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Emma Sterling
Posted by Emma Sterling, 12 Feb 2019 2017 intake
My last GMTS blog entry was almost two years ago. I’d say that is a testament to how engrossed I was in my second-year placements, studies, essays and eventually job hunting. I’ve since left the scheme and achieved a full-time post in NHS England’s Strategy Group. I’ve worked on a number of challenging projects including project management for the National Test Beds programme and policy work in the EU Transition Team.Reflecting on my time as a trainee, I’m fortunate to have lots of highlights...
Chloe Norton
Posted by Chloe Norton, 25 Jan 2019 2017 intake
Hello again, and Happy New Year!I was reflecting back on my Flexi-placement this morning, and had to fill out the trainee feedback for it, which asked a lot of questions around personal development, hence the topic of this blog!As part of the graduate scheme, you will be constantly learning during all your placements. You will be learning professional skills and behaviours that will equip you for a life in the workplace. However it is also crucial that you carve out some time for personal dev...
Joanna Millward
Posted by Joanna Millward, 25 Jan 2019 2018 intake
So we’re into 2019 and I’m officially stuck into the scheme and my first placement which means I’ve just about got my head around how things work now. The first 3 months have been a complete whirlwind - filled with 20 days of orientation, various inductions, university days, assignments, EGA residential, experiential learning residential, IAG’s, ALS groups… and that’s before you even look at work on placement! So I thought it might be handy to have a blog about what you can expect in your fir...
Alexandra Starks
Posted by Alexandra Starks, 25 Jan 2019 2017 intake
Since the last time I wrote a GMTS blog, I’ve started – and finished! – my flexi placement.For my flexi, I spent eight weeks in the Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries Unit (MCPE) at the Department of Health and Social Care.I had some other options lined up, but due partially to logistics and partially to my desire to see health policy in action, even if second-hand, I accepted DHSC’s offer and went off to MPCE.I’m so glad I made the decision I did.During my flexi I did exactly no...
Rachel Coldbeck
Posted by Rachel Coldbeck, 19 Dec 2018 2017 intake
In this blog post I thought I might do an acronym quiz. Acronyms are really common in the NHS and often used without clarification. The crucial thing to remember is that acronyms can have multiple meanings dependent on where you work. Acronym quiz: BPD CQC RTT HEE E+D CQUIN IAPT PICU DTOC CCG Answers: I often see the acronym BPD in place of borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness and is commonly referred to as a disorder...