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Maximise Points for Specialty Applications

With the recent removal of additional degrees counting for points towards all specialty applications for 2023 recruitment, it’s now even more important to build one’s portfolio to maximise points for specialty applications. How can you prioritise the easiest to obtain points? How can you do this without being frustrated by the tickbox exercise? Find something

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Junior Doctor Pay Calculator

We’ve created a junior doctor pay calculator which will help you better understand your salary, how much tax you’ll pay, student loans & contributions to NHS pensions. Top Finance Tips Locums are a great way to earn some extra money. Check out our page on the best way to find locums. Make sure you claim

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Safeguarding History – The Basics

Children are vulnerable. Unfortunately, child abuse does happen, and it has a significant and lifelong impact. You may be one of the only professionals to have sufficient access to the child to identify concerns. As such you have the responsibility to be knowledgeable of safeguarding issues and best practices for keeping children safe. This article

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NHS Pension Scheme (2015)

This article is supplementary to the webinar on the same subject, which you might find extremely useful as we were joined by Andrew, a pensions expert from Wesleyan. We also address the very important question, “Should I leave the NHS pension scheme?” What is a pension? A pension scheme is a tax-efficient way of saving

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Junior Doctor Contract explained

In the UK, there are different contracts for each of the different regions: Northern Ireland, Scotland, England & Wales. For England, the latest update is in 2018 & it is worth making sure you’re aware of the changes from the 2016 version. Before you start work, you should receive an adapted personal version of this

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Payslips & Income Tax

Each month, your pay and any deductions will be summarised to you in the form of a payslip. You should check your payslip every month to ensure you’re not being overtaxed or underpaid. Pay extra attention when you’re switching rotations or doing locum shifts as this is when issues commonly arise.

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Claiming Tax Relief

This article is about claiming tax relief on essential things for your job. Understanding pay & tax is covered in a separate article. It is important to claim as it is a significant sum of money – 20% back on GMC, MDU/MPS, BMA fees and others (40% if you earn more than £50,000). If your total

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Understanding Types of Homes

Patients may live or be discharged to a wide variety of social care settings and understanding these is important for any foundation doctor. This can help you have conversations with patients and their families about the services the patient may already have in place on admission or will have on discharge. If you’re looking to

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Reviewing and Requesting Bloods

Here we focus on blood tests requests for a variety of common scenarios you might see in practice and also common further tests you may do as a result of the first abnormality. When ordering blood tests remember three rules Only do investigations which change your management You are responsible for reviewing or handing over

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Requesting scans

Requesting scans can be a scary daily occurrence for new doctors. It is one of few times where you liaise directly with a consultant. Introduction When requesting scans, there are two simple questions you have to ask yourself: Why have I been asked to request this particular scan for this particular patient? How will it

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