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    (Original post by Maggie_pie216)
    Hi, where abouts did you see the vision sciences...I cant seem to find it anywhere.
    Thanks
    Ah, sorry, I meant the Vision Sciences one closed a few days ago and the Vascular one is still open... sorry for the confusion
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    (Original post by stp2015)
    Hi all, a bit of info for those on the Genomics course - I've emailed Manchester and they tell me we'll definitely be in for 3 weeks from 3rd October. After that it depends on what rotations your trust has you down for. So keen to get started now!
    Are you planning on commuting or staying in manchester for those 3 weeks? (It depends where your trust is I guess?) I will be in Nottingham so it would be a 2 hour commute on the train each day which doesn't sound fun. Just wondering what other people will be doing about accommodation for those weeks?
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    Hey,

    I'm going to be in Manchester too, I will be looking to stay in Manc I think.

    The uni have said they will possiby be offering us a reduced rate apartment hotel. Hope this helps
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    (Original post by MagicTurtle)
    Are you planning on commuting or staying in manchester for those 3 weeks? (It depends where your trust is I guess?) I will be in Nottingham so it would be a 2 hour commute on the train each day which doesn't sound fun. Just wondering what other people will be doing about accommodation for those weeks?
    I'll be staying in Manchester if I can. I guess I will have to wait to find out from my trust if they are happy to pay for accommodation - as I'll be at Sheffield, which isn't that far from Manchester, but would save me a lot of hassle if I can stay there Mon-Fri.
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    (Original post by stp2015)
    Hi all, a bit of info for those on the Genomics course - I've emailed Manchester and they tell me we'll definitely be in for 3 weeks from 3rd October. After that it depends on what rotations your trust has you down for. So keen to get started now!
    Hi, thank you for sharing this. Can I ask who did you email? I'm doing the Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) and I know we will have 3 weeks of Lectures at Machester Uni together with the Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics) Trainees, so I'm wondering if the dates will be the same. Thank you
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    (Original post by Steve0606)
    Hey guys does anyone have any advice on what to do if you're unsuccessful this year for a place (medical physics)? I got to reserve but my place is 103, so it's not looking very good.. 😂
    How about applying directly to a clinical Technologist or other related positions? that might give you relevant experience and knowledge that will be valuable for the next time you apply or you might end up being sponsored as an in service Trainee ( I know of some cases where that happened).

    Also, do you like programming? I got a place in Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) and the competition seems less tough on this specialism than Medical Physics. Is this something you would consider?
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    (Original post by ssemog)
    Hi, thank you for sharing this. Can I ask who did you email? I'm doing the Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) and I know we will have 3 weeks of Lectures at Machester Uni together with the Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics) Trainees, so I'm wondering if the dates will be the same. Thank you
    I emailed [email protected] - they were super helpful and replied very quick. They also said they will be emailing out dates to all of the trainees soon, I think we will hear more during July.
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    (Original post by stp2015)
    I emailed [email protected] - they were super helpful and replied very quick. They also said they will be emailing out dates to all of the trainees soon, I think we will hear more during July.
    thank you I will email them now, I'm curious! If we all have the same dates, maybe we could all share a house/flat
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    Manchester Uni and my trust have said that they will not pay for accommodation (as we should be using our wages to pay for it)
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    (Original post by SAN1992)
    Manchester Uni and my trust have said that they will not pay for accommodation (as we should be using our wages to pay for it)
    The problem is that we will have to pay 2 houses at the same time.
    How about transport?
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    (Original post by SAN1992)
    Manchester Uni and my trust have said that they will not pay for accommodation (as we should be using our wages to pay for it)
    I don't think that's true, we have a bursary from NSHCS that should pay for travel or accommodation which the trusts receive when they hire us. So everyone should be able to claim expenses back.
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    I know, I've spoken with Manc Uni and they said that they wont be helping us financially with accommodation. They did say that they would be offering us a reduced rate apartment hotel though.

    I spoke with my trust and they said that I would have to pay for the accommodation with my wages (we get quite a good salary).

    I didn't ask about transport though.
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    (Original post by gyldin)
    I don't think that's true, we have a bursary from NSHCS that should pay for travel or accommodation which the trusts receive when they hire us. So everyone should be able to claim expenses back.
    Oh, I didn't know this, my trust didn't tell me that I could claim back expenses. I will have to ask them about this
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    (Original post by SAN1992)
    I know, I've spoken with Manc Uni and they said that they wont be helping us financially with accommodation. They did say that they would be offering us a reduced rate apartment hotel though.

    I spoke with my trust and they said that I would have to pay for the accommodation with my wages (we get quite a good salary).

    I didn't ask about transport though.
    I understand that we get quite a good salary. But not everyone's circumstances are the same. For example, I'm a single mother of 3 children, and I'm placed in Surrey which is quite expensive. Maintaining a 3 bedroom house in Surrey is already tricky on our salary, add travelling and accommodation to Manchester and it becomes nearly impossible. Don't take me wrong, I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to do the STP (with funded masters and awesome training) but I know other people here, who also will struggle, so I do hope we can claim some expenses back.
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    (Original post by ssemog)
    I understand that we get quite a good salary. But not everyone's circumstances are the same. For example, I'm a single mother of 3 children, and I'm placed in Surrey which is quite expensive. Maintaining a 3 bedroom house in Surrey is already tricky on our salary, add travelling and accommodation to Manchester and it becomes nearly impossible. Don't take me wrong, I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to do the STP (with funded masters and awesome training) but I know other people here, who also will struggle, so I do hope we can claim some expenses back.
    I know, I will struggle too, I'm just telling you what I've been told

    I've now contacted NSHCS and asked about it, I will let you now when I hear back
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    Hi, sorry lol, I thought the bit between the parentheses stating we get quite a good salary was yours and I didn't take it as irony
    I found a document online that states:
    "7.2 Travel & Accommodation HENE will reimburse reasonable travel and accommodation costs associated with university / National School Healthcare Science course / examination attendance. Estimated annual costs of these should be submitted to HENE at the start of the trainee’s academic year. Trusts will be reimbursed this amount and any adjustments made at the end of the financial year. The trainee should claim their expenses through their Trusts normal expenses route. "
    From:https://www.networks.nhs.uk/nhs-netw...loyer-guidance

    But yes, please let us know what they say
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    Hello all,I've spoken with NSHCS about being reimbursed for accommodation in Manchester and they sent me the following reply:"Thank you for your email. Unfortunately you have been misinformed as the NSHCS does not fund any part of the STP, either pay or non pay so no trainees receive a bursary from us. The STP is funded by the local Health Education England commissioner. There may be variability across regions in terms of non pay as is outlined in the recruitment literature available to you upon application – (see question 36 of the FAQs) so it is better that you enquire with the local commissioner to identify what funding may be available".So basically you have to contact your regions HEE commissioner and ask, some regions will fund and others wont. I'm sorry if I'm breaking bad news to people.
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    I've been having a disaster! Emailed my contact at Papworth when we received their details back in May and he said he would get in touch with HR and get the ball rolling with pre-employment checks and stuff. After three weeks I still hadn't heard anything so I called HR and they had no idea who I was or what the STP was. Two calls to the NSHCS and more emails to my contact later, I finally got a reply saying they had a new Director of Operations and she hadn't approved the post yet. I asked what my contact thought the chances of the post not being approved are and didn't get a very definitive response. My contact says he's sent 'everything required' to the new executive director. Apparently they had an executive directors meeting last week and talked about it but didn't come to a decision as she still wanted more information. My contact has said as the funding comes from external sources and It doesn't cost the trust anything to have my post that it's should just be a formality, but considering Kings and East Sussex trusts pulled out at the last minute in May i'm worried it might not be approved and i'll suddenly find myself without a post. Considering I need to resign from my current job in 3 weeks if i'm going to do this, and move to Cambridge, i'm finding this pretty stressful!Also a little bummed that my master is in Newcastle and not in Manchester but I was prepared for that and it's pretty minor compared to potentially not having a post at all.
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    Hey guys,

    I emailed my employing trust today about paying for accommodation and I received a very quick reply saying that they do have a limited budget per STP and have previously payed for our accommodation at a reasonable price. He also said that it's definitely worth trying to flat share or something with other trainees to bring the cost down as a hotel would be way over their budget.

    They have also secured us a reduced rate at the Atrium apartments in Manchester but that still seems pretty expensive and I have no idea what they deem to be a "reasonable price."
    For those of you that haven't already accessed the MASHE moodle page there is a list of accommodation options on there as well as discussion forums to organise sharing accommodation.

    Is anyone else willing to try and sort a flat share or something for the weeks in October in Manchester? - Give me a shout!
 
 
 
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