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by tyro
Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: government confirms plans to scrap NHS direct
Replies: 11
Views: 3668

Seems quite a coincidence that NHS direct is getting scrapped just as the new non-emergency 111 number is being piloted. But surely an economically driven government would await results of this "pilot" before scrapping a service whose replacement may prove to be just as ineffective and expensive!!!!
by tyro
Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: travel during summers or experience in clinical a setting
Replies: 9
Views: 3015

I decided to go travelling after gaining some experience as an assistant psychologist (and some money!). It was something I really wanted to do before getting on the doctorate and this year I was offered a place on the course - I think it actually helped me to get on! I didn't do any volunteering as...
by tyro
Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Which AP post?
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

For me personally, I would think about how I would feel if I didn't have an AP post in Jan, and what I would do. I suppose your options would be to take a lower banded job, do some voluntary work, go travelling etc. If you think being in this place would be ok for you - that you could make something...
by tyro
Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: How to beat depression - according to the Guardian
Replies: 10
Views: 3135

"The preliminary results show, he says, that every patient who put the full programme into practice got better." Every patient of what sample? It could be one! And what does "got better" mean - at riding a bike/because someone said so/or measured with a validated tool? Furthermore, if someone is abl...
by tyro
Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Pay freeze!
Replies: 21
Views: 8415

My concern is that there is still going to be a review into public sector pensions, which may result in the decision that public sector workers have to pay a higher proportion of their earnings as pension contributions. If this happens, it would result in an actually decrease in the money we take ho...
by tyro
Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Did you apply for training 2010? Vote on outcome.
Replies: 30
Views: 10266

I think my experience backs up the comments about a bias towards successful candidates. Last year I applied and was unsuccessful, and I didnt really post on forum topics. I felt more like a learner and observer - looking at posts but not feeling that I had anything particularly helpful or important ...
by tyro
Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Which is more important? The course or lifestyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 11418

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all the advice and helpful comments, and to give an update on my decision. I decided in the end to go with my gut feeling - the course further away. I have decided to move and I am happy with this decision (and have found somewhere to live already that ...
by tyro
Tue May 11, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Which is more important? The course or lifestyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 11418

Thank you for all the replies - they have all been really helpful and its good to know that other people have moved or commuted and found it a positive experience. I suppose it seems that there are good arguments either way. I've decided to do some research and find out more about where I might be m...
by tyro
Fri May 07, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Which is more important? The course or lifestyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 11418

Hi Batfish, Your story sounds so familiar!! Its so good to know that im not the only one feeling like this. I think there is definately some anxiety around the thought of leaving friends, and the social support that has meant so much to me. Also I'm not totally decided on the reality of commuting ye...
by tyro
Fri May 07, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Which is more important? The course or lifestyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 11418

Which is more important? The course or lifestyle?

Hello, I am in the wonderful position of having 2 offers, but the suprisingly difficult position of having to choose between them (and i'm really struggling to do it!) So, I would really appreciate any thoughts that might help me focus on this decision. One course has a great reputation (from what i...
by tyro
Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Key words when searching for jobs
Replies: 11
Views: 3005

Clinical Studies Officer is also a research related role within the NHS that might be available but not come up with other search criteria.
by tyro
Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: mental health nursing???
Replies: 20
Views: 9808

Hi Holly, I think the most important thing to consider is whether you want to be a mental health nurse? Is this another career path that excites you as much as clinical psychology? Would you enjoy studying for the degree? You are in a similar position to me nearly a year after I graduated. I got my ...
by tyro
Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: I feel like I'm lacking skills
Replies: 5
Views: 2387

Hi Rubee, It sounds as though you are doing much better than you give yourself credit for! You have some great experience, and you can clearly reflect on your skills and areas that you would like to improve. I remember starting my first assistant psychologist post and I didn't know anything about cl...
by tyro
Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: How many times did you apply?
Replies: 109
Views: 115353

I'm a second timer. I applied the first time "for the experience, and you never know", my main experience was a 6 month AP post and although I wasn't expecting success, I was bitterly disappointed by the 4th rejection letter. Second time around I had an extra 12 months AP experience (different clini...