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    (Original post by triwka)
    - Yes, you can apply while you're in your final year and your offer would then be conditional on you getting 2.1 in your degree.
    - Application is via the NHS jobs website. No CV's are accepted. You just fill in the form with usual Experience/Qualifications etc. The main part of the application is the Personal Statement, where you should show how you match the Person Specification (it is normally attached to the job description once they are advertised.. there was a link to this years Person Spec somewhere is this thread). To get an interview you have to show that you tick all the boxes on that spec.
    - Interviews were quite different from what I've experience before. It is a set of 4 mini-interviews, one on each area they're interested in (Personal/Technical/Clinical Situation/Leadership if I'm not mistaken). Questions are the same for all candidates and you have 10 minutes to answer them.
    - My main tip for getting an interview is to really spend quality time on you PS and show how you match the specification. Once you've got an interview, you have to convince interviewers that you're passionate about the job. They're not only looking for the right answers, they are interested in your thinking process (that might be really important in a technical interview section if you don't know the exact answer), how you cope with stress (four rushed interviews in such a short time is quite a challenge) and other similar things.
    Good luck with your application!

    upd: Here's a link to this years peson spec http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...=person%20spec
    And this is how they score it http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...hlight=scoring
    Thank you so much for the really quick and extremely informative response. This has definitely given me a much better idea of where to go and what I need to do now just to get the remaining boxes ticked.

    The interviews sound slightly terrifying, but I guess I will have to deal with them if I get that far.

    Thanks!
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    Any more trainee healthcare scientists for blood sciences on here? Come and introduce yourself on http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1727169
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    Just wondering, has anyone tried to complete KCL on-line enrolment yet? Or any other uni hosting the MSc - I guess the questions would be the same. When it asks about funding, do we put "Depts of Health/NHS/Social Care" or "Employer" in there? Neither of those seems to work for me (it says that my sponsor details are empty and I should enrol as self-funded), so I'm not too sure what to do and everyone seems to be on holiday till the end of next week
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    Just wanted to check if anyone else starting this year has yet to receive their contract? I've been in touch with my department a few times, most recent being almost three weeks ago now, when I was told that they were in discussion with HR and I should get confirmation through "shortly". We must have different definitions

    The thing is, I don't even have a definite start date yet, only provisional. Based on this "most likely" date I wanted to move in three weeks time, since I'm relocating almost 300 miles and wanted time to settle in ... but without proof of employment I can't even go house-hunting yet.

    Needless to say, I haven't heard anything from my host university yet either.

    I just feel a bit lost, and was wondering if anyone else was similarly in the dark. I think my next step will be to contact HR and try and chase things up, though I'm hesitant to look like I'm badgering them. For the record, I'm going to be working in Birmingham (with the MSc at Nottingham Uni). Any help much appreciated!
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    (Original post by triwka)
    Just wondering, has anyone tried to complete KCL on-line enrolment yet? Or any other uni hosting the MSc - I guess the questions would be the same. When it asks about funding, do we put "Depts of Health/NHS/Social Care" or "Employer" in there? Neither of those seems to work for me (it says that my sponsor details are empty and I should enrol as self-funded), so I'm not too sure what to do and everyone seems to be on holiday till the end of next week
    I'm getting the same thing. I just sent an email to their enrol online email address that it tells you to contact. But just got an auto response saying generic don't worry if you can't log on or complete enrolment stuff, they will just sort it out at campus registration (slowly probably). So I'll wait and see if I get a response from a real person.

    Also I can't login to my email account. Can you???
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    (Original post by (~Rach~))
    Just wanted to check if anyone else starting this year has yet to receive their contract? I've been in touch with my department a few times, most recent being almost three weeks ago now, when I was told that they were in discussion with HR and I should get confirmation through "shortly". We must have different definitions

    The thing is, I don't even have a definite start date yet, only provisional. Based on this "most likely" date I wanted to move in three weeks time, since I'm relocating almost 300 miles and wanted time to settle in ... but without proof of employment I can't even go house-hunting yet.

    Needless to say, I haven't heard anything from my host university yet either.

    I just feel a bit lost, and was wondering if anyone else was similarly in the dark. I think my next step will be to contact HR and try and chase things up, though I'm hesitant to look like I'm badgering them. For the record, I'm going to be working in Birmingham (with the MSc at Nottingham Uni). Any help much appreciated!
    I haven't got my contract yet either. Hull were really really slow to kick off the paperwork. I handed in proof of ID for the CRB check a week and a half ago. HR said that I wouldn't get my contract until that had all been processed which takes 3 or 4 weeks. Which means it will come through when I'm on holiday in america. And my supervisor has decided that I'm starting as soon as I get back from hol :confused: but he hasn't yet sorted out inducation or any of the details. So I dont have an official start date.

    I've got all the uni stuff though, so thats fine for me.....Just got no contract and no idea when I'll get paid! Grr.
    Might be worth enquiring with the Uni? Do you know the start date for the Msc?
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    (Original post by louisecc)
    I'm getting the same thing. I just sent an email to their enrol online email address that it tells you to contact. But just got an auto response saying generic don't worry if you can't log on or complete enrolment stuff, they will just sort it out at campus registration (slowly probably). So I'll wait and see if I get a response from a real person.

    Also I can't login to my email account. Can you???
    I think we need to enrol to activate the e-mail account - that's why I wanted to do it now in case some information would be sent to that e-mail. Well, if it all can be sorted out on the enrolment day I might just select one of these options and then see what they say. Just need to sort out some form of "sponsor confirmation letter" from the trust..


    (Original post by (~Rach~))
    The thing is, I don't even have a definite start date yet, only provisional. Based on this "most likely" date I wanted to move in three weeks time, since I'm relocating almost 300 miles and wanted time to settle in ... but without proof of employment I can't even go house-hunting yet.
    The contract is "Private and Confidential" so you shouldn't really have to show it to letting agencies. I just provided them with HR contact and all my reference checks went through fine - they just phoned them up to confirm I'm gonna be working with them. If you have a name of the HR person dealing with your contract try asking if he/she is ok to confirm this information on the phone and start flat hunting!
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    (Original post by louisecc)
    I haven't got my contract yet either. Hull were really really slow to kick off the paperwork. I handed in proof of ID for the CRB check a week and a half ago. HR said that I wouldn't get my contract until that had all been processed which takes 3 or 4 weeks. Which means it will come through when I'm on holiday in america. And my supervisor has decided that I'm starting as soon as I get back from hol :confused: but he hasn't yet sorted out inducation or any of the details. So I dont have an official start date.

    I've got all the uni stuff though, so thats fine for me.....Just got no contract and no idea when I'll get paid! Grr.
    Might be worth enquiring with the Uni? Do you know the start date for the Msc?
    Which uni will you be at? All I know is that there will be a residential course either the 3rd or 4th week of October (rather than right at the beginning as I gather is the case for a lot of STP trainees). I've had a look on the Nottingham Uni website but can't seem to find the course listed (doesn't help that I'm not 100% sure what it's actually called ...).

    I actually sorted out all my CRB stuff at the beginning of June, which is why I was starting to worry at such a long gap between stages. Sorry you're not having much luck with contracts either - I guess at least we know we're not the only ones!


    (Original post by triwka)
    The contract is "Private and Confidential" so you shouldn't really have to show it to letting agencies. I just provided them with HR contact and all my reference checks went through fine - they just phoned them up to confirm I'm gonna be working with them. If you have a name of the HR person dealing with your contract try asking if he/she is ok to confirm this information on the phone and start flat hunting!
    Thank you for this, that's actually really good news! I've been itching to get flat hunting for ages ... I've never rented before (uni excepted) and all the talk of needing "proof of employment" got me worried. Going to phone HR now ...
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    (Original post by misanthropic)
    i am in the process of applying! hardly any1 knows what the hell a clinical scientist does or is, this thread is proof! I would love you get to talk to some like minded people on this - i'm from NI and there are hardly any clinical scientists to start with, let alone applicants for this years intake for Eng/Wales!

    A clinical scientist can make up to £93,000 and this is actually achieveable within normal career development!
    Would you mind giving an example of career development which would lead to that salary? thanks
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    Hi guys
    I'm really interested in clinical embryology and know how competitive it is. I was thinking of even applying abroad. I have searches so much on the internet but haven't managed to find anything. Do they have trainee clinical embryology posts like here? I'm looking most specifically at Canada but I can't find any information. I have found jobs for embryologists but nothing like trainee clinical embryologist or nothing on how you can become an embryologist in Canada.
    Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

    Haleh
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    (Original post by louisecc)
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    Sorry for the multiple quoting, but I thought I'd pass on what HR just told me -

    Apparently all we get before we start is a confirmation letter (which I assume will have an official start date). The actual contract is organised through the department after we start (she said around 3 or 4 weeks in). So I looked a bit stupid asking when my contract would arrive in the post, but hey, I've never done this before least I'm a bit closer to understanding. Not sure if everywhere works like this or just Birmingham, right enough ... anyway, good luck with it all! x
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    (Original post by (~Rach~))
    Just wanted to check if anyone else starting this year has yet to receive their contract? I've been in touch with my department a few times, most recent being almost three weeks ago now, when I was told that they were in discussion with HR and I should get confirmation through "shortly". We must have different definitions

    The thing is, I don't even have a definite start date yet, only provisional. Based on this "most likely" date I wanted to move in three weeks time, since I'm relocating almost 300 miles and wanted time to settle in ... but without proof of employment I can't even go house-hunting yet.

    Needless to say, I haven't heard anything from my host university yet either.

    I just feel a bit lost, and was wondering if anyone else was similarly in the dark. I think my next step will be to contact HR and try and chase things up, though I'm hesitant to look like I'm badgering them. For the record, I'm going to be working in Birmingham (with the MSc at Nottingham Uni). Any help much appreciated!
    Heya,
    I heard some details of the MSc for Nottingham from my Trust, as I get on quite well with my training officer.

    The MSc title is Clinical Science. The coordinator for the MSc is Sally Chappell
    ([email protected] ).

    "The first contact time in Nottingham will be the 17th-21st October. Training will start at 11am on the 17th. We anticipate that the course will finish by 3pm on the Friday, although this is still provisional so I would encourage trainees not to book train tickets etc until this has been confirmed.

    The remainder of the Year 1 material will be delivered entirely online, aside from 2 days further contact time in February. Much more detail on the course delivery will be given to you before the start of the course, including timetables and details of assessment deadlines etc.

    For those trainees requiring hotel accommodation, the details below are for the hotel which we have used for those trainees on the Genetics pilot scheme over the past 2 years. It is about 20 minutes walk from the University, and is also reasonably close to the train station.

    Premier Inn
    Castle Marina Park, Castle Bridge Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG7 1GX
    http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/N...-castle-marina

    There is also a Holiday Inn on the same site:
    Holiday Inn Hotel Nottingham
    Castle Marina Retail Park, Castle Bridge Road, Nottingham NG7 1GX. Telephone 0115 993 4020 ‎


    This is quite a lot of good information, I was surprised! I have booked the Premier Inn, arriving on the Sunday, because it is a long journey to Nottingham from Bristol, and I don't want to be late!

    Hope this is useful!
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    (Original post by QueenAli)
    Hope this is useful!
    Hello

    Thank you so much, this is really useful!
    Sorry for now asking even more questions ... but I was wondering if you've had to do any sort of online enrolment or anything yet? I might actually get in touch with Sally Chappell next week, thanks for the email adress!

    I'll go have a look at those hotels now ... I guess from your post that we are responsible for organising and paying for our own accommodation? It'd be nice if we all ended up in the same hotel, more sociable for the evenings

    Can I ask, which specialism are you? I'm certain you've said on here before, but my memory's failing me, sorry ... I'm really excited to meet everyone!!
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    (Original post by louisecc)
    Also I can't login to my email account. Can you???
    Found a link to activate the e-mail: https://emailsupport.kcl.ac.uk/activate/
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    (Original post by triwka)
    Found a link to activate the e-mail: https://emailsupport.kcl.ac.uk/activate/
    thankyou so much! the IT people were useless. They just said that a few people were having issues with accessing their emails, and to wait a few days before trying again. Nothing about needing to activate the email separately :confused:
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    (Original post by (~Rach~))
    Hello

    Thank you so much, this is really useful!
    Sorry for now asking even more questions ... but I was wondering if you've had to do any sort of online enrolment or anything yet? I might actually get in touch with Sally Chappell next week, thanks for the email adress!

    I'll go have a look at those hotels now ... I guess from your post that we are responsible for organising and paying for our own accommodation? It'd be nice if we all ended up in the same hotel, more sociable for the evenings

    Can I ask, which specialism are you? I'm certain you've said on here before, but my memory's failing me, sorry ... I'm really excited to meet everyone!!
    Heya,
    I don't think that enrolment has started yet. My training officer met with Sally at a conference about the programme, and had to give details about each trainee, including email, so that the University of Nottingham could contain us to begin the enrolment process in September I believe.

    On the hotels front, I think that they are all on the same site even if people choose different ones. The Premier Inn is cheaper though. If you book it through www.booking.com, then you don't have to pay until you get there, and by then you may have found out if you can claim back. Plus you can cancel the reservation free of charge if required.

    I had an email today from my training officer that confirmed that I won't have to pay for travel or hotel costs. I will post what was sent from the SHA to my training officer. I presume that all SHAs will provide the same amount? If some trainees don't get any money back, then that is wrong.

    Just to let you know that I have arranged for £1,500 to be paid in September, for each STP trainee, direct to the employing Trust. This will arrive in your finance dept along with a schedule which will show the trainees name and the amount being provided for that trainee.

    This is for all of the trainees, including those that are not due to start until the end of September/October, and will ensure funding is available to enable accommodation to be arranged with the respective HEI for the initial education delivery period, and also help with travel costs. The remainder of the £3,000 for the first year will be paid from April to August 2012.

    This is a non-pay cost payment and is separate from the salary support payment. For those trainees due to commence their training in September, the salary support will also start that month.


    I am doing Blood Sciences - Haematology and Transfusion specialism. What about you?
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    (Original post by QueenAli)
    Heya,
    I don't think that enrolment has started yet. My training officer met with Sally at a conference about the programme, and had to give details about each trainee, including email, so that the University of Nottingham could contain us to begin the enrolment process in September I believe.

    On the hotels front, I think that they are all on the same site even if people choose different ones. The Premier Inn is cheaper though. If you book it through www.booking.com, then you don't have to pay until you get there, and by then you may have found out if you can claim back. Plus you can cancel the reservation free of charge if required.

    I had an email today from my training officer that confirmed that I won't have to pay for travel or hotel costs. I will post what was sent from the SHA to my training officer. I presume that all SHAs will provide the same amount? If some trainees don't get any money back, then that is wrong.

    Just to let you know that I have arranged for £1,500 to be paid in September, for each STP trainee, direct to the employing Trust. This will arrive in your finance dept along with a schedule which will show the trainees name and the amount being provided for that trainee.

    This is for all of the trainees, including those that are not due to start until the end of September/October, and will ensure funding is available to enable accommodation to be arranged with the respective HEI for the initial education delivery period, and also help with travel costs. The remainder of the £3,000 for the first year will be paid from April to August 2012.

    This is a non-pay cost payment and is separate from the salary support payment. For those trainees due to commence their training in September, the salary support will also start that month.


    I am doing Blood Sciences - Haematology and Transfusion specialism. What about you?
    Hi, I am doing the Blood Sciences MSc in Manchester - from your message, am I right in gathering that every trainee should get their travel/accommodation costs back?
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    (Original post by Haleh)
    Hi guys
    I'm really interested in clinical embryology and know how competitive it is. I was thinking of even applying abroad. I have searches so much on the internet but haven't managed to find anything. Do they have trainee clinical embryology posts like here? I'm looking most specifically at Canada but I can't find any information. I have found jobs for embryologists but nothing like trainee clinical embryologist or nothing on how you can become an embryologist in Canada.
    Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

    Haleh
    I'm interested to hear the answer to this too.
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    (Original post by QueenAli)
    "]Just to let you know that I have arranged for £1,500 to be paid in September, for each STP trainee, direct to the employing Trust. This will arrive in your finance dept along with a schedule which will show the trainees name and the amount being provided for that trainee.

    This is for all of the trainees, including those that are not due to start until the end of September/October, and will ensure funding is available to enable accommodation to be arranged with the respective HEI for the initial education delivery period, and also help with travel costs. The remainder of the £3,000 for the first year will be paid from April to August 2012.

    This is a non-pay cost payment and is separate from the salary support payment. For those trainees due to commence their training in September, the salary support will also start that month.[/COLOR]
    my supervisor said its down to each SHA. My one originally decided not to give anything to cover travel/accomodation. But then once it found out that everywhere else was giving funding its gone for £2000 a year apparently. Which is no way going to cover costs for me since I will spend the first 3 months in London (without the london waiting), and then for the following year I'm going to be bumped all over the country because my training centre can't provide all the training.
    I'll have to try to wring some more money out of them!!
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    I am considering applying to the clinical scientist trainee programme when it becomes available again and was wondering if those who were successful in applying this year had work experience as well as academic qualifications? And if so, how much work experience and was it directly related to your specialism or perhaps just general hospital experience?
 
 
 
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