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Roisin Ryan
Posted by Roisin Ryan, 10 Jul 2017 2016 intake
My lovely buddy Jess from the 2017 intake made contact to ask me some questions about the scheme before she starts, and I couldn’t believe it had already been a year since I was in her position. I’m supposed to know things about the scheme now, well enough to be someone’s buddy?? Good thing giving advice and talking to people is what I do all day! I still have two months left at Derbyshire Community Health Services, but I’m sure it will absolutely fly by, and I’ll be moving house again fairly...
Craig Bage
Posted by Craig Bage, 10 Jul 2017 2016 intake
Yes the title is a clue, although I won’t be moving onto the property ladder anytime soon I will be looking to move around my region. I’m currently based in the North East and live in my hometown located in South Northumberland, but unfortunately home comforts will not be a thing for much longer. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear is probably, actually, certainly the nicest and most scenic part of England, a slight bit of bias thrown in there. It has it all; beaches, landscapes, castles, beautifu...
Rachel Argent
Posted by Rachel Argent, 28 Jun 2017 2015 intake
I am currently sat at a desk covered in balloons, sequins, cards and flowers. It must be the last day of my NHS graduate scheme placement. Either my colleagues are celebrating they’re seeing the back of me or that I’ve completed the graduate scheme and moving on to my first substantive post. I’m hoping the latter! Recently my cohort had our last experiential learning based on looking back and looking forwards, so I thought I’d use that as the structure for my final blog: Looking Back So ma...
Genevieve Ryan
Posted by Genevieve Ryan, 27 Jun 2017 2015 intake
It seems strange to summarise the entire two years of the grad scheme in a short post. I've now just transitioned into my first full time role off the scheme as the Planned Care Senior Commissioning Manager at Guildford and Waverley CCG. I've found myself talking a lot about the concept of community recently, both in work and my personal life. It seems that many of us are suffering from a sense of disconnection from those around us, a discrepancy between what we experience in our internal wo...
Bethany Carty
Posted by Bethany Carty, 20 Jun 2017 2016 intake
Recently, there’s been a real buzz on the scheme around interview days, assessment centres and so on. This has made me stop to think about my Grad Scheme journey, and how I ended up in the NHS! When I was in primary school, I wanted to be a dog, although I soon realised this wasn’t a very realistic career choice. But, as an animal lover, I was pretty determined to do something with animals, and decided I wanted to be a vet. However, this dream died a quick death, when my Mum pointed out that...