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  1. I was successful re: pay protection nearly 3 years ago when taking an ST4 post during MTAS from a 2 1/2 yr substantive SG post, and continue to receive 12 sessions (10 for 9-5, Mon -Fri; 2 for 1:15 on call) at somewhere on the optional points of the old SG pay scale The relevant pay circular is Pay Circular (M&D) 4/2007, from NHS Employers, hopefully attached below (if I can get it to work) What does the most recent monitoring exercise say n relation to out of hours actually worked, if you are looking to convert it from a banding to sessions? Copy this with a covering letter & copies of pay slips in SG post to Trust HR (they are your employers), dropping in a casual reference to Small Claims Court and sit back. The recent ruling on "Deaneries as Employment Agencies" may be beneficial (check the Remedy Website) Best of luck pc_md_2007-041.pdf
  2. All depends what you want it for - investment or home? Whichever it is for, how long is that for - 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, until the mortgage is cleared and you'll get your pension? If the latter, then you are paying for a home. The notional "value" of the property at any particular point in the next x years makes bugger all difference if you are happy living there, pay the mortgage with relative ease, & don't need/want to sell, given that at the end of the mortgage it will be all yours. If short term - how much can you afford to lose before you are in negative equity, and unable to sell it to clear the mortgage? Best of luck, whatever your decision H
  3. Easy one would be to audit prescribing against NICE guidelines (in terms of dosing regimes, high dose, low dose etc.)Audit tools included in the back of the one on Methadone RxPhil
  4. Thanks for the link to show the old web pages - brought me flashbacks of revising for the old parts 1&2 in 2002/5! Full autonomic arousal with sweat and anxiety about baboon hierarchy etc etc.
  5. How will you describe the nature eg in a first episode patient with manic features?
  6. I'm aware that SpRs, working to the Orange Guide, had/have a six-month 'period of grace' post the award of CCT/CCST, where they could continue in an SpR post whilst looking for work. I'm unable to find any reference to either the 'period of grace' or what happens to ST6's when they get their CCT in the Gold Guide. Has anyone got any information relating to this from their deanery?
  7. Actually a member since 2000ish

  8. Yes. On call over the weekend some 80 miles away from home, and discovering when emptying my bag in the accommodation on Saturday morning that I hadn't brought my inhaler with me (asthmatic). Not worth bothering OOH GP, well known personally to local pharmacies (towards the end of ST5 job in Addictions), and ended up with pharmacist just taking the piss out of me for being so poorly organised, dishing out the inhaler & all sorted in 5 minutes.
  9. It's all down to local deanery policy, or what can be negotiated....
  10. Having sat on an IDT Appeals panel a couple of weeks ago, it is clear that there is no mechanism for 'Swaps', although applications for transfer in line with the Gold Guide are viewed on relative merits.
  11. I have found a definitive statement about the issue 6 month 'period of grace' post CCT incorporated in the national Terms & Conditions of Service. Not expecting you to wade through it, the relevant paragraph is no. 10, (page 7) , relating to both Specialist (Sp) and Specialty (St) Registrars. This includes the statement, 'The final placement will end 6 months after the completion of training, or 6 months after notification of completion of training, whichever is the later' http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/JuniorDoctorsDentistsGPReg/Pages/DoctorsInTraining-JuniorDoctorsTermsAndConditions150908.aspx
  12. I tend to charge nearly double that hourly rate. After the request for a report is received, I reply with an estimate of how long the report is likely to take to prepare, my other terms regarding payment and responsibility of the solicitor to arrange their client's attendance for interview, and hourly rate for further duties eg attendance at court etc, including travelling time.
  13. And don't sell yourself short!
  14. There's a really good 2 page layout in Companion to Psychiatric Studies in terms of having a structure. It's also helpful to get any specific questions the report should address to be specified in writing by the solicitor. As far as charging, there is no set fee - tell them what you charge per hour, an estimate of the total length of time it will take, and see if they'll accept it. And don't forget to ask whether you are being asked for a report as a professional or expert witness. If this is the first court report you've done it's worth getting it looked over by someone who's done a few before you send it off.
  15. 'What is this 1/2 day you are talking about? I understand Academic programme and Special Interest day are not taken from your study leave entitlment ' That 1/2 day per week would be you taking your study leave as 'Private study' ie. Sitting in the back garden at home with a pint as the start of the weekend. With a copy of BJPsych or APT around for your perusal of course. National terms and conditions of service for specialty registrars state that the study leave allowance is 30 days per year. It appears, balmu, that your contract deviates from this. Contact the BMA if you are a member.
  16. Every Friday afternoon off for 'Private Study'. 52 weeks in the year - remove 6 weeks for annual leave = 46 weeks 1/2 day each week for study leave for these 46 weeks = 23 days total Leaving you with 7 days a year for any relevant courses. Your minescule study leave budget of £550 will only cover courses for 7 days if you choose cheap ones anyway.
  17. In my view Chris's optomism is well founded! Use the three years for yourself, don't be afraid to say no to doing things if you feel they're not going to be of significant educational benefit to you, and go out of your way to do things that will be of use. As regards the pay cut - do as many MHA assessments as possible and make your consultant aware that you are available for court reports (then negotiate a reasonable fee from the solicitor) Have fun (I know I am) Horatio
  18. I refer to the 'Holy Trinity' of BNF, Maudsley Guidelines and Bazire's Psychotropic Drug Diresctory for any prescribing issues.
  19. Yet it would look good in an Article 14 Application...
  20. Having attended one of the training courses a few days ago, I think it would be helpful to clarify a few things. Any suitably qualified member of a relevant profession can apply to become an approved clinician (AC) by submitting a portfolio of relevant experience & competencies (these are still yet to be decided). They then have to attend a 2 or 3 day training course if their application is accepted. An AC can then be a designated Responsible Clinician (RC) for a specific patient detained under the MHA. There is no barrier in either the statute law or the recently published code of practice that prevents any doctor from applying for the role of AC, and the course organisers suggested that it would most likely be SAS doctors who applied for the role of AC initially. It remains unclear as to whether the granting of a CCT to current SpRs and StRs will automatically grant AC status, and looks most likely that there will be a need for this group to do the 2 day course. Current RMOs become ACs (and hence able to act as RCs) on attending a 1 day conversion course. Hope this makes things a little clearer.
  21. As a follow on to my post above, I had my ARCP yesterday, and was deemed to be making 'Satisfactory Progress'. Only 2 more to bluster through to get an CCT! The 2 WPBAs were deemed to be sufficient, (although a request was made for me to do one a month between now & my ARCP next year) and the portfolio I produced from my appraisal kept them happy. It was relatively informal, and friendly. Good luck to all of you with them impending Horatio.
  22. Always. The fear of an inland revenue inspection demanding bank statements, invoices, payslips and receipts for everything both professionally and privately going back 7 years is just too much to bear.
  23. I can't believe no-one's mentioned 'Use of Drugs in Psychiatry' by Cookson, Taylor and Katona. (Subtitled 'The evidence from Psychopharmacology'), published by Gaskell. Accessible, readable & explains from the point of view of both drugs & disorders.
  24. We (the assesses) don't know what to show, and they (the assessors) don't know what to look for in the upcoming ARCPs for ST4s. I'm essentially trying to take a reasoned and pragmatic approach towards this: - I'll be taking along my appraisal (which I've arranged to get done next week), and the supporting documents for that (contracts, timetables, attendance certificates etc etc), the 1 round of mini-PAT I've done, the 2 other WPBA I've done & the Educational Supervisor's Report my boss filled in last week. This is essentially all the same stuff I'd have thrown at PMETB if I'd taken the sensible route and remained a staff grade and applied through Article 14 for entry onto the specialist register rather than wasting large parts of my week commuting 120 miles a day and spending my evenings worrying about pointless unvalidated paperwork and getting research done for the cv so I won't be unemployed on the 1st August 2010. - Given that the competencies are for ST4&5, they can then tell me what I need to get done by next year's ARCP to get this signed off.
  25. I'll take the cyber-pint!