03 Aug 2017
I’ve been struggling to think of a topic for a blog post for a little while now, but last night, inspiration struck as I sat crossed-legged on my living room floor, in my pyjamas, eating take away noodles from a shop called ‘Wok’s Next?’
Whilst I don’t quite understand the marketing strategy behind a noodle shop named ‘Wok’s Next?’ it did get me thinking about ‘What’s next?’ for me on the NHS Graduate Scheme.
I’m (rather scarily!!) in my final few weeks of my first placement of Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust. I’ve really enjoyed being a part of a Community Trust. It has opened my eyes to the variety of services provided by the NHS, and has provided me with a comprehensive understanding about the pressures faced by those services.
In the run up to my last day (August 18th), I’ve got a lot going on. I’ll be tying up any loose ends at work, handing in four assignments for my PG Dip in Healthcare Leadership, going on holiday to Disneyland Paris, saying goodbye to Liverpool, packing up my flat and heading back up to the North East, and I’ll also be turning twenty-two.
In September, I’ll be starting my flexible placement with Deloitte as a Healthcare Management Consultant. I’m looking forward to getting experience in the private sector, and also to gaining exposure to NHS organisations in different areas of the country. I’m hoping consultancy will be well-suited to me, as I tend to learn best through observation, and I like a lot of variety in my work.
Then, at the end of October, I’ll be cramming all my worldly possessions into my inappropriately sized Mini Cooper, and journeying to Manchester, where, hopefully I will have found somewhere to live. Manchester will be the home to my final placement, the Manchester Royal Infirmary. I was keen to secure a placement at the MRI, as it is committed to developing its staff, and even runs its own, internal graduate programmes. I’ll be joined by two of my fellow North West Graduate trainees, so it’ll also be nice to have that additional support network.
At the MRI, I will be taking up a role as Associate Directorate Manager of Urology. I’m excited to step into this role, as I know I’ll like the fast-paced, high-pressure environment of a hospital, but I’m a little apprehensive as it’s very, very different from my current role in a Community Trust. I have no doubt it will be a very steep learning curve, but I know it will also give me invaluable operational experience, which I will definitely need when I look to applying for jobs at the end of the scheme (another scary thought).
It’s quite comforting to know that my life is (sort of) sorted for the next few months, although I can’t believe how quickly the past year has gone, and I have no doubt these coming months will fly over. On that note, I just want to wish the 2017 Intake the best of luck with their first placements. Try your very best to make the most of them, and if you have any questions, or queries don’t hesitate to contact a 2016 Grad, as they’ll be more than happy to help!
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