Studying at Imperial College can seem like the perfect recipe for falling ill. One part stress, two parts exhaustion and liberal dashes of damp, pollen and air pollution mean that lots of students – myself included – have to deal with being sick in London at some point.
Thankfully, the NHS is around to offer quality care, but navigating it can be tricky, as I’ve since learned. For example, many people think that the NHS is free but that’s not exactly true. It’s free at the point of care. This means that only the services you access at NHS clinics or hospitals are free.
Back in October I joined final year medical students from all over the country, by applying for a job for next year. This was quite an exciting moment, with planning and excitement in deciding what area of the country I would like to work in for the next 2 years!
The programme for jobs is currently national, so all expected graduates rank areas of the country (‘deaneries’) in order of preference. There are over 20 areas, some as large as Scotland, others as small as North West London, and you have to rank them all (harder than it sounds!). The scheme provides jobs for the next 2 years, and it is a great opportunity for many to move to a new area of the country to try; if you don’t like it there it’s not that long!.