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    Enfield9 - I didn't get it last year so not sure I am the perfect person to give advice but if you don't get it I think you may be able to train as a clinical scientist in diagnostic companies too, so you could try that. Obviously you can reapply again the following year (as I am doing) and in that time I imagine getting any micro experience (mainly diagnostic stuff would be best) would be good. They may have been saying it last year to soften the fact that I didn't get but it seems that the London micro posts have some pretty amazing candidates. So get ready to explain why you applied for biochem posts too and, if you haven't done already, visit some hospital labs. For the interview it is important you have a good knowledge of what being a clinical scientist entails so definitely spend some time chatting to one. Hope that helps!
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    Fredd Did you actually email London this year to ask if they shortlisted yet? When I emailed them over a month ago they said they would send interview invitations at the end of April the latest... so i don't know..
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    Hi Hitachi2000 - no I haven't contacted them but may do now. I just don't want to seem pushy about it!
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    Fredd: thanks a lot bro. this is one massive helping hand.all the very best to you as well
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    Hey ClinSciWanaB,

    Was your interview today? How did it go? Hope it went well - I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.
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    Hiya,

    I got the Oxford position!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How did your friends do?

    Thank you so much for your help and support! xx
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    Wow! That's amazing - so happy for you. I haven't heard from them so don't know yet. When did they let you know? So I take it you're definitely accepting? xx
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    yes I definitely am accepting!! They rang my house phone at 2.30pm but I wasn't home and then rang my mobile at about 3.15pm. I can't wait to start!

    xx
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    That's so exciting. I'm the same; it seems like such a long way until the start in September. You must be so happy now too that you can give up your PhD. It was obviously meant to be. xx
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    Hi, has anyone else heard from/applied to any histocompatibility & immunogenetics posts?
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    Hi Anna Angel! Gutted you didnt get the job! I was told I mist out to one person for Audiology! They told me they had to think about who they want between us! anyway it dosent matter how close I was, its still the same outcome ie no job offer!
    Can you shed a bit of light on what CCC is and how it differs to the main thing? There is another chance to apply in JUne isnt there?

    and can anyone tell me what one would do at audiology depratment visits ? time, what you saw etc.. I think thats a part I need to actually do before the next round!
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    Sambo, also sorry to hear about you too. I think if they still have posts to fill then they're available in the summer. Between now and then I'd visit a few departments.When I visited them they were usually for 1-2 hours, though arranging something longer would also be great. Managed to look around, chat to clinical scientists and see the odd hearing aid fitting etc. Asked lots of questions about equipment/tests/ kind of patients they see etc.

    In my interview, I was asked what I learned from the visits- so I said things such as how I didn't realise that it wasn't all just hearing tests, and how theres also lots of vestibular things. Also was honest and said that I also hadn't realised that fitting a hearing aid was so technical(!). Then compared the different departments- a small one which covered a massive area of Wales compared with a massive department which was quite specialised. It's nice if you can get visits to a few different kinds of departments.

    You can find out a bit more about the CCC on the universities websites- basically you study the MSc, and the uni pay the fees. You may also be entitles to a small NHS bursary to help with living expenses. After the MSc year, the Uni pay you in the region of £13,000 to train there and at the end of it all you can apply for band 5 Audiology posts. Hope this helps a bit.
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    Hey guys, its been a while since I've posted on this. Not that many of you would be too bothered as I'm the only haematology candidate! lol
    Anyway I have for some time now resigned myself to the fact I have been unsuccessful in all my applications...so yesterday I emailed the 4 labs to ask why? I've got one reply from London to say I was in the top 30 but not top 15 so I wasn't shortlisted. The other 3 haven't got back to me yet but just after I read the email from London the postman dropped a letter through the door. I went to get the letters and seen a stamp on the back of a letter...manchester royal infirmary....so I've been called to interview on the 23rd of june!!!
    Very happy about that and I guess I've still got to hear from the other two! Great date too, it means I can concentrate on my finals and then i've got 2weeks to prepare!
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    misanthopic- congrats on the interviews, that's great news! They're much later than the rest, so it's nice that it was good news. Fingers crossed for the other ones too. Good luck with the interview, hope it goes well, and keep us informed!!
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    Hi NorthLondon,

    Have you heard from your friends?

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    Yeah, the one who really wanted it didn't get it and the one that might leave after a year did. What's even more annoying now though is that she has applied for other things too but has told the hospital that she wants it and if she gets the other things she's going to pull out. The trouble is that the interview for one of the other things isn't until the beginning of june so I guess she may not hear until mid-june and if she gets it they will have to go through the whole recruitment process again. It really has made me angry, especially since my other friend was told se was first reserve but has now been told everyone accepted their offers so she doesn't have it.
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    OMG how can she do that???!! Does she have no conscience?!

    Are you sure they'll have to go through the recruitment process again if she pulls out? Won't they just phone your other friend, as she is first reserve?

    No wonder you're annoyed- I'm annoyed and I don't even know the girls!
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    I know, it's completely ruined our friendship because I can't believe she's acting like this, especially when she is also friends with the other girl.

    I'm not sure about the whole recruitment stuff - the other one was told no and that it was now the end of the whole process. I guess if she drops out people may have to apply through the clearing system, in which case I would assume my other friend has a good chance but I don't know how it works. It's annoying because my friend wants to ask because she thinks there is a high chance our other 'friend' will drop out but obviously can't due to the circumstances.
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    Hey guys - a 2 part question!

    1(i) The successful trainee clinical scientists get paid £24,100 per annum ok? So is that for the contracted 37.5 hours a week only or is 24.1k the cap even if we work 50-60 hours a week (which i'm sure will happen)?

    (ii) And do we get a paid extra every year as we progress through band 6 or do we just stay at 24.1k through the training period?

    Ps. I only ask to know not because its my main priority!
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    Congrats to all those who have places/interviews. I've just heard that I will be based in Manchester which is what I wanted so I'm pleased.

    RE the salary. I would assume that the salary (I've been told £24.8k) will rise each year as presumably we will make some progress through band 6. I would also expect that the salary will stay the same regardless of the number of hours worked. I don't think there will be any overtime pay. However I'm assuming that extra hours worked will mostly be private study in the evenings and that lab hours will be fairly regular. It will be tough though working all day in the lab and then doing MSc work in the evenings. Does anyone know if we will have to write essays etc. I know the Clin Biochem course in Manchester is assessed by exams in the 1st year and the project report in the 2nd, but will there be other assessments too. It's been so long since I took a written exam - I hope I can still do it!!

    I'm really looking forward to it though. I've spent 9 years doing narrowly focussed research so it will be good to study more broadly again.

    By the way, has anyone else having technical problems with this thread. A couple of weeks ago it was 20 pages long, then it dropped to 18 pages and now its climbed back to 20. I also seemed to have missed some replies as I can't follow some of the conversations!
 
 
 
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