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very nearly my best job ever
very challanging environment with many senior consultants and managers. it was nice to feel that everyone (doctors or admin people) were -pretty much- at the same level.
a lot of support when needed but mostly a laissai-faire approach
as always there were quiter and busier days but if you wanted to get involved in projects there was always the opportunity to.
by the end of it i was actively involved in decision making and feel like i have been given enough opportunities for my type of role.
no doubt these skills are priceless
very relaxed and friendly yet strict and professional on occasions
not much of a structure. made it up as we were going along which was good in a way as i was responsible for my own development
considering this was supposed to be a 12-months placement i benefitted from a variety of training courses and workshops and ultimately had my contract extended for another 4 months to see through some projects i'd started
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
difficult times ahead for the public sector and the NHS. saying that i have been advised that it would be better for me to join the NHS graduate scheme rather than returning straight to the SHA. they were impressed and happy with my work, extended my contract and were willing to take me onboard after graduating but suggested the graduate scheme would be a more round opportunity for me
i was the only placement student (the first they ever took onboard) but there were always opportunities to socialise whether that would be going for a drink or playing football.
unfortunately cost of living and level of salary meant that i had to be careful not to socialise too much
workplace was far away from the centre with the nearest pub about 2miles away
a fair amount
Placement Year (10 Months+)
15th April 2014