STP Specialisms | Respiratory & Sleep Science

Do you like breathing and sleeping? If so, this could be the specialism for you…Hopefully this post will provide some useful insight into what the Respiratory & Sleep specialism involves.

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STP Support | STP with a long term health condition

Setting expectations

This post is my personal account of having a long term health condition, which was in the process of being diagnosed during my application to the Scientist Training Program (STP). Lots of the information in it will be relevant to many long term health conditions and disabilities, but it is not intended to cover all aspects of either.  I do not consider my condition to be a disability, but others who have it do. 

It also includes information on what the National School of Healthcare Scientists (NSHCS), your Trust, and you can do to support yourself if you have a long term health condition and are or are considering becoming a trainee on the STP.

I am really keen to empower people to take as much of an active role in their own health care as they can.  What I hope is that this post will be reassuring, supportive and informative for those with long term health conditions and to those who want a bit more information. Everyone’s experience is unique. 

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STP Reflections | Hello from a co-editor, and my STP experience so far

Firstly, just a quick introduction as I realised Erin and myself haven’t introduced ourselves here before! I am Rachel, one of the blog editors. I am 24, am a second (nearly third!) year clinical bioinformatics trainee, I enjoy watersports, climbing and art in my spare time, and new experiences – one of the reasons I volunteered to work on this blog in my spare time!

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STP Applications | How to spice up your old application

It would be amazing if we were all offered interviews and were successful in gaining a place on the programme on our first attempt, however this is often not the reality. Often, even the most qualified and committed applicants make a number of attempts before being successful in gaining a place on the training for their chosen specialism, and this post will focus on ways to revamp an ‘unsuccessful’ application. However, no application is wholly unsuccessful as there will be some golden nuggets that you have already included that can be highlighted or added to in order to bolster your chances of getting that all-important interview.

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STP Support | Navigating the STP as an Introvert

This post is the opinion and experience of the author

Before starting the STP, I was warned of the challenges that I would face: balancing university deadlines with workplace competencies and learning new clinical skills alongside settling into a new team of colleagues. But nothing could have prepared me for the challenges that I have been through, seemingly for having an introverted personality.

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STP Support | Reflections of an STP Alumni & Member of the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Student Trainee Network

The NSHCS has a duty to better support their students and address the additional challenges often faced by those from diverse backgrounds

This post is the opinion and experience of the author

I remember when I received the email saying I’d been accepted onto the STP – I nearly screamed right there in the middle of the train carriage. I thought I’d flopped the whole application after those dreaded arithmetic and logic tests…but I got through to interview stage…and I couldn’t believe I’d actually been offered only one of five positions for direct entry Neurophysiology in the country!

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STP Support | Not in the mood for competencies?

This post is the opinion and experience of the author

It was around 10 years ago now that I joined the STP in medical physics. It was a very interesting time: for me as it was my first full-time job and in a field I’d wanted to work in since I’d heard about it; and also for the healthcare science community. The  STP was brand new; this was the first year it had run in most specialisms. 

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STP Specialisms | Neurophysiology

What is Neurophysiology?

Neurophysiology is a branch of neuroscience and physiology that is interested in studying the function of the nervous system through the use of electrophysiological recordings. Within the NHS, Neurophysiological Scientists perform a range of diagnostic tests to assess the functioning and integrity of the brain and nervous system. The most commonly performed tests are Electroencephalography (EEG), Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS), Evoked-Potentials (EPs) and Electromyography (EMG). These tests are performed on patients of all ages and are performed in a range of clinical settings including outpatient, intensive care, wards, and during surgical interventions.

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STP Support | A guide for dealing with STP training issues

Problems occur in every area of life and workplaces are no exception. In my career, I’ve had to deal with several different problems at work: from unrealistic expectations and demands from management; bullying; lack of (or poor!) project management; lack of delegation or being set unclear goals. Knowing how to deal with work-related problems effectively and professionally is an essential skill, which will improve job satisfaction, increase personal happiness and ultimately help you to become a more productive and effective employee. 

I have developed a strategy for dealing with problems at work; these steps have been applicable to most of the problems I’ve faced at work and will hopefully help the reader to deal with their own problems effectively. I will start by breaking down the steps to take when facing a generic problem and close with an example describing how to deal with training plan issues.

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