09 Nov

How to Write Your Medical CV


In the medical profession, great Nurses and Doctors are constantly in high demand. Yet, as with every profession the ‘great’ are initially handpicked from a pile of CV’s. This is commonly the first point of call for recruiters looking to identify traits, skills and experience of an individual.

For a profession so prevalent with forms, records and paper work the idea of putting pen to paper, or finger to keypad for something else, may be somewhat off putting and easily avoided, however, it is a key part of recruitment that helps you to stand out from the crowd. Your CV needs to set out your knowledge in the form of education or skills, past relevant experience and even convey a sense of your personality.

Writing a Great medical CV takes time, you need to carefully consider everything; from the words and phrases you use to your employment history is detailed and extensive enough. Think about personal life experience and pick out moments of impact, what you learnt and how that relates to the job role.

Most job descriptions will set out the desired qualities that that organisation is looking for and the particular roles of responsibility it requires. Noting these down and then linking them to your own past experience will greatly benefit your CV.

There are also more general points that you can enhance on. If you are considering a career in the medical world then you are most probably hard working, compassionate, great at communicating and calm under pressure. You need to make sure that these traits come out in your CV and application. For example, you can demonstrate positions of responsibility with driving words that identify leadership or convey your compassion through personal experiences that have made an impact on you.

Considering all of these aspects when writing your CV will help yours to stand out from the crowd and help you to secure that dream medical job.


02 Nov

Corbyn / May; what’s happening to the NHS?


There is no doubt that the NHS is experiencing a current crisis, from a lack of funding and increased cuts to junior doctor protests and unfair wages, making it clear that we are witnessing a significant crossroads in NHS history. Throughout recent turmoil the government has been criticised for failing our doctors and nurses, as well as patients, where a lack of resources in specific medical areas is becoming an increasingly worrying issue.

Wednesday’s stand-off between Corbyn and May highlighted the latest update from government in regards to the NHS. May’s pledge to invest £7.4billion in mental health services was met by Corbyn with disdain and disbelief. Mental health is an area where a staggering amount of patients are struggling to receive the care and attention needed and with more people than ever battling with mental health in the UK, it is an area that needs considerable attention.

High pressure on professionals and huge understaffing are two prominent reasons as to why certain areas, such as mental health and the elderly, are not receiving the attention they need. Doctors and nurses across hospitals are working at maximum capacity to deliver care to those in need. The idea has been posed that more localisation of hospital operations is needed, as well as greater insight in to care giving outside of the hospital. What is positive, is that the government dodging of issues is, thankfully, being picked up on and taken seriously by officials, with more medical leaders taking prominence in discussions.

What we can have faith in is the compassion and diligence of medical professionals, a factor that many in the media and government regularly overlook. Ensuring that doctors and nurses are fully supported and able to provide the proper care to patients is the most important factor during this current disruption. By ensuring skilled professionals are working within the right hospitals is the only way to maintain an effective and smooth-running NHS.