THE NHS FINANCESDoH – requires 4% efficiency savings per yearMonitor – figure nearer to 6-7%Never been done in history of NHS£20 billion of savings by 20154500 fewer nurses compared with 2 years ago9% less management44% of nurses thinking of leaving the NHS? End of NHS terms and conditions
HOT TOPICSPayment by ResultsCRES, budgets, service redesignFoundation TrustsEquity and Excellence: Liberating the NHSCommissioning and CCGsNew Ways of WorkingQIPP, CQUIN, Darzi, PROMsRevalidation/ShipmanModernising Medical Careers
BASIC CV AND APPLICATION TIPSSpell check your CVProof-reading You cannot proof-read your own writing Find someone with English as their first language Ideally someone who proof-reads a lot of CVsCheck grammar and tenses
SPELLCHECKERS STRUGGLE WITH…Incorrect homonyms Where, were, we‟reAccidental pluralsMissing wordsMedical terminologyIncorrectly placed words, spelt correctlyE.g.Should I have a coma in the middle of this sentence?I spent a great deal of time doing revision after sex years I passed the MRCPsych
THE PROBLEM IS?I was involved in the collection of data from 200 patients who attended the out-patient clinics over the previous 12 months, including BP, Renal function, HbA1c, Medications, their eye conditions and foot complications. I then analysed the data compared with the Diabetic Task Force recommendations. Our aim was to detect problems in management related to Diabetic complications and we suggested improvements in the area of investigations and follow-up. We proposed to close Audit cycle after 6 months by re-auditing after suggestions had been implemented.
CAPITALISATION OVERUSECommon mistake after poor spell checking and poor grammarOnly capitalise proper nouns, first word of new sentences and titles when used with a name so „Dr. Smith‟ is capitalised „…the doctor will see you now‟ is notIn title (publications) you can capitalise all words except articles (a, an, the) prepositions under five letters (in, of, to) co-ordinating conjunctions (and, but)
CV WRITINGBe wary of non-medical website and organisation advice on CV writingThey do not always apply to medical CVsMedical CVs Are often long than two pages Contain more free text Have significant additional subheadings such as audit and research
INTERVIEW PREPARATIONBe prepared to do about 10-20 hours readingMost can be done online NHS white papers and recent reforms (NHS website) Good Medical Practice (GMC) Royal College papers e.g. NWoW National Service Framework AOMRC – NHS finance BMJ Careers Recent journals, newspapers & news websites
“COME AND HAVE A LOOK AROUND” Aim: To display interest and glean the issues that are important to the Trust Chief executive Medical director Clinical director Service manager Personnel department Others on the interview panel
EXERCISESYou are the Trust Chief Executive. Why would you want to employ a Consultant?What are you going to want for your money?What do you want the Consultant to do?What questions will you ask at the interview?
THE INTERVIEWExpect a panel of 10-12 members Will include a lay chairperson University representative College representativeKnow your own CVExpect one or two questions from each memberAddress response to the questioner mostly
INTERVIEW PRESENTATIONKeep to time if invited to presentAdvisable not to have a talk written out „word for word‟PowerPoint is your prompt not whole talkBe prepared to answer questionsRemember a significant proportion of the panel may not be doctors
STANDARD QUESTIONSWhy should we give you this job?What qualities make a good psychiatrist?How would you take a good service to greatness?What do you know of clinical governance?How would you deal with a colleague who turned up for work drunk?How is research relevant to psychiatry?What would you bring to this unit?
MORE TAXING OPEN QUESTIONSTell us of a recent triumph/disappointment?Do you think the increased spending on the NHS has been put to good use?What is your management style?What‟s wrong with undergraduate education?Tell us about a mistake you have made and what you learnt from itHow will you improve the interface with GPs?
MORE ESOTERIC QUESTIONSHow would your appointment raise the profile of this Trust?What is your main weakness?What makes you angry?If you were in a play, what part would you act?If you got hit by a bus on leaving the interview, how would you wish to be remembered?
„TAKE US THROUGH YOUR CV‟Sell yourself – the message and your positive pointsOrganise and structure: Clinical, Academic, Management, PersonalBe personal – your personal story not just a list of bullet pointsDon‟t simply concentrate on facts – talk about what you observed, what you liked, how it influenced you, etc.
ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONSDon‟t prepare an answer for every question you might get asked It is obvious if you are reciting a script You can‟t prepare every possible questionHave an idea what you are going to sayBe prepared to improvisePractice speaking fluently about the topics you have read
ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONSNot too short, not too longStrong structure e.g. „I feel I have three main strengths‟Announce your message and then expandSubstantiate your answersBe personal – use „I‟ instead of „we‟Give examples
END OF THE INTERVIEWOpportunity to ask questions of the panelYou can use this time to clarify something that you have saidDo not use it to negotiate salary, leave or conditions!It is fine to say “I have no questions”Exit via the exit and not into a broom cupboard
CONCLUSIONSEssential to know the hot topics, buzzwords, current trends, etc.For a professional and effective CV, layout can almost be as important as contentGet someone else to look at your CVPrepare for your interview Meet the right people Read the right informationPrepare answers to a range of question Don‟t just try to memorise answers Structure