Here are a few items worth buying for FY1.

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Essential Purchases

🩺  Stethoscope:
A good quality stethoscope is essential to do your job & learn the different sounds. 

Recommended: Littmann Classic III S.E.
Cardiology IV isn't worth it unless after FY2 you choose to stay in a specialty that requires it (e.g. medical specialty or GP) at which point you can buy the latest model.

🖊️  Pens:
You will lose one a week so buy plenty. Avoid any pens that might leak (e.g. standard ballpoint pens) as they will leak in your pocket. 

Recommended: Any black pen will do but many like PaperMate
Consider the 4 colour pens for list organisation.

🔋 Power Bank:
Long hours means you will often run out of battery & so a power bank is essential. Having owned 20+, my favourites are Anker, EasyAcc or EC as they're all reliable, durable & fast. Pick the size that fits your bag. 

Recommended: Anker, EasyAcc or EC (filtered list)

Consider Purchasing

📕 Oxford Handbook for the Foundation Programme
Contains information much like this website. Usually comes free with a subscription to a defence organisation so ask them!

💳 Dual ID card holder
Between your hospital ID, access card, credit card & smart card it is often a good idea to have something that holds two cards. If you have an access card, consider a retractable lanyard.

📝 NHS Name Stamp
Handy for paper documentation. It provides clearly legible details & saves you time. 

📓 Diary Planner
Very useful to keep organised on leave, meetings, portfolio deadlines and social commitments. 

📋 Clipboard Storage Box
A clipboard can be helpful in non-paperless hospitals which heavily rely on referral forms - but you can always buy it at a later date if it is truly necessary. Or you could get a cheap clipboard.

🔨 Telescoping tendon hammer
They are never there on the ward when you need one. Great to keep in your bag in case you need it, but it'll be rare that you'll actually use it. 

🔦 Pen Torches
Useful to have particularly on nights. Patients often get upset when using your phone as they worry you're recording them. For checking reflexes you do need a narrower beam than your phone usually offers. 

Other items
  • Charging cables - I recommend braided & fast charge compatible. Whenever you sit down on a computer, just plug & charge your phone!
  • Headphones - for the commute. no specific ones recommended
  • Bike lock
  • Smart Tag (stops your key/bag getting lost): Nut or the more expensive Tile