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    (Original post by Nat89)
    I think the best thing to do is try to phone them. If you ring the main switch board they should be able to put you through to the right people ... well eventually anyway, I rang Liverpool last week and eventually after repeating myself 3 times found out the person I needed was on annual leave, but the 3rd person was still very helpful with some things
    Thank you - gave me the courage to ring up! The person I need to speak to is on sick leave and they suggested at to back to the recruitment people to see if they have another contact name (the contact I had before doesn't work in the department I'll be working for anyway!).
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    I rang my trust last week and I'm not really any closer to knowing what's going on.
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    (Original post by newbie14)
    My post is in Nottingham with MSc in either Manchester or Birmingham (I don't know which yet!)

    I don't know anything about Nottingham, I currently live on the South Coast, does anybody have advice on where to live etc.?
    I spent the last 4 years in Nottingham and have been employed in their Trust for the Respiratory & Sleep Science Program.

    What hospital are you based at? University Hospital in Hucknall or Queens Medical Campus?
    I shall tell you the nicer areas to live in.

    Private message me if you like.

    Martin
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    O really? Did you get an offer straight away or were you on the reserve list too? Was Kent one of your other choices?
    Kensington seems like a nice area, so does Wavertree. I'd like to be the Hospital/Uni but I don't really want to be in a really busy studenty area, as will be pretty busy! I'm just trying to work out what areas to avoid, but that's the same with every city!

    (Original post by spam88)
    Nat89, very jealous that you're in Liverpool, that was my first choice, but I'm now going to be working in Kent - want to swap? Liverpool's great, and whilst there are some dodgy areas, it's not as bad as people might make out. For the Royal and uni, Kensington (known as Kenny) is within walking distance, and has a Tesco and loads of other shops and stuff. I lived there for two years and never had any problems If you're in Kensington fields there's lots of students around there, if you go a bit further into Kenny it's more families.
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    (Original post by newbie14)
    My post is in Nottingham with MSc in either Manchester or Birmingham (I don't know which yet!)

    I don't know anything about Nottingham, I currently live on the South Coast, does anybody have advice on where to live etc.?
    I'm from the South Coast too, so moving up to Liverpool, not know much about the place is quite scary, but it sounds / looks like its a great place to be.

    I haven't lived in Nottingham, but a couple of my friends went to Uni there, from what they've said I would avoid living in Clifton and St annes. Apparently Lenton is quite nice but very studenty, and Beeston is nice, and a good mix of student/family homes
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    Nat89, I was on the reserve list, so Kent wasn't one of my options. Certainly better than nothing though! Wavertree is the main student area in Liverpool (if you look at a map, all the roads of Smithdown Road are packed with students) so out of the two, Kensington would probably be a better option for you.
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    I'm going into the third year of my degree and I am looking at clinical physiology as a possible career option. Does anyone here know much about the career? I have looked at the NHS websites, and the STP pathway but are there people with experience applying to this role that can give me advice on how to best prepare?
    Thanks
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    Things are getting underway! I arranged my documents meeting and hopefully will have a start date organised for mid-September. VERY excited! How is everyone else getting on?
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    (Original post by Birdie88)
    Things are getting underway! I arranged my documents meeting and hopefully will have a start date organised for mid-September. VERY excited! How is everyone else getting on?
    I'm still waiting for the paperwork in the post. What is a document meeting?
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    I think it's just to make sure I filled everything in correctly because there were quite a few forms and a chance to see the lab and meet some important people. I think it's all going to be moving pretty quickly for everyone from now on.

    (Original post by zeropoint)
    I'm still waiting for the paperwork in the post. What is a document meeting?
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    I got an email through yesterday with my start date - 3rd September. I've done my ID checks and got my CRB, now just waiting to hear from the accommodation people!
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    Hi,

    I was wondering whether anyone who is going to be in Newcastle on the 6 week course in October / Novemeber has thought about what they are going to do with regards to accomodation (email received today) ?

    I was thinking about trying to get a short term let if anyone has thought about sharing for this block ?
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    (Original post by james41002786)
    Hi,

    I was wondering whether anyone who is going to be in Newcastle on the 6 week course in October / Novemeber has thought about what they are going to do with regards to accomodation (email received today) ?

    I was thinking about trying to get a short term let if anyone has thought about sharing for this block ?
    I'm up there for that block and looking for Accommodation, have been in contact with my Trust to ensure i get some funding for it. I have to wait till i recieved my starter pack through the post till the finance team will let me book up, so i think i will wait till then. I think i most likely will end up in that Euro Hostel Dorm.
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    Are there any medical physicists who would be happy to answer some questions for me?
    I'm a physics teacher looking to change careers and need a little advice on what path to take.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by nimmity)
    Are there any medical physicists who would be happy to answer some questions for me?
    I'm a physics teacher looking to change careers and need a little advice on what path to take.

    Thanks
    I'm just about to start training but I've spent six weeks now in a nuclear medicine department and can tell you that it's brilliant. Definitely a good career choice. Having to retrain for three years might put you off. There are people on here who've been medical physicists or trainees for a while so fire away and someone will answer!
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    Were you working in nuclear med or just visiting?
    Any suggestions for getting experience in departments to see what really goes on?

    In people's experience do medical physicists have much patient contact or is the work predominantly research based?
    I enjoyed the research in my masters but its not really my strong suit, I'm far more of a a people person.

    I don't mind retraining -in fact I'd quite like the academic challenge to get my teeth into.

    Could anyone on the scheme for medical physics share the course reading list please! I could do with some background reading. The a-level medical physics course I teach is a little out of date. I'm sure technology has come on a bit since our syllabus was written!
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    Hi nimmity, I'm just about to start the scheme so I probably can't help you too much, but I just wanted to share my experience. I did a year of teaching (that was more than enough time to decide it wasn't for me lol) straight after my degree and now I'm doing this. In terms of experience in departments, I arranged to visit a hospital in Cardiff, and then I went along to an open day that was held for applicants in Preston. That gave me plenty to talk about in my application and at interview. The Medical Physicists in Cardiff told me they do approximately half clinical and half research, but then this seemed quite different in Preston where they didn't seem to have an awful lot of patient contact. We don't have a reading list yet, but I'll post it when we get it
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    (Original post by nimmity)
    Were you working in nuclear med or just visiting?
    Any suggestions for getting experience in departments to see what really goes on?

    In people's experience do medical physicists have much patient contact or is the work predominantly research based?
    I enjoyed the research in my masters but its not really my strong suit, I'm far more of a a people person.

    I don't mind retraining -in fact I'd quite like the academic challenge to get my teeth into.

    Could anyone on the scheme for medical physics share the course reading list please! I could do with some background reading. The a-level medical physics course I teach is a little out of date. I'm sure technology has come on a bit since our syllabus was written!
    I'm working in a paid work experience place and I'll be training somewhere properly come September. I find nuclear medicine has a lot of patient contact but also plenty of chances for research both as your own physics research and as clinical trials. It's a really nice mix. I get the impression that radiotherapy physicists are usually further removed from patients. It depends on your specialism, hospital and even your specific job within this so you'll probably find a job with the right balance for you. I can't point you to any useful books, I'm afraid, maybe someone else can.
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    (Original post by mateyface)
    I'm working in a paid work experience place and I'll be training somewhere properly come September. I find nuclear medicine has a lot of patient contact but also plenty of chances for research both as your own physics research and as clinical trials. It's a really nice mix. I get the impression that radiotherapy physicists are usually further removed from patients. It depends on your specialism, hospital and even your specific job within this so you'll probably find a job with the right balance for you. I can't point you to any useful books, I'm afraid, maybe someone else can.
    Just out of curiosity, how did you get onto a paid work experience place? I'm looking into medical physics for when I graduate and would like some work experience for next summer at the end of my third year. There's a lot of talk on voluntary work experience on the Internet, but I'd like something paid if I could.
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    (Original post by heyimbored)
    Just out of curiosity, how did you get onto a paid work experience place? I'm looking into medical physics for when I graduate and would like some work experience for next summer at the end of my third year. There's a lot of talk on voluntary work experience on the Internet, but I'd like something paid if I could.
    The Christie do a few summer placements each summer. Advertised around May/June I think.
 
 
 
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