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  1. Does anyone know how much in advance do we have to inform employers if one's in a 3 month contingency post?
  2. Apologies for starting a new post when this one existed but click on this for some fresh news on HSMP.. its rather promising.
  3. LONDON (Reuters - Thursday, August 9 07:07 am) - The government's proposed changes to immigration rules for skilled migrant workers are unfair and break human rights law, a parliamentary committee said on Thursday. The committee took issue with changes announced by the government last year to its Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, which allows people such as doctors and financial experts to come to work in Britain. The government said the changes were designed to ensure that stricter checks on foreign workers were carried out in Britain and abroad to guard against abuse. The committee said the changes were unfair because they retrospectively changed the rules for people who had already come to Britain under the programme, making it more difficult for them to settle in Britain permanently. Committee chairman Andrew Dismore, a legislator for Labour, said the government was entitled to change the rules for future migrants. 'But it is not right to pull out the rug from under those who have already given up lives, homes and jobs elsewhere in the world and settled themselves and their families here,' Dismore said in a statement. The committee said the changes were incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the right to respect for home and family life. It urged the government to send its proposals back to parliament to be changed. The committee said the government had made two changes to the immigration rules which affected people already granted leave to work in Britain as highly skilled migrants. One changed the requirements highly skilled migrants must satisfy when they apply for permission to extend their stay in Britain under the programme. The other lengthened the qualifying period for migrants to be allowed to settle in Britain from four years to five.
  4. Current Job: FTSTA 3 in West Midlands (Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham) Required job: FTSTA 3 in London
  6. Just called the Deanery, was informed that there is some discrepancy with respect to certain FTSTA and ST posts in Psychiatry and that this has been sent back to Human Resources. What the F***? They couldnt specify what was the discrepancy! Finally, said something like please dont shoot the messenger.. or somthing to that effect. Asked that if I was unhappy about the MTAS process that I should write to Anyways thats what just happened.
  7. This thread has already been initiated at Could we please stick to one to avoid duplication?
  8. Cant get through to the blessed deanery!!!! Anyone had luck? If so can you provide a useful email / telephone no.?
  9. Heard today that ST / FTSTA (all levels) pay will drop from 50 to 20% banding. This is different from what I heard a few weeks ago that the pay might go up??? :-? Does anyone know, reliably?
  10. Sent an email to [highlight][/highlight] today asking for some clarity on allocations. Will let you know of any reply In the interim, thank you Hibnaa for your information. From what I read on another thread, the allocation meeting for north and south essex is tommorrow and that allocations will be out on monday.
  11. Just curious as to your source hibnaa..
  12. Hi all Just received in the post an offer from BMA for a 3 month free membership. I have decided to reply back reminding them of why IMGs pulled out and that they should learn from their mistake. First by apologising for its poor representation of IMGs and secondlyin order to prevent this fiasco from happening again, that they should have more IMG representation on their panels ... or whatever. I strongly request you all to do the same. The BMA has been brought down to its knees - evidenced by its FREE three month membership. In my three years in the UK there has never been such an offer! And its not even Christmas!!!! Hoping for your support! IMGs your voice has been heard and the BMA has come a-beggin'!
  13. Zelda game named 'greatest ever' Zelda helped usher in the 3D gaming era The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has topped a poll of readers of Edge magazine and industry experts to find the top 100 games of all time. 1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina 2. Resident Evil 4 3. Super Mario 64 4. Half Life 2 5. Super Mario World 6. Zelda: A Link to the Past 7. Halo: Combat Evolved 8. Final Fantasy XII 9. Tetris 10. Super Metroid The 10-year-old videogame for the Nintendo 64 games console helped usher in a new era of 3D gaming. It is also one of only five games ever to receive a 10 out of 10 review score from Edge magazine. Five of the top 10 titles were made only for Nintendo machines, including Super Mario 64, in third spot. The full list of 100 titles has been compiled for a special edition of Edge magazine. Tony Mott, editor-in-chief of Edge, said: 'If you were new to video games and were going to go out and buy 100 games to make an instant collection, then these would be the games to buy.' He added: 'Ocarina of Time is nearly 10 years old, but its position at the top slot in Edge's 100 Best Videogames shows that great game design does not age. 'In visual terms, it obviously cannot compete with today's Xbox 360 and PS3 productions, but, as with many classics, its appeal is about so much more than its appearance.' TOP 10 EDGE POLL 1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina 2. Resident Evil 4 3. Super Mario 64 4. Half Life 2 5. Super Mario World 6. Zelda: A Link to the Past 7. Halo: Combat Evolved 8. Final Fantasy XII 9. Tetris 10. Super Metroid Only one PC game makes the top 10 - classic first person shooter Half Life 2. Microsoft's Xbox also has only one representative in the elite list - with Halo: Combat Evolved at number seven. Only five games for the next generation of consoles have made the top 100 - Pro Evolution Soccer 6, at number 15, Oblivion, at number 19, Virtua Fighter 5, in 38th spot, Virtua Tennis 3 at number 80, and Crackdown at 100. Tony Mott said: 'Crackdown hasn't been around long but has proved itself to be a very good game. It will be interesting to see people's reaction to that. 'If we did this poll in five year's time, I would hope to see more PS3 and Xbox 360 games in the list. But I don't think anyone would argue we have seen that many classics in this new generation.' The list was drawn together in three stages - thousands of reader votes, combined with expert opinion in the games industry and finally input from Edge's own editorial team. Mr Mott said Ocarina of Time was the reader favourite as well as the overall winner. 'Brilliantly well' He said: 'It appeared not long after games made the shift to 3D; everyone was wondering if it could make the transition. 'It was a very ambitious game. The way they were able to engineer it in a 3D context was a success; it worked brilliantly well.' But he said the intention behind the poll was not to create a 'nostalgia festival'. 'These games had to stand up today. People will be surprised by the small amount of very old games that have made it through. 'Often these types of lists are full of games like Space Invaders and Pong - which we recognise as classics, as important games - but they don't necessarily stand up to play today.' He added: 'I love the fact that old games are being made available to audiences via Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and through compilations but I am not convinced that younger players will play them and appreciate them in the way we did the first time round. 'It's very hard for younger players who play something graphically-rich like Gears of War to then play something like Robotron. 'I think it will be for the greater good of the industry when more effort is put into the content of games than the way they are presented visually.' The five titles to have received a maximum review score from Edge are: Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Half-Life 2, Gran Turismo, Super Mario 64 and Halo.
  14. Hi just did the exam. Some of the topics we predicted and feel are highly predictable: 1. A question on Schizophrenia ALWAYS comes. So prepare NICE guidelines, etc. Know it well. 2. Carers, Carers, Carers....! I cant say it enough! 3. Re institutionalisation, are we heading back? 4. Suicide - read thoroughly from the Oxford Textbook. A section on DSH follows. For brownie points read the National Confidential Enquiry by Appleby. We predicted THE GAP IN ADULT ADHD services and it came. Oh, dont worry about stuff like the Mental Capacity Act, etc. These legal questions WILL NOT be asked as the paper is common for all countries, which obviously defer legally. So dont waste your time.
  15. Hi I agree with the above: [highlight]Before the exam[/highlight] 1. Read Olajide Ajetunmobi (Highly recommend) 2. Read the Critical review Book (yellow) atleast 3 times 3. Allow yourself sometime to read topics not covered well enough in Olumoroti - like regressional analysis. 4. At this point in time, refer to Lawrie sparingly. If you do the above 2, and have time then go through your weak points from Lawrie. 5. Finally, try a few questions from Manchester notes which arent covered in the review papers [highlight]During the exam:[/highlight] I was shocked to see the regression (long) question. However, think what saved me was my decision to start with the shorter question. You can count on Time being short, so write atleast a sentence for each answer. If no time still, scribble a relevant formula (I did) All in all, Olajide Ajetunmobi and the COLLEGE REVIEW PAPERS should form the crux of your preperation. BEST OF LUCK!!!! See you on the other side!