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Hospital Induction

This course provides an overview of the National health service and the function of the different cogs in the wheel in the NHS. It also describes the top priorities in the NHS as it stands. Patients arrive in hospitals at their most vulnerable and depend on all healthcare professionals to provide a compassionate, caring, medical care with the highest level of evidence based care.

Time taken  : 60 minutes

Difficulty : Easy

Mental capacity

The English health and social system values and honours the importance of individual chose and respects the autonomy of the individual. There have been many instances where the values and beliefs of a family member or connected person have been forced on the individual and it is to respect the patient’s right to choose that has been fundamental to the evolution of the the Mental capacity act 2005.

Time taken :60 minutes

Level   : Moderate

Understanding Taxation

It usually takes several years before a person who is new to the system understands taxes. While you must always pay the taxes that are due, it does not benefit you to put more money at the HMRC table. This module describes the basics and the laws keep changing. You will need to countercheck all that is mentioned here with the HMRC website or a qualified accountant as I cannot take responsibility for any actions you do based on this module

Time taken : 60 minutes

Level  : Moderate

Multiple choice Questions

Approaching a multiple choice examination is lightly different to your average examinations. Furthermore, MCQs in the UK do not focus on the rarest or most curious diseases. They do not ask about numbers or statistics unless it is relevant to clinical practice. So you need to have the clinical hat on.. You should also approach it as though you have the patient in front of you.

Interview skills

Interviews are a very important part of getting your dream job. You have to portray confidence appropriate to your level of training. At the same time you must be able to convey the impression that you are aware of your limitations. The interviews are structured and designed to be fair to all candidates.

Survival guide on the wards

These are small booklets written by colleagues who have done post graduate training. In addition to telephone numbers, it will be helpful where to find appropriate help. While there will be some regional variation, most hospitals will be clones of others and policies on one ward in a hospital will work on others.

Getting the most of your training.

The UK education system relies on adult learning with little emphasis on lectures and didactic training. You have to seek out your learning. When you see a case on the wards, you can read about it and then expand your knowledge. Follow up patients whom you have seen and make notes to review your learning.

Please USE zero days for your training.. Do not consider these as extra holidays that you can enjoy. You need to get your training done in the time available.

Doing Locums.

You can do extra shifts to increase your income. This is useful especially if you have planned a holiday or you have some unexpected expense

Taxes and other scourges

Getting your tax right will be one of the frustrating aspects of your life here. As you start off, you will be entitled to tax refunds and it would be wise to keep your eye on the ball. You will on average get a tax refund of 300 – 100 Pounds at the end of the year if you keep reading