Applying for Jobs

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Now that you have passed PLAB and hopefully secured GMC registration, the next exciting process is actually getting a job. There are different ways in which you can apply for jobs and this depends on what kind of post you are after. For most people, the choices include Trust grade posts, training posts or RMO (Resident Medical Officer) posts.

Trust grade posts are those posts which are offered by hospital trusts to cover service gaps. In these posts you work at a particular level (e.g FY2/CT1) in the chosen specialty for as long as the trust requires your services. Although you have similar responsibilities as doctors in training, you do not have the opportunity to progress as such in these posts. However some doctors have been able to gather their evidence while working as trust grade doctors to progress into higher specialty training.

Applying for trust grade posts is a relatively easy and free process. All you need is a computer. Most relevant jobs are advertised on NHS jobs website or the NHS jobs Scotland website.

On this website, you can run a search for the kind of jobs you want and your preferred location. The application form has different sections including your demographic details, work experience, Training, references and supporting statement. These are relatively straightforward to fill out but you have to ensure that details and entered correctly. Usually after submitting one application, your profile is saved and you can use the same details for other applications and of course you can submit as many applications as you wish. Usually after the advert expires, if you are successful, you will be invited for an interview.

For training posts, the application platform and the process is slightly different. Firstly because most training posts are advertised around the same time, you’ll need to know the application window for the specialty you want. Secondly, training posts are usually advertised on the NHS Oriel website which is similar to the NHS jobs website in terms of the application process.

Details of the specialty training application process will be discussed in future posts.

The other kinds of available jobs such as the RMO (Resident Medical Officer) jobs can be found on job websites via a google search. There are also some agencies that specialize solely on employing RMOs.

Whichever path you decide to tread, there appears, these days, to be a lot of opportunities out there for doctors to progress in their careers.Many people start out as trust grade doctors and then go on to training posts, others apply directly into training posts after completing their GMC registration process. There is no right or wrong way, it just depends on preferences and personal circumstances. The most important thing is that you enjoy your own journey.

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