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    (Original post by quasa)
    Hi guys, Im a registered pharmacist and have had pre-reg interviews in the past at
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    addenbrookes, Guys & Sts, Papworth (pre-2015, papworth and addenbrookes were separate trusts, now they are the same), QE in kings lynn, QE/lister in stevenage, Bedford hospital and Brighton & Sussex
    . whilst I didnt have successful interviews (due to a whole load of bad luck during my last year at uni / a bizarre circumstance behind my guys and sts interview), I do know what is needed to pass (that and I spent 1 month cross sector in leeds during my pre-reg (sadly I did community pre-reg but my heart was in hospital).

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to tag me in this thread
    Hi, were your interviews clinical? and if so any examples please
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    (Original post by MeredithGrey13)
    Ok thats what I had figured. Any idea which ones are available in second round???????
    Hull. RJAH. Probably some Welsh ones, Truro etc

    (Original post by devochkamolniya)
    Hey people,*
    I need your advice. I am applying to TLC and was thinking about the UCL?
    Does anyone know how competitive it is there?*
    V competitive as standard and perhaps even more so this year
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    (Original post by MeredithGrey13)
    Thank you! What were the interviews like, as in, do I need to start prepping and studying stuff in advance?

    Any idea when hospitals contact us after August 31st?

    Whats needed to pass?????????!!!!!!

    Ooooh and what were bizarre circumstances??
    the bizarre circumstances Ill pm you as I can be easily ID'd by them but you can more or less confirm how bizarre they were (in general my last year was messed up and I ended up walking out with a 2:1 (although Im peeved with that)

    interviews Id say start prepping asap tbh. but that being said, half of the interviews arent clinical at all (prime example, guys and sts were just personailty questions about why work for guys and sts, talk about CPD, and another question which escapes me atm but it is straightforward). Some hospitals have hybrid questions (e.g. personal and clinical) and some are straight clinical. back when I did them, addenbrookes had the longest (~2 hours mqcs and case studies) and you had to discuss about 2 tdm drugs. papworth wasnt too bad (mainly lifestyle but a clinical question at the end which requred a lot of counselling) although make sure you remember lifestyle advice for clinical stuff (both cambridge based hospitals I was reserve listed I best of the rest but wasnt called up sadly).

    to pass interviews, be better than the rest at the end of the day ie dont panic, think clearly , make sure you make small pauses before answering and try and not to get tongue tied (guys and sts has the easiest questions which you can answer but I had a panic attack during the interview (not major physically but was sweating profusely and my tongue was physically paralysed with anxiety).

    regarding when hospitals will contact you, it depends on the hospital, some wait 2 weeks, some respond straightaway (e.g. I got a rejection notice via my home hospital on the 1st of September). just make sure you dont pester them
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    (Original post by Farmacee)
    Hi, were your interviews clinical? and if so any examples please
    hi ,refer to my other post later this page.


    a good example of a clinical question is quite common is they give you a drug chart for multiple drugs, they omit the name of the ward and certain pathological functions and expect you to say what condition(s) they are suffering from (e.g. MTX 15mg per week, folic acid 5mg per week and an NSAID). what they dont tell you during the clinical questions but ask beforehand is if you can use your BNF for certain places so make sure you have a tagged bnf before entering.
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    I am so scared I will just get 4 rejections. Is this common?
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    (Original post by MeredithGrey13)
    I am so scared I will just get 4 rejections. Is this common?
    It isn't uncommon. But the good thing about pharmalife is you an try again in November. But just hope you ace it in august/september
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    Did you transfer back to hospital after your community pre reg?
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    (Original post by Farmacee)
    Did you transfer back to hospital after your community pre reg?
    sadly, most hospitals wanted at least 6 months to a year of pre-reg experience in hospital. I know people who do end up there but they usually have to work for 2 years as a pharmacist before being considered (similar case with GP surgeries, which is another avenue I am interested in). So atm, I am stuck locumming for community but the pay isnt too bad
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    £22-25/ hour vs £13 for lloyds, £18 for boots and £19 for sainsbury's
    heck I know a few people who are earning
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    £10-14/hour as a community pharmacist
    so I should consider myself lucky
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    (Original post by quasa)
    sadly, most hospitals wanted at least 6 months to a year of pre-reg experience in hospital. I know people who do end up there but they usually have to work for 2 years as a pharmacist before being considered (similar case with GP surgeries, which is another avenue I am interested in). So atm, I am stuck locumming for community but the pay isnt too bad
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    £22-25/ hour vs £13 for lloyds, £18 for boots and £19 for sainsbury's
    heck I know a few people who are earning
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    £10-14/hour as a community pharmacist
    so I should consider myself lucky
    How was your pre reg exam?
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    Do you know the pay for hospital pre reg? Or how it's paid such as monthly or weekly?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by MeredithGrey13)
    Do you know the pay for hospital pre reg? Or how it's paid such as monthly or weekly?

    Thanks
    Band 5.
    Do you have much experience in hospital?
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    Is there anyone who applied to Addenbrooke's, London Collaboration, UCL and Kings Lynn? Do you know which questions are they asking you? From which schools of Pharmacy are you guys?
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    Btw, do you think having a placement with that hospital will help you to get there?
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    (Original post by Farmacee)
    How was your pre reg exam?
    Prereg exam was pretty straightforward but make sure you practice calcs. I didn't do any calc practice and failed clacs by 1 mark so I had to resit ((thanks to 6 hours of practice, the September exam, which had a 60odd percent pass rate, I passed quite easily (completed closed book in 38 minutes and I finished open with ~50 minutes to spare
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    (Original post by devochkamolniya)
    Is there anyone who applied to Addenbrooke's, London Collaboration, UCL and Kings Lynn? Do you know which questions are they asking you? From which schools of Pharmacy are you guys?
    Hi, I applied in 2013 addenbrokes and kings Lynn. Addenbrookes is clinical intervie ad had what I would describe as a mock prereg exam. Know your tdn drugs as you will be asked about it n the oral interview itself, as well as stuff regarding kidney function calculations (they may have changed it however). The kings Lynn interview was seriously u professional. The chief pharmacist kept swearing and was playing on his phone the whole time. They didn't ask clinical questions but the usual stuff like why hospital pharmacy, why that hospital etc. Overall, I would say avoid kings Lynn if rose jerks were interviewing you. Also double check the format as it may have changed in 3 years
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    (Original post by devochkamolniya)
    Btw, do you think having a placement with that hospital will help you to get there?
    It doesn't make the slightest difference. In fact, most of my friends who applied for places in the places they had experience in were rejected save fir a guy at guys and sts
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    (Original post by Farmacee)
    Band 5.
    Do you have much experience in hospital?
    Which is what like 20K?? 21K?? Is it higher in London??

    Yeah about a month, you?
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    (Original post by quasa)
    It doesn't make the slightest difference. In fact, most of my friends who applied for places in the places they had experience in were rejected save fir a guy at guys and sts
    Really? That does not sound right... :/ Do you know the reasoning why they were rejected?*
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    (Original post by quasa)
    Hi, I applied in 2013 addenbrokes and kings Lynn. Addenbrookes is clinical intervie ad had what I would describe as a mock prereg exam. Know your tdn drugs as you will be asked about it n the oral interview itself, as well as stuff regarding kidney function calculations (they may have changed it however). The kings Lynn interview was seriously u professional. The chief pharmacist kept swearing and was playing on his phone the whole time. They didn't ask clinical questions but the usual stuff like why hospital pharmacy, why that hospital etc. Overall, I would say avoid kings Lynn if rose jerks were interviewing you. Also double check the format as it may have changed in 3 years
    Oh, wow was it that bad in King's Lynn? :OOO*
    Do you know anything about London hospitals?*
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    (Original post by MeredithGrey13)
    Which is what like 20K?? 21K?? Is it higher in London??

    Yeah about a month, you?
    London gives you access to HCAS

    (Original post by devochkamolniya)
    Oh, wow was it that bad in King's Lynn? :OOO*
    Do you know anything about London hospitals?*
    TLC is new for this year, no one has had experience under this new change.
 
 
 
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