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    I'm considering applying to this scheme in the next cycle, specifically for the Microbiology or immunology posts. I'm currently on my placement year, but I'm worried this won't be enough experience, especially since it's research rather than clinical. I'd really like to get some experience in a hospital lab, even if it's just a brief visit (I'm not even sure what sort of thing they'd be able to offer an undergraduate). How would I go about arranging this? Should I just email hospital microbiology/pathology departments directly and see what they say, or would there be some other department I should contact?
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    (Original post by Philbert)
    I'm considering applying to this scheme in the next cycle, specifically for the Microbiology or immunology posts. I'm currently on my placement year, but I'm worried this won't be enough experience, especially since it's research rather than clinical. I'd really like to get some experience in a hospital lab, even if it's just a brief visit (I'm not even sure what sort of thing they'd be able to offer an undergraduate). How would I go about arranging this? Should I just email hospital microbiology/pathology departments directly and see what they say, or would there be some other department I should contact?
    Email the head of the laboratory in question and they should be able to sort something out. What it is may largely depend on how generous they're feeling at the time - you won't know until you ask. Hands on experience will be very difficult to attain, but just being able to see how the lab functions and what tests they do should give you a lot of information to take with you into the interviews. Practical-wise it's usually pretty similar to research anyway, so research experience is still relevant. The important thing is to notice how clinical science implements the techniques in a different way to research, so knowing how research works gives you an advantage in that respect.
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    (Original post by Philbert)
    I'm considering applying to this scheme in the next cycle, specifically for the Microbiology or immunology posts. I'm currently on my placement year, but I'm worried this won't be enough experience, especially since it's research rather than clinical. I'd really like to get some experience in a hospital lab, even if it's just a brief visit (I'm not even sure what sort of thing they'd be able to offer an undergraduate). How would I go about arranging this? Should I just email hospital microbiology/pathology departments directly and see what they say, or would there be some other department I should contact?
    I would certainly recommend a lab visit/shadowing experience...although there is a huge amount of conflicting advice out there, it appears a lab visit is crucial, particularly as many interviewees get to interview with no real clear idea as to what a healthcare scientist may do in the particular specialty they have applied for (not my opinion, a fact I was told from someone who is involved in recruitment). I've recently been lucky enough to visit 3 different combined labs, one I got into as I work with a haematology registrar who was able to give me a contact, but the other two I organised off my own back, so you can easily do it on your own too.

    What I would suggest is basically Google your local acute trust/specialty you are interested in & this should give you a name/contact number/e-mail of someone in that department. I find if you manage to contact the relevant person in that department (as it were), you tend to have better luck. Plus let them know you are planning on applying to next year's STP intake & how flexible you are, as in you appreciate they are really busy & you'll basically fit in with what's best for them, grovel grovel, etc...usually gets a result!

    I don't think being an undergraduate will put you at any sort of disadvantage at all, there were plenty on work experience/shadowing when I was in the labs, just showing how enthusiastic/keen you are should help.

    One final thing, do not underestimate the research lab experience for a second: it will provide you with critical hands-on experience in good laboratory practice, typical methods/instruments used in a lab (very similar to any combined labs) & will give you good grounding & confidence. Also, although most research = basic science, there is always scope to translate that experience into potential clinical benefit! Go for it & good luck!
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    Just wanted to ask those of you who've had an interview what forms of ID you took with you? I'm struggling with a second option as I don't have a driver's licence... reckon a 16-25 young persons rail card is acceptable? Also, did they ask for photocopies?
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by Wizmikal88)
    Just wanted to ask those of you who've had an interview what forms of ID you took with you? I'm struggling with a second option as I don't have a driver's licence... reckon a 16-25 young persons rail card is acceptable? Also, did they ask for photocopies?
    Thanks!
    I took driver's license and passport. If rail card is the only other form of photographic ID you have then take that but it might be best calling ahead to make sure they will accept that. Do you have an in-date student ID? They didn't ask for photocopies, they just looked at it for 2 seconds and handed it back! I'd call them to double check still! Good luck!
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    (Original post by vicci1988)
    I took driver's license and passport. If rail card is the only other form of photographic ID you have then take that but it might be best calling ahead to make sure they will accept that. Do you have an in-date student ID? They didn't ask for photocopies, they just looked at it for 2 seconds and handed it back! I'd call them to double check still! Good luck!
    Nope, unfortunately my student ID's expired But thank you! I have emailed them, but they probably won't see it till tomorrow...I'll definitely give them a call in the morning. If only i'd realised sooner...lol.

    Hope your interview went well!
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    Even if it's expired, still take it, because at least it will corroborate WHO you are, as in your name will be the same as on your passport, and you had to go through certain checks to get it issued to you, even if it's now out of date. What about a current work ID card...that should have your picture along with your name on it?
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    Hey guys, just wondering if during the interview there is an opportunity to ask the panel any questions regarding the programme?
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    (Original post by _Tinks_)
    Hey guys, just wondering if during the interview there is an opportunity to ask the panel any questions regarding the programme?
    During the interview, no (they specifically ask you not to), but afterwards you can go back to the waiting room where a member of staff is waiting and will answer any questions they can.
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    (Original post by breakout)
    During the interview, no (they specifically ask you not to), but afterwards you can go back to the waiting room where a member of staff is waiting and will answer any questions they can.
    Ah okay makes sense, thank you!
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    (Original post by accoops790)
    Even if it's expired, still take it, because at least it will corroborate WHO you are, as in your name will be the same as on your passport, and you had to go through certain checks to get it issued to you, even if it's now out of date. What about a current work ID card...that should have your picture along with your name on it?
    I took my passport and driving licence, although these have my maiden name on (I'm since married, but haven't updated them yet) and this was fine. It may be worth checking, but I should think that a rail card would be fine, so long as it has a name and photo on it.
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    (Original post by rhiannon01)
    Hi,

    Question for anyone who has an interview for Microbiology - What kind of qualifications/ experience have you got?

    I've been working as a trainee biomedical scientist in a NHS lab (micro) for 3 years now (will be 4 by the time I apply) and am studying part time for my BSc in Applied biomedical science (looking to get a First or a 2.1).

    I have some clinical microbiology knowledge with regards to patients from case study sessions organised by the Consultant in Paediatric infectious diseases and obviously working in a NHS lab already I know all about the tests involved and some of the new tests that are being implemented/ research projects etc.. I'm just worried about getting my hopes up about applying next year if there is no chance I'd even get an interview! Reading about this seems like it would be my dream job as I'd love to go into a more clinical/research based role.
    Heya,

    I had an interview for micro this year.
    I have a 1st in applied biomedical science, HPC Registration, 1 year exp in a food micro lab, 4 month exp in North staffs NHS microbiology lab (where I was a trainee BMS) and 18 months at RPH as a BMS in virology and molecular.

    Given your experience I would definitely apply. I know that 2 of our Placement student that are in 3rd year of uni got interviews ( for biochem and histo), and one of the people i spoke to at the interview worked in phamocology.

    What I would say for advice is make sure your hitting all the points in the job spec in your written application. I dont think a working lab background is all thats required to get this job. Knowledge on developing the lab, to improve the service, clinical implications, leadership and research/validation.

    I think something that really helped was trailing and implementing a new method in the lab, and being aware of quality.

    The discipline specific questions focused on infection control, hospital acquired infections, category 3 specimens, antibiotic resistance, epidemiology and high risk patients - all stuff you should be aware of working in the lab but from a clinical perspective.

    If your a BMS thats interested in moving to a higher technical/more clinical role its definitely the right course for you. Pathology dept do grow your own STP placement too so I would speak to your training officer for some advice and possibly a grow your own position.

    Good luck =]
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    Well that's the interview overt with! They were all really friendly which made everything allot easier :-) do you think it will really take a whole month before we find out?
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    (Original post by cfptwenty)
    Well that's the interview overt with! They were all really friendly which made everything allot easier :-) do you think it will really take a whole month before we find out?
    We hear w/c 25th June for medical physics - which is nearly 2 months after the interview! I understand that this is the same for all the different specialisms.

    Just got to be patient...
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    God, poor medical physics people! You'd think they could start letting people know discipline by discipline as the interviews for that discipline ends. Weird!
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    Well that's the interview over and done with! No chance of success though as on one station I couldn't even answer the question! Came across as a right idiot! Others went ok-ish but nowhere near enough to pull up the marks from that one station!!
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    Hi,

    Is it true that the final outcome of our applications will be based on our online application, online tests, and interview?

    Thanks,

    K
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    (Original post by killermania)
    Hi,

    Is it true that the final outcome of our applications will be based on our online application, online tests, and interview?

    Thanks,

    K
    Hi, yes they confirmed this via the Facebook and also after the interview. X
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    Hi,

    Yes, I suppose that if you go down in area maybe you can make up for it in another area, that's probably the general logic behind it? What did you think of interview allenstre?
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    Well.. I am thankful that is over! I studied completely the wrong material and I think they kinda figured that out today in the interview, I very much doubt I got a place although I pray that I have, otherwise I guess there is always next year!
    Was nice meeting the friendly people I met! Good luck everyone!
 
 
 
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