The Careers Unit
Providing careers support for healthcare professionals seeking to plan and develop their careers
We can offer you support to make career choices at key transition points during your postgraduate professional training through:
- Individual, confidential and impartial careers support appointments with experienced career coaches and advisers either in person or virtually
- Workshops and webinars on topics such as career planning and the consultant interview
- Self-directed e-learning resources providing structure and opportunity for reflection to your career planning and in the realisation of your career goals
- A range of resources, exercises and website links to support your decision making.
The SCAN Career Planning Model developed by the HEE London PSU Careers Unit is a structured framework designed to offer informed, realistic and robust career planning for health professionals. Further information and exercsies linked to the SCAN career Planning model can be found here
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The Consultant Interview: preparing for success covers 5 aspects of the interview process - in less than 20 minutes. Packed with practical information and guidance to enhance your chances of being the successful candidate. Find out what consultants have to say about pre-interview trust visits, managing your mindset and delivering a compelling presentation.
**NEW Careers MOT service for Foundation Trainees**
28/10/20: Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand this service has now been paused for the the time being. However, we are currently developing a variety of virtual resources and FY1/FY2 doctors can access information and support through the the following resources :
- Career Planning for Foundation Doctors
This Emodule follows the four-stage systematic, interactive and reflective SCAN Model (Self awareness/ Career exploration/ Arriving at a Decision/ Next steps) [See animation above]. Each stage is accompanied by a downloadable workbook containing exercises relevant to the content of that stage.
Details on how to Register for the Career Planning for Foundation Doctors E-Module can be found here:
- BMA Support
The BMA offers informaton, advice and guidance on applying to speciality including access to the Speciality Explorer tool here:
Further resources are also available for BMA members.
[If you are a trainee doctor from a region outside London and the South East (London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex), you should approach your own medical education centre for information on further careers information, advice and guidance available to you locally]
**NEW 1-2-1 Career Appointments for Senior registrars approaching Consultancy**
28/10/20: Unfortunately, again due to overwhelming demand this service has now been paused for the the time being. However, information and resources supporting preparation for consultant interviews can be found here: https://london.hee.nhs.uk/careers-unit/doctors/preparation-consultancy
You may also be interested in booking onto one of our regular clinical careers focused webinars and workshops current details of which can be found here:
"It was extremely helpful to work through, initially my doubts and concerns, and later my ideas and plans for the future, with someone who was both impartial and experienced in facilitating these discussions"
"There are very few places where you can get such objective, independent advice from someone who has no agenda."
"In the process of my discussion with the career coach though my idea went from being a ‘pipe dream’ to something someone else was really enthusiastic about too. The coach said they thought it was brilliant and helped me to work out a bite-sized action plan which I could really use."
"Thank you for all your help. You really made me believe in myself and I had a good and really confident interview. I know I have gained confidence which I know I will work on in my new band 7 post."
"It was extremely helpful having sessions spread over a few months so that I was able to understand how I myself changed over time. The sessions provoked thought, asked questions I do not regularly ask myself."
"I just wanted to thank you again for all your help and for helping me see that there is an area of medicine that I enjoy. Without your help, I would have given up and never seen this."
F1 Trainee who considered leaving medicine
"This has been cathartic."
Consultant who attended a career planning workshop
Questions and queries?
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