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Craig Bage
Posted by Craig Bage, 27 Mar 2017 2016 intake
An odd title but rather quite relevant to the start of my Informatics journey, I found myself in a meeting when I was asked how boring my job must be and looking at graphs and numbers must send us to sleep! Anyone who is currently on the Informatics stream may feel the opposite of this, like myself… the interesting part is the detail behind the numbers and the data trends! Questions and discussions occur based on figures, often a clinician may be oblivious to their daily activity. So the abi...
Emma Sterling
Posted by Emma Sterling, 27 Mar 2017 2017 intake
It’s hard to believe I’m entering my last two weeks of my first placement already. As Policy trainees, we have the shortest first placement of 6 months. Although short, I’d say this placement has been as valuable as any other. I will be having my performance review with my line manager next week and in preparation for that, I’ve been having a good think about the things I will take away from this placement. For one, I’m starting to realise just how vast the NHS is. At the beginning of the pl...
Genevieve Ryan
Posted by Genevieve Ryan, 27 Mar 2017 Genevieve Ryan intake
I remember. I remember feeling so nervous that I couldn't eat much more than a bit of fruit for breakfast, and hadn't slept well the night before. Now I'll remember starting at 7:30 to set up for the candidates, but feeling relaxed and eating all the croissants on offer.I remember then the huge surprise I had when I first walked into the assessment day and saw a friendly face of someone I knew who was applying for the scheme being on the same assessment centre as me. I remember getting a hug...
Ashleigh Harvey
Posted by Ashleigh Harvey, 27 Mar 2017 Ashleigh Harvey intake
Where has the time gone? I feel like it was Christmas only yesterday and all of a sudden we are half way through March and Malteaster bunnies are sneaking into my lunchtime raid of Tesco. I think I speak for most of my fellow 2016 trainees when I say that the first few months of 2017 have been a bit of a blur. Working in an operational role, the knock on effects of Christmas and New Year hit hospitals really hard. During the weeks to follow, numerous site meetings were held daily to ensure p...
Leanne Ashmead
Posted by Leanne Ashmead, 16 Mar 2017 2016 intake
Recently, I’ve been inspired by the honesty of some of my fellow trainees’ blogs.  I reflected on my own blog posts and my Tweets and thought about whether I was giving a balanced account of my time on the Scheme.  I love sharing my positive energy for the scheme and the NHS, but I think there’s also a lot of benefit in sharing in good spirit the less glamourous moments, reflecting on those and sharing my learning.  So, I’m going to be brave and reveal a bit more about the exhilarating roll...