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I really enjoyed my placement, I was given a variety of tasks to complete during the 9 months which allowed me to develop my skill set. I enjoyed going to work everyday and meeting new people, everyone was very happy to help and worked as a team. The team offered advice about options post graduation and what I should consider.
I felt valued by the team on a daily basis, I completed any tasks asked of me, even if they where not the most exciting tasks, but added variety to the role . I also did daily office tasks, which meant that other staff didn't have to do them which saved them time.
My supervisor gave me great support during my placement, he was willing to help me at any point with anything I needed. If there was anything I needed to do or he thought would help me he would put it in place, He helped me with tasks that I had to complete for my course which was very supportive.
Generally on a daily basis I was busy, if however I was too busy my supervisor or colleague would be happy to help me and take on any tasks I needed help with. Colleagues where also very helpful if I had any questions about the tasks I had been asked to do. Overall I would have enough tasks to complete daily.
I was given some responsibility in my placement, I was responsible for some tasks during the month end process which after the first month where not checked by anyone else, so therefore I was trusted to be providing correct information, I was also given responsibility for tasks around the office, I did not feel I overwhelmed by the responsibility.
I feel that completing a placement in the NHS helped me to develop many new skills which will definitely help me in my studies as I feel I am now able to manage my time better and I am more confident talking to new people and my communications skills have improved.
The atmosphere in the office was very focused as everyone would be concentrating on their tasks that they needed to complete. However everyone was always willing to help each other if they where stuck on anything. Everyone was very encouraging towards my placement and if I needed anything they where always willing to help.
I was the first placement student they had in the department so everyone was new to the experience however we set up at the start what I wanted to gain from the placement, and my manager was willing to support me in anything that I needed. If there was anything I would have wanted to change about my placement I feel that I would have been supported in doing so.
They where always willing to teach me new things, whether it be new skills on systems I already knew how to use or showing me how to use a new system all together, If I had any questions anyone in the office would be willing to help me if I had any problems. I was also part of launching new system which added to the other systems I had used.
Very appealing, although there are no graduate schemes on a local level I will apply for the NHS graduate scheme as I felt like it was a good place to work which I enjoyed. I feel that being a part of the scheme would help me to continue to learn new things which I think is important. I would also look at entry level positions as well.
I was the only placement student in the department, however I attended the trusts christmas party and had drinks with the team when I left. However if this is something you would not enjoy you would not have been pressured to go. It would be good if there had been other placement students to socialise with.
Liverpool is a pretty reasonable in terms of cost of living I would say.
Liverpool's nightlife is very good.
Not to many opportunities however there where some.
Placement (5-9 Months)
27th September 2015