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    Thats good to know.
    Its just hard when there were only 7 posts available to start with and Leeds said all those interviewed had PhDs. But maybe London are looking for something a little different...
    Thanks
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    Hello people im new to this thread i have ainterview cming up in portsmorth for a audiology post that will fund my Msc and I am feeling very NERVOUS about it what kind of questions do they ask are alot of technical based eg asking about the ear how it works or how to do a hearing tests any help will be very appreciated.
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    (Original post by john101)
    Hello people im new to this thread i have ainterview cming up in portsmorth for a audiology post that will fund my Msc and I am feeling very NERVOUS about it what kind of questions do they ask are alot of technical based eg asking about the ear how it works or how to do a hearing tests any help will be very appreciated.
    Hi John, I think each post is different, but for my interview there weren't any technical questions at all. I think it was more about getting a feel for you and what your motivations are, and how well you had researched the training and subsequent career path. My advise would be to read up on the (rather complicated) training structure, how it has changed / will be changing etc. Make sure you can hold a conversation about the subject really, without having to be able to get too technical. And *definitely* make sure you have some site visits under your belt. Good luck.
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    Question for people that have been offered Audiology positions: where are you up to now, with regards HR and form-filling etc? I've had my HR pre-employment appointment, but since then it's all gone a bit quiet...

    EDIT: I'm wondering if all the talk of public sector cuts and NHS changes is going to have an affect on these training positions?
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    Hello everyone,

    I've been following this thread with interest for a while and thought I'd sign up so I could join in

    This message will be very specific to Audiology, but may have some relevance for other clinical scientist roles...

    I went to the University of Southampton open day last Saturday, and had the chance to talk to the admissions tutor for the Audiology department there. He said there may well be changes afoot with these training schemes, although he didn't know all the facts as yet - the powers that be have not decided on/told people the new format. It's thought that the current system might be changed to 'amalgamate' the MSc and the training post, in place of the somewhat clunky system in place now. However, how this will affect funding and where training and MSc teaching will take place is not clear yet...

    The Audiology Secretary at Southampton says that "a meeting is being held soon to discuss the course content/structure etc so we will update the website when more has been decided". Assuming applications are to be made from November-ish onwards, we should hear in the not-too-distant future.

    How I wish I'd decided to change my career sooner and take up a nice, comfy, NHS-funded postgrad diploma!! :rolleyes:

    I hope this is helpful info. If I have any other communication from Southampton I'll post it here, but I suspect University websites may be as good a place as any to get updates.

    Bye for now! :p:
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    (Original post by Panthea)
    This message will be very specific to Audiology, but may have some relevance for other clinical scientist roles...
    .... It's thought that the current system might be changed to 'amalgamate' the MSc and the training post, in place of the somewhat clunky system in place now. However, how this will affect funding and where training and MSc teaching will take place is not clear yet...
    Hi, welcome, and thanks for info! I wonder if this would impact students enrolled/enrolling for the scheme now? When I went to my interivew I asked about potential problems with funding given the pending cuts. The person interviewing said that they had delayed sending invitiations until they had made sure that the funding was secure - but i suppose that wouldn't mean that the scheme couldn't be changed in some way in an efficiency drive.... :confused:
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    Hello there, thank you for the welcome

    That's a good question, and I can understand your concern - things are so unstable at the moment what with funding issues and no job security...scary times.

    However, I am pretty sure that this year's intake won't be (negatively) affected, as the funds and other resources will already have been put aside. This year's intake of BSc/Diploma/MSc students are also highly unlikely to be affected by the changes. Like you, though, I wonder if any positive changes will filter down to current and new trainees/students? Hmm, wait and see, I suppose! I will keep my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly for all concerned
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    Hi again, I'm thinking of getting some work experience this summer to strengthen my application next year but I don't know where to begin. What would you recommend I do?
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    Find out all the local service providers in your area that practice the particular area you are interested in (which could included private as well as public sector), and give them a call. They'll more than likely have had requests to get experience with them before, so I wouldn't be shy!
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    Service providers? Do you mean clinics and hospitals etc?
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    Hey all, I was told that from next year (2011 entry) the Part I and Part II training, currently four years in total, will be amalgamated into a single 3-year training scheme somehow incorporating the MSc. Good news for future applicants, bad news for the people like me who have got a place on a Part I training scheme this year, as the two schemes will qualifying trainees at the same time (in the last/first year), so there will be competition for jobs. I hope they find some way to not unfairly disadvantage us that have trained for an extra year when we come to look for jobs at the end?
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    (Original post by graveyarddreams)
    Hi again, I'm thinking of getting some work experience this summer to strengthen my application next year but I don't know where to begin. What would you recommend I do?
    Definitely get some experience! that's what I did last year, and got a place this year. Try and get a long experience placement so that you get more experience, and try and get to 'have a go' at some stuff (supervised of course!).

    Are you still at university? I asked a friend doing Medical Physics BSc for the email address of a lecturer that might work in a hospital as a Medical Physicist, emailed that guy, then he sent the email onto some relevant people in the local hospitals. One of these then got in touch with me, and then gave me a placement. (the second hospital ignored the email, but I later emailed them directly after I had 2 months experience at the first and they let me do some observation with them!)

    Remember in this world, its not WHAT you know, but WHO you know that makes things like this happen!
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    (Original post by AnnEE21)
    Hey all, I was told that from next year (2011 entry) the Part I and Part II training, currently four years in total, will be amalgamated into a single 3-year training scheme somehow incorporating the MSc. Good news for future applicants, bad news for the people like me who have got a place on a Part I training scheme this year, as the two schemes will qualifying trainees at the same time (in the last/first year), so there will be competition for jobs. I hope they find some way to not unfairly disadvantage us that have trained for an extra year when we come to look for jobs at the end?
    Don't forget that budgets are getting drastically cut now. Chances are the number of new trainees is going to be severely cut next year, it's one of the easiest ways to cope with a smaller budget. And besides, that extra year is an extra year's worth of experience whichever way you look at it, it's bound to give trainees in the old system a competitive advantage over trainees in this new system.
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    People with interviews for London micro have been contacted.
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    Ok, thanks
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    Hi where do we apply for the training schemes?
    Is there a website?...
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    (Original post by Cortex2010)
    Hi where do we apply for the training schemes?
    Is there a website?...
    https://www.nhsclinicalscientists.in...ment/index.xsp

    The vacancies for 2011 jobs will appear in the autumn (October I think).
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    Hello again everyone,

    I have just been reading the document about Modernising Scientific Careers, and thought I'd share it with you. It sets out proposals for Healthcare Scientist training (which I suppose is the title that will replace Clinical Scientist), and doesn't look like it's all bad news...

    http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Aboutus/Chie...icer/DH_086661

    (Download the document Modernising Scientific Careers: The UK Way Forward).

    I hope that might be of interest to you. Although it doesn't seem like it's been finalised yet, I suspect this is the way things will go as many universities are now going over to the Healthcare Science degree rather than degrees in the different specialisms.

    What about funding? Not sure as yet...watch this space!
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    Thought people may be interested in this Medical Physics trainee Clinical Sci post in Portsmouth, that's on the NHS website:

    http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/cgi-bin/vacde...tion=912511815
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    I have a question for you all. Does anyone know where I can find out more about what the opportunities are for working abroad having trained as a clinical scientist in this country? (specifically Europe, and more specifically France). I've spent all morning trawling the internet but not been able to find any info so far.
 
 
 
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