Preparing for an Interview

Interview can be stressful for anybody, if you prepare and practice well then, you can give your best in your job interview. Here are some tips for interview which will help you increases your chances get selected for the job. First impression counts Your first impression matters a lot, so when you are invited for the interview, you should shake hand confidently and warmly. Speak clearly and take a moment before you reply and avoid words like “I mean” and “you know”. Good eye-contact with the interviewer is the must during your interview. Be prepared Good preparation provides you confident while giving interview. So, be prepared and collect the information relevant to your job. Prepare yourself to discuss about your academic background, your employment and research experience and why to hire you etc. Do your research about the company background and also be prepared to share your view and ideas about the organization when needed. On the day of Interview On the day of your interview be on time, there is no excuse ever for arriving late for an interview. If you make your interviewer wait for the interview, it will give wrong impression to them. So try to reach 10-15 minutes earlier in the interview. Bring a copy of your resume and sample of your works for your own reference. Dress smartly and professionally to give your best impression to the interviewer. Finally, as you enter to the office, shut down your cell phone in order to avoid the disturbances. Body language Poor body language can be a distraction in the interview. How you say in the interview matters the most, make use of effective forms of body language like smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening etc. Do not play with the pen, eat chewing gum while giving interview. Ask questions In an interview, when your interviewer asks if you have any questions then do not say “NO”. Asking question in the interview shows your interest towards the job. So, ask the question related to your job like about the day-to-day responsibilities of the job, plan of the organization in coming years and the question that are arise during the interview. After the Interview Don't forget to send a thank-you note or letter after the interview. It will add a positive impression to your interviewer. It will not make sure that you will be hired for the job but will show your interest in the position and in the organization. If you have forgotten something to mention in the interview, you can mention it in your follow-up/ thank you letter. Recruitment synergy is a medical recruitment agency in the UK. We provide locum, temporary and permanent job for medical professionals in the UK. If you need any help with your interview and medical recruitment, feel free to contact us.  


Guidance for NMC Revalidation

Revalidating with the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) is not difficult, you will required to plan and organize for it. Here are some easy steps below for all nurses and midwifes to prepare for the NMC revalidation. Create an online NMC account Create a free NMC online account and view your registration details on it.  Your account keeps you updated and alert via email from the NMC and you can find your revalidation date from it. You must create a NMC online account for your revalidation process. You can create your account from NMC Website.                                      Create a portfolio You need to create a portfolio of the trainings and courses you have completed in the last three years. Your portfolio can be in any form i.e. in paper and digital format. You can use one-sided A4 sheets or use online revalidation portfolio tool to make your career portfolio. Practice You are required to complete 450 hours of medical practice in order to renew your license. So, make sure that you have completed 450 hours of practice within three years. And if you are registered both as a nurse and a midwife, then you will need to complete 900 hours of practice over this period. Record CPD You must need to complete at least 35 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) over the three years prior to the renewal of your registration.  So, record your CPD that are relevant to your practice. You must follow the standards set by NMC for nurses and midwifes while recording your CPD. Collect feedback on practice You must receive at least 5 pieces of your practice related feedback in the three years prior to the revalidation of your registration. So collect and keep a note of feedback that you receive from colleagues, patients, visitors, service user and other member of the multidisciplinary team. Reflect You are required to produce a reflective account, which have at least five written reflection about your medical practice. Reflecting on your practice shows what you have learnt and your improvements toward your practice. Each reflective account should be relevant to the code of NMC and must show your practice-related feedback you have received. Third party Confirmation To revalidate your license, NMC asks for the application confirmed by third party who can be your line manager, another NMC registrant, another health care professional depending upon whom you choose. As a part of the appraisal process, someone else have to confirm that they supports the declaration made by you. Confirmation should be occurred during the final 12 month of your registration period to ensure that the confirmation is recent. Health and character declaration You must need to provide a declaration about your health and character. You must declare that you have no any criminal offence or issued with a formal caution. And also, need to show that you are capable of safe and effective practice. Professional indemnity arrangement You must need to declare that you have an appropriate cover under an indemnity (insurance) arrangement in place in order to practice. For most of the employees, especially those in NHS employment will be covered by the employer’s public and vicarious liability cover. Recruitment synergy is a medical recruitment agency in the UK. We provide locum, temporary and permanent job for medical professionals in the UK. If you need any help with your NMC revalidation and medical recruitment, feel free to contact us.    


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) refers to the learning activities of professionals involved to develop and enhance their capabilities formally and informally. It is an arrangement of methods, ideas and techniques that will help you manage your own learning capabilities to keep practicing in the real world. CPD includes development of your knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors across all area of your professional practice. CPD is a never ending process, it is needed for you in all phase of your medical career, from the beginning of your medical career to its end. CPD are the fundamentals to improve the standard and abilities of an individual and their profession. It includes different methods of learning such as attending conferences and events, training workshops, best practice techniques, e-learning programs, work experience or involvement in industry discussion groups and idea sharing which focus on improving individual professional development. You can take CPD as a portfolio documentation of your development as a professional. CPD is an ongoing process which helps you manage your own development by keeping record, reviewing and replicating on what you learn. According to the General Medical Council (GMC), the aim of CPD is to maintain and improve: the quality of care you provide to your patients and public the standards of the teams and the services in which you work. Why CPD is important? To update your skills and knowledge throughout your professional career. CPD helps you keep up your skills by maintaining the professional standards required for you. CPD has become the most required document for your annual appraisal in order to fulfil the requirement for your doctor and nurse revalidation. To understand the on-going developments in your field. Patient care is the most important, CPD ensures that the patients receive high quality treatment and care. CPD helps you in improving your career opportunities by helping you find your desired field of specialization. Recruitment synergy is a medical recruitment agency in the UK. We provide locum, temporary and permanent job for medical professionals in the UK. If you need any help with your registration with your  CPD and medical recruitment, feel free to contact us.  


Revalidation of Doctor

Revalidation is the process where licensed doctors are required to demonstrate that they are up-to-date and fit to practice in their medical profession to the General Medical Council (GMC). Revalidation is based on continuous evaluation of your medical practice, based on the GMC’s core guidance for doctors, Good medical practice.  All licensed doctors must revalidate their license in every five years to keep practicing in the UK. You must meet all the professional requirements set by GMC and the specialist’s standard set by the medical Royal colleges and faculties to hold a license to keep practicing in the UK. The aim of revalidation is to increase the patient’s and public confidence that their doctors are regularly checked by their employer and the GMC. Revalidation helps to improve the quality of patient care and check whether the doctors are up-to-date and fit for medical practice. Annual Appraisal Annual appraisal is a compulsory document required to revalidate your license. You must need to participate in an annual appraisal which focuses and covers all of your medical practice. If you are practicing in more than one organization, your appraisal must cover all the practice places. Revalidation should be done in every five years but you will need to complete your appraisal each year within the five years. Supporting information For successful appraisal and revalidation, GMC will require your documented proof of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).  You will also require to collect supporting information to show you are following the professional values and principals set by GMC. Supporting information such as feedback from patients, your colleagues, review of complaints and compliments, quality improvement activity, significant events etc. are expected to be provided and discussed in the appraisal. Responsible officer Responsible officers are those who recommends you to GMC for revalidation of your license. Responsible officers helps you with your revalidation by providing support in CPD and clinical government systems. Recruitment synergy is a medical recruitment agency in the UK. We provide locum, temporary and permanent job for medical professionals in the UK. If you need any help with your revalidation and medical recruitment, feel free to contact us.  


Registration Requirements for Overseas Nurses – NMC

Many nurses and midwives wants to work and live in the United Kingdom. Before working as a nurse or midwife in the UK, you must get registered to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Below are some of the registration requirements for nurses who are from outside the United Kingdom. Language requirement  English is the main language which is spoken and written in the UK. The applicant who are from outside the UK must take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam before starting the NMC application process. You must achieve a score of 7.0 out of 9 in each band of IELTS test i.e. listening, reading, writing and speaking. This is a compulsory requirement for overseas nurses who want to work in UK. Your IELTS test results will only be valid for two years. Practice Requirements You are required to have at least 12 months of full time or part time work practiced as a registered nurse or midwife in your home country for registration in NMC. If you are qualified for longer than 12 months then you must have also practiced for at least 450 hours in the previous three years. Work Practice include administrative, supervisory, teaching, research and managerial roles along with direct patient care. Any practice you perform will be accepted by NMC only if you are practicing as a registered nurse and midwife. Registration requirements When you apply for registration with NMC, you must hold a current license or registration approved by the licensing authority of your country from where you are qualified or have been practicing. You must provide all the details of practice taken as a registered nurse or midwife including registration certificates and verification documents. Education requirements You are required to have successful completion of 10 years of school education before your nursing studies. And you must have at least 3 years of nursing education. Overseas Nursing Program After your application meets the standard of NMC’s, you will be required to take the Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP) before your registration completes. The ONP includes the UK law, health and safety issues, record keeping, drugs administration and NMC code of conduct studies. Recruitment synergy is a medical recruitment agency in the UK. We provide locum, temporary and permanent job for medical professionals in the UK. If you need any help with your registration with NMC and medical recruitment, feel free to contact us.    


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulator of nursing and midwives in the UK. Anybody who wants to work as a nurse and midwife in the UK, must be registered to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). NMC maintains a registration process which allowed nurses and midwives to be eligible to practice in the UK. Each year the NMC receives over 22,000 newly qualified nurses and midwives from education institutions. NMC sets standards of training, education, performances and conduct for nurses and midwives so that they could provide high quality health service throughout their careers. The nurses and midwives who have successfully completed their nursing and midwifery program can apply for the NMC registration. NMC has approved higher education institution to deliver the programme in all over the UK. When you first apply for the registration in NMC, you must have an experience of practicing nursing and midwifery for at least a year. Nurses and midwives must follow the code of conduct provided by NMC which states how they should work and behave. NMC has set the standard to ensure that nurses and midwives have right knowledge and qualities when they start to work. Once you registered with the NMC, then you can start practicing in National Health Service (NHS) and other private health care institution. You need to revalidate to NMC in every three years in order to make sure that you are staying up to date in your professional practice and fit for the job. The Registration of NMC consists of 3 parts. Nurses Midwives Specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN) The nurses part of the register is divided into four fields of practice. Learning disabilities nursing Children’s nursing Adult nursing Mental health nursing If you are from outside the UK, then to work as a nurse or midwife in UK you must need to meet the immigration condition. You also need to be registered in the country you are trained in and have at least 12 months of practice in nursing and midwifery. You must score 7.0 in each band of International English Language test (IELTS) as English language requirements. Recruitment synergy is a medical recruitment agency in the UK. We provide locum, temporary and permanent job for medical professionals in the UK. If you need any help with your medical recruitment, feel free to contact us.