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Highly engaging, our healthcare blogs delve into the world of healthcare careers. So, whether you need some CV pointers, want to ace your next interview or simply want to explore what it’s like working in a related profession, our blog is a great resource.
How to develop your nursing career
Whatever your nursing specialism, there are many opportunities and resources available to enhance and develop your career.What is a typical nursing career path?The NHS banding system allows nurses to see their progression, from entry-level staff nurse roles, up to senior staff nurse, advanced nurse practitioner and director of nursing positions.Each band will offer more responsibility and nurses will be paid accordingly.There are many other ways to progress your career beyond the linear approach – for example, you may wish to move into specific areas, or you could choose to work in community. What training is available to help nurses develop their careers? Training is vital and you will be assessed on this as part of your registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). All nurses are required to undertake 35 hours of relevant continuing professional development (CPD) in the three-year period between registration and renewal. There are many different types of training available; statutory training is required by law (such as basic risk assessment or manual handling) and mandatory training is determined by your employer to ensure the safe delivery of services. This could include areas such as infection prevention and control, mental capacity and safeguarding or hand hygiene. The Royal College of Nursing has a helpful article on their website which explains more about different training opportunities available for nurses. Can I use networking to boost my nursing career?Networking is a great way to develop your career and can improve your learning and knowledge. You may choose to use online platforms such as LinkedIn to communicate with others or attend workshops, conferences and job fairs to meet likeminded nurses and build relationships.How can I make the most of community nursing roles? Working in an NHS role is a great way to build experience, but you can also develop nursing skills through sabbaticals and secondments; you could work within care homes, schools, community settings or prisons. Making the most of different opportunities will allow you to improve skills in different ways – making you a more accomplished nurse practitioner.Can agency nursing jobs develop my career? As an agency nurse, you can move into different settings in and out of the NHS to give you broader experience and knowledge. This will not only help you improve your skills but also identify the aspects of nursing that you enjoy the most.To find out how to develop your career, get in touch with your Sanctuary consultant.
How to start a career in nursing
Playing a vital role, nurses can expect a rewarding career. We explore the different routes into the profession and the variety of roles available.What skills do I need to be a nurse? The following skills will be expected from nursing practitioners: Empathy Flexibility Good communication (particularly listening) Multi-tasking Observant Patience Team player Do I need a degree to work as a nurse in the UK? Yes, you will need a nursing degree. Before starting your training, you will need to choose your preferred specialism; adult, children, mental health or learning disability. Each has its own clinical decision-making skills and technical expertise. Nursing degrees are vocational – you can expect to spend half of your time on placements in clinical settings, working directly with patients. Nursing is a hugely popular choice for higher education because more than 90% of nurses are employed within six months of graduation. Can I qualify as a nurse via an apprenticeship? Nursing apprenticeships were launched in 2017 as an alternative route into the profession. They were designed to make nursing careers accessible as your employer will fund them. They offer structured training and are nationally recognised, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). There are two types of apprenticeship available; • Nursing Associate (Level 5) • Nursing Degree (Level 6) The NHS Jobs website is the best place to look for apprenticeship opportunities. Will I get paid to train as a nurse? To recognise the impact that nurses have and the vital role that they play within the NHS, nursing students can benefit from financial support of between £5-£8k a year.What types of nursing roles are available? Nursing as a profession is incredibly varied. You could work in hospitals, community settings, private healthcare settings, schools or even within the prison service. You may choose to provide support to those with learning disabilities or specialise in mental health care. Each type of nursing job role has its dedicated specialisms. For example, if you work in a hospital you may work on busy wards, or you could work as a theatre or neonatal nurse. At Sanctuary, we recruit for a wide range of nursing jobs across many different settings throughout the UK. How do I register as a nurse? To work as a nurse in the UK you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC is responsible for ensuring that standards are upheld throughout the profession. How much can I expect to earn as a nurse? Pay scales are rewarded through the banding system – the higher your band, the more you can expect to get paid. Newly qualified nurses will start at the bottom of band 5 and their starting salary will be approximately £24k per year. At very senior levels (bands 7 to 8c), salaries can range from £37k to £73k. You can choose to work in permanent employment, or you could benefit from the flexibility of bank staff or agency nursing. For more information and resources on starting a nursing career, please visit our careers hub.
Tell me about yourself...
If you are experienced at interviews, you’ll know that there’s nothing more ambiguous than being asked the question “Tell me more about yourself…” One of the most important things that you should do ahead of your next job interview is to prepare yourself to answer this inevitable question. Here is our advice for making the most of your response. Things to include in your answer The reason why so many people struggle to answer this initial question is that it’s so broad. You may not be 100% confident about what is being asked of you, even though logically it should be easy to talk about yourself. It’s a question which is designed to help recruiters and hiring managers learn more about you; not just your expertise and knowledge, but your personality, ambitions and who you are beyond your career. This is a question that requires a speech-like answer. It should tell a story and engage the hiring panel to want to learn more about you. You may find that preparing your answer and practicing saying it out loud could allow you to feel much more confident in future interviews. We recommend ensuring that your answer covers the following: What have you accomplished? This is designed to showcase your expertise. You don’t want to talk through your CV (they’ve already seen that) – instead, you should pick out any notable accomplishments or moments where you’ve had great success. If you’re applying for a nursing job, then use this to talk about key moments where you’ve delivered exceptional patient care; for a physiotherapy job, you could discuss a case where you’ve helped a patient to successfully recover from an injury. This is your opportunity to talk about what you’re good at and why you are passionate about what you do. Why are you interested in this particular position? The hiring panel wants to know what makes you a great fit for this particular job, so here’s your chance to sell yourself effectively. How does your specific experience relate to this job description? Do you have a history of their specific requirements, or is it a step further up your career ladder? Try and give examples of how you meet the job requirements. If you’re aiming for a more senior role such as a higher band nursing job, or you're considering moving away from an NHS occupational therapy job into a local authority (or even private practice), then show how you’ve been developing the skills.What do you want to achieve? It’s always good to show ambition; we know that our health community has a drive to continually improve and this is something that your prospective new employer will want to see to. It may be that you’re aiming to become the head of a department, or it could be that you’re simply wanting to undertake training in a new area to further develop your skillset. Try and show how your ambition links in with the job role; the hiring panel will be looking to see how you plan to collaborate with them to achieve your aims. What not to say Firstly, you should never mention any reference to marital status, children, political or religious beliefs. Not only are they not relevant to the job description but by law, you shouldn’t be discriminated by these elements which is why a hiring panel is not allowed to ask you about these. You need to be able to talk about your career history with ease. They’ve already seen your CV and know the basics of what you’ve achieved, so don’t repeat information they already know. You only need to give them the basics – after all, this question is likely to be at the start of the interview, so they’ll have plenty of time to ask further information. If you need support ahead of your next job interview, then please get in touch.
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Health CV Writing Guide
If you’re thinking about looking for a new healthcare role, you’ll want to make sure your CV is in good health; that it showcases your experience and achievements. That’s why we’ve pulled together this guide to help you.By following our top ten tips and weaving in all the important keywords and phrases, you’ll find it a breeze to secure your next position.Please fill in the form below to begin the download:If you require further help with structuring your CV, please give our specialist team a call.
Health CV Template
Your CV is the perfect opportunity to showcase your skills, experience, knowledge, and qualifications. You’ll want to stand-out from other candidates and hone-in on the attributes that make you the ideal person for the role. You’ll need to be clear and concise in what you write and know the order in which to present the information. Please fill in the form below to download our free CV template:For any further help in writing your CV, please contact your Sanctuary consultant today.
Health Interview Guide
So you've landed an interview for the perfect healthcare role. That's great news. It means, on paper, you're just the right match. Now it's time to impress at interview. But what do you need to do ahead of the big day? Our guide will tell you everything you need to know...Fill in the form below to begin the download:If you need help in preparing for your interview, contact your Sanctuary consultant today.
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Interview Guide - Physiotherapists
Have you been invited for a physiotherapy job interview? To help you prepare, here are a few questions that commonly crop up, along with our tips for dealing with them effectively.1. Why did you become a physiotherapist?This is a real favourite with interviewers. Try to avoid generalisations. It's fine to say something like "Because I have a passion for helping people". However, you should support this statement with specific examples which show how you have made a real difference to people's lives.2. Why do you think you're good at your job?You need to strike the right balance here. You shouldn't undersell yourself, but equally you don't want to come across as over-confident. Key attributes include strong communication and time management skills, good health and physical fitness, empathy, tolerance and patience. Refer to one or two examples from your work experience where these skills were particularly relevant.3. How do you manage your time effectively?Good time management as a physiotherapist is not just about being super-organised. It's also about using the available time productively and not over-stretching yourself, which means having realistic and achievable goals. Key things to mention are forward planning, time allocation and reviewing how you have performed to learn lessons for the future.4. How do you go about devising a treatment plan?This is a very important part of any allied health role. Person-centred care is at the heart of the NHS strategy, so you should show how you make sure each treatment plan is tailored to the patient's needs. Talk about questioning and assessing the patient, taking into account their overall health and lifestyle. Also mention how important it is to review their progress and make any necessary adjustments to the plan.5. Are you familiar with the NHS Employers Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF)?The KSF is commonly used as a benchmark in staff appraisals, so you should make sure you understand it and what it means for you in your job as a physiotherapist. The new simplified KSF can be adapted by NHS trusts to meet local needs, so try to find out how your prospective employer uses it in physiotherapy roles. Find out more about the KSF here.6. How do you stay informed about new techniques and technology?This is an opportunity to show you are committed to continuing professional development (CPD). You should talk about any courses you have taken or are taking, and how you stay up-to-date with physiotherapy news and views e.g. through professional forums and networking sites.7. What's the role of a physiotherapist in a multi-disciplinary team (MDT)?Obviously, your professional expertise is important. However, this is also about showing you're a real team player and can work effectively with doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals. Give one or two examples of collaborative working, showing you understand the dynamics of the MDT approach and the various roles that all participants play in providing joined-up care.Our interview guide will tell you everything you need to know...If you’re looking for your next position, take a look at our wide range of physiotherapist roles.
Prepare for your Occupational Therapy Interview
Your next Occupational Therapist role is within reach! The position is ideal. It is in the right area with the type of cases you like. All you need to do now is secure the role at interview. The good news is, if you have been offered an interview through Sanctuary Health, you’re more than half way there to securing the role. Your individual Sanctuary Health consultant will be able to give you information about your new employer, but there’s still plenty of scope for you to hone your interview techniques. Depending on the location and nature of the Occupational Therapist role, there’s still a great deal of competition, so how do you make sure you are chosen over another professional? Being prepared for some of the most frequently asked questions helps. Tell me about your experience of standardised assessmentsThe employer is looking for evidence of your ability to promote the use of evidence-based outcome measures. They’ll want to hear to how, through assessments, you provide credible and reliable justification for the intervention that is delivered. Be ready with one or two examples but keep your answer short (ideally no longer than two minutes). What do you know about our care models?This question tests two things; your knowledge of them as an employer and of the model/s they adhere to (e.g. model of human occupation). Research the organisation and ask your Sanctuary Health consultant if they are privy to information on certain models. Once you’ve established what the models are, research them and make sure you understand the basic principles and how you would apply them. What makes an effective Occupational Therapist?You will need some real-life examples to draw from. Discuss examples that show you enable patients to recover or change; through listening to individual needs and give clinical advice on supporting them to make decisions about their care. Remember, employers are looking for Occupational Therapists who are reflective. What do you do if a patient complains about a member of staff?It’s not uncommon for people to feel frustrated with the pace of care, which can be influenced by many factors. Something you’ll know all too well as an Occupational Therapist. You might well find yourself in this very situation, where a patient wants to make a compliant or raise their concerns. In your answer, you need to make it clear you are aware of the procedure for reporting anything considered to be wrong or unsafe. Explain, step-by-step, what your approach would be. Try not to throw in too many hypothetical possibilities though. Keep it simple. What’s the value of an OT in a multi-disciplinary setting?This is an interesting question. Really, the interviewer is asking you ‘how do work with other people from other healthcare departments?’. Increasingly, both NHS and private employers are realising the benefits of co-located teams. Not just across healthcare either; within social care and criminal justice too. In giving your answer, provide examples of where, as an Occupational Therapist, you’ve jointly aided the recovery or care of a patient. If you’ve been involved in a team piloting a new way of working, here’s your chance to shout about it!Our interview guide will tell you everything you need to know...Whether you are looking for a position within the NHS, private healthcare sector or with a local authority, we have plenty of vacancies.Interested in finding out more? Register with Sanctuary today.