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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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    (Original post by welly909)
    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.
    Oh no, I understand how stressful that might be! It should be just a formality if the funding does not even come from the trust! Seeing that your post will not affect their budget, I don't think the director would like to start the post making such harsh decisions who would affect not only you but the team who was expecting you in September. Fingers crossed for you, keep us updated!
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    (Original post by SAN1992)
    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.
    Hey, Thanks for the update. The document I posted before was for the North East (HENE), so at least they fund accommodation....
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    (Original post by MagicTurtle)
    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!
    Hi,
    How many weeks are you staying for? I'm staying in Manchestes for 3 weeks starting on the 3rd October. I'm looking at a 3 bedroom flat for £50 per night, are you interested?

    If someone is, please let me know!
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    (Original post by SAN1992)
    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.
    Every trainee should get about a £6,000 budget for the duration of their training. This can go towards accommodation over the MSc block release period, attendance of conferences or really whatever you want that you feel (and is agreed by your consultant) would further your healthcare science career. This is what the London Clinical Biochemistry consultant told me. You have to pay up front but give your consultant receipts of payment and you should be reimbursed. It works out more like £1,000 every 6 ish months more than being able to blow it all in one go though. Contact your prospective supervisor at your trust to find out how they do it there.
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    (Original post by ssemog)
    Hi,
    How many weeks are you staying for? I'm staying in Manchestes for 3 weeks starting on the 3rd October. I'm looking at a 3 bedroom flat for £50 per night, are you interested?

    If someone is, please let me know!
    I'm possibly interested. If it's £50 for all 3 of us per night.
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    (Original post by SAN1992)
    I'm possibly interested. If it's £50 for all 3 of us per night.
    Hi, I will message you. It is actually £54 for all 3 per night, sorry. £50 would be for £4 weeks of renting or more.
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    There's now a facebook group for reproductive science if there any more out there who want to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1652...67642042058396
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    Without wanting to "sound" like a copycat, here is a Group for STP Clinical Bioinformatics too https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021827007865567/
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    (Original post by ssemog)
    Hi, I will message you. It is actually £54 for all 3 per night, sorry. £50 would be for £4 weeks of renting or more.

    PM me please
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    (Original post by SAN1992)
    PM me please
    Hi! I did, more than half an hour ago. Did you check the messages? I wonder if it goes through moderator approval because it contained a link... I'll try without the link
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    Hi Guys, have any one of you got a letter from Occupational health service from your trust for Immunity check?
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    (Original post by Ehter)
    Hi Guys, have any one of you got a letter from Occupational health service from your trust for Immunity check?
    Hi, yes I did. It seems to be standard if you cant show an upto date immunization record. Because I did part of my immunisations abroad and did not have a uk immunization record, they did a blood test to check my immunity for a series of conditions.
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    Is anyone looking at getting somewhere to stay in Newcastle in October / November for the Masters and be interested in looking for a flat share / air bnb or something for those weeks?
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    (Original post by JLD15)
    Hi all,

    Still looking for the other trainees who will be starting in Genomics/Bioinformatics (Genomics) in Newcastle!

    Would love to say hello before September
    I'm going to be doing the Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics specialism) STP in Newcastle, so hiya! Have you managed to find other Newcastle Genomics trainees yet?
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    Hey, I'm just trying to find the other Bioinformatics (Genomics) trainee in Oxford, there's supposed to be two of us. Would be nice to know you before we start
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    Does anybody know when we will start getting paid? Trying to work out when to leave my current job and hoping not to have a huge gap between paydays! Anybody else going to be at Shrewsbury?
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    Hey everyone,

    I thought I'd copy the people above by making a Facebook group for the Genomics trainees this year - https://www.facebook.com/groups/162290054183473/

    Feel free to join and add anyone else you know that is on the genomics programme!
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    (Original post by MagicTurtle)
    Hey everyone,

    I thought I'd copy the people above by making a Facebook group for the Genomics trainees this year - https://www.facebook.com/groups/162290054183473/

    Feel free to join and add anyone else you know that is on the genomics programme!
    Is this including Genomic Counsellors?
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    (Original post by SAN1992)
    Is this including Genomic Counsellors?
    Sure, why not
 
 
 
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