure). These changes will help to ensure that the exam remains consistent across all test centres and will provide candidates with useful feedback on their exam attempt. In this post, we provide you with the requirements of sitting MRCPCH Clinical, the changes implemented and some advice on passing the exam! MRCPCH Clinical Exam Requirements The Royal College recommend that in order to optimise your chances of success in the MRCPCH Clinical exam they recommend that you have: Completed at least two and a half years of Paediatric training Spent no less than 12 months in posts involving Emergency Paediatric Care Spent six months of your first year after graduation as a house Paediatrician, if not, an additional six months in a post involving Emergency Paediatric Care Where can I sit MRCPCH Clinical? The UK, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Oman, Singapore, Sudan and the UAE. What are the changes? Clinical Stations – You will no longer need to provide a management plan within the 9-minute station and there will now be four clinical stations instead of five. Video Stations – They will no longer form a multiple-choice-question format but will be replaced with a structured discussion with an examiner after you have watched the video. There will be two video stations, both 9-minutes in length. The Development Station – This station is being extended to 22-minutes in length and it will now ask you to complete a full developmental assessment including gathering information from a parent or carer. The Marking Sheets – You will now be scored on several competencies rather than a single mark at each station. This will provide you with more detailed feedback and help you in creating a future professional development plan. Please note, the content will remain the same. When is this change happening? September 2019 – India and September October 2019 – The remaining countries with a test centre Click here for access to our blog: Overview of MRCPCH BDI’s Advice on passing MRCPCH Clinical It is important to remember that the Clinical Exam is not a test of knowledge, this has already been proven in the written papers. Tip 1 – Communication – A large part of the exams mark scheme is based on communication. Ask your colleagues to run scenarios with you and listen to their feedback. Tip 2 – System – Ensure you have a systematic approach for every station, revision books will help you with this! And remember to take your time, do not rush into providing an answer. Tip 3 – Practice, practice, practice – Try and meet up with a friend who has young children and practice on them. Tip 4 – Engagement – If the child is old enough to talk, kneel down to their height, introduce yourself, speak to them in terms they can understand but do not be condescending. If you are a Paediatrician who is interested in relocating to the UK and working within the NHS, send your CV to [email protected] and our Paediatrics Specialist Sebastian will be in touch with you. Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor! Here, you will have access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and receive professional support and the chance to meet other IMGs! References (2018). MRCPCH Clinical examination changes - from September 2019 | RCPCH. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 Nov. 2018].

How to find the NHS job you love

By Gabrielle Richardson
November 28, 2018

After you have obtained GMC Registration, finding a new job can be a challenging and frustrating experience. However, with our fundamental tips, you can make the job search a bit easier on yourself if you use a proactive strategy and find the job you love. 1. Be clear on what you want If you are a junior doctor, it is important for you to take the time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work you enjoy doing. The better you know yourself, the more likely you will find yourself working within a specialty that provides you with greater job satisfaction. Before making NHS applications, ask yourself: What do I want from the job? Experience within a particular specialty, the opportunity to train, location, title, salary etc? 2. Tailor your resume to each job Did you know that recruiters/medical staffing/lead clinicians will spend no more than 5-10 seconds looking at your CV? Therefore, it is vital that you make yourself an obvious fit for the post you are applying to. Our first piece of advice is to study the job description and use the same words, phrases and responsibilities listed within your CV. It is important for you to tailor your CV to each job application. For example, if you are a junior doctor, it is no use providing your duties and responsibilities within your Surgery rotation when applying for an Emergency Medicine post and leaving your experience within that rotation blank. 3. Organise your job applications When you start your job search, organise your applications within a visual system. You could create a spreadsheet that allows you to track your applications based on hospital, salary, interview invitations, rejections etc. This will allow you to keep perspective within the process. 4. Utilise your network of contacts This can include online and offline contacts. Searching online will allow you to find out what jobs and opportunities are out there and are available, so you can be more strategic in your job search. You may find someone who already works within the NHS and they can help you source a clinical attachment or you could use social media to uncover job leads. Don’t be afraid to message other doctors or recruiters on Facebook and LinkedIn for advice and guidance. 5. Patience is a virtue The NHS job hunt can be tough, stressful and can often leave you feeling disheartened. So, when you begin to feel saddened, take some time out to exercise, meet some friends or any activity that helps you unwind. Prepare for the job hunt to take longer than you think. Some doctors find their first NHS jobs in a matter of weeks, but for others, it can take months. It is important not to rush the process and wait for the right opportunity. 6. Treat the interviews as a conversation Remember it is just as valuable for you to ask the NHS interview panel questions, just as it is for them to ask you questions. This will allow you to find out if this is the right opportunity for you and if there are future opportunities for training, teaching, research etc. If you are an international doctor who is searching for your first NHS post, email your CV to [email protected] and one of our Specialist Advisers will be in touch. Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor! Here, you will have access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and receive professional support and the chance to meet other IMGs. References Anon, (2018). [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 Nov. 2018]. LiveCareer. (2018). 14 Quick Tips for Finding a New Job | LiveCareer. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 Nov. 2018].

International Pathology Day - Q&A with a Pathologist

By Gabrielle Richardson
November 14, 2018

International Pathology Day was established by the Royal College of Pathologists in 2014 to raise awareness and celebrate the contribution and importance of Pathology and laboratory medicine services in addressing global health challenges around the world. What does Pathology mean? The word ‘Pathology’ means the study of disease, acting as a junction between medicine and science, using advanced technology to study cells and genetics for better diagnosis, screening and treatment. Pathology reports provide over 70% of all the diagnoses which doctors use as the basis of their clinical decisions, whilst making up only 2% of global spending on healthcare. Pathology has three distinct specialties – chemical pathology (also known as clinical biochemistry), histopathology and medical microbiology and virology. Chemical pathology and histopathology encompass several subspecialties and medical microbiology and virology provide the opportunity to dual train in infectious diseases. Each subspecialty offers different combinations of laboratory and clinical research and all of them will offer you the chance to conduct research. Pathology also possesses several other smaller disciplines, such as genetics, immunology and toxicology. You should note that patient contact is limited in pathology, but doctors from all other specialties heavily rely on pathology to assist in diagnosis, often, to allow them to make life-saving decisions. Q&A with Azka Anees – Senior Pathology Resident, Jawarharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University in India. 1. What is your personal mission as a doctor? Being a doctor, it is my personal mission to make my patients the priority. However, sometimes our mission gets lost as we can forget that there is a patient behind the slides and samples we regularly examine. 2. What made you decide to pursue a career in Pathology? I was interested in the pathogenesis of diseases. Pathology is all about understanding why diseases occur and what is happening at microscopic level. It is indeed a whole new world under the microscope, and the more I studied it, the more it attracted me. It is also a very satisfying speciality, when you are looking under the microscope and you find the reason for the patient’s symptoms, or perhaps you can shed light on whether a patient’s tumour is benign or malignant, it is a particularly satisfying and gratifying feeling. 3. Do you have any advice for junior doctors who want to pursue a career in Pathology? My humble advice would be to only pursue this specialty if you have a genuine interest in Pathology. It is a wonderful, but expansive field and people sometimes find it hard to cope if they are not ready for it or they did not realise the amount of work involved. 4. What are your plans for the future? I would like to relocate to the UK and work within the NHS. Whilst here in India, we do receive a wide variety of cases, we are, unfortunately, lacking the infrastructure that is available in the UK. We also do not have detailed countrywide guidelines as provided by the Royal College of Pathologists in the UK. Previously, I had the opportunity to experience the NHS on a number of occasions, and I really appreciate the friendly working environment. Currently, I am studying for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists. I have passed Part 1 and I am currently an Associate Member of the RCPath. I appeared for the Part 2 examination in the Autumn session this year and I am awaiting the results. I also need enough work experience, adequate documentation of my training and work experience to process my GMC Registration. So, I am not quite there yet, but I am hoping for the best! 5. Could you please describe your typical day at work? Typically, my day usually starts with a seminar or a teaching session with our junior doctors. That is then followed by lab work, which includes separate labs such as cytology, histopathology, haematology and chemical pathology. In India, we do not routinely subspecialise, however, there are options to pursue certain fellowships or courses in a few sub-specialties if one wants. Skills needed by a Pathologist: Methodical Communication Attention to detail Precision Advantages of working within Pathology: Reliable work-schedule Vital participation in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease Disadvantages of working within Pathology: Enhanced responsibility because of the serious implications from any mistakes Little contact with patients If you are an international doctor who is looking to relocate to the UK and work within the NHS send your CV to [email protected] and one of our Specialist Advisers will be in touch. Come and say hello! Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor. Here, you will have access to frequent relocation blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and receive professional support and the chance to meet other IMGs! References (2018). International Pathology Day. [online] Available at: [Accessed 13 Nov. 2018]. (2018). BMA - Pathology. [online] Available at: [Accessed 13 Nov. 2018]

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