Category: IMG

Payslips & Income Tax

Each month, your pay and any deductions will be summarised to you in the form of a payslip. You should check your payslip every month to ensure you’re not being overtaxed or underpaid. Pay extra attention when you’re switching rotations or doing locum shifts as this is when issues commonly arise.

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Claiming Tax Relief

This article is about claiming tax relief on essential things for your job – such as your GMC registration, BMA subscription, indemnity insurance and exams. Understanding exactly how your pay & tax work is covered in a separate article. It is important to claim as it is a significant sum of money – 20% back

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Understanding Types of Homes

Patients may live or be discharged to a wide variety of social care settings and understanding these is important for any foundation doctor. This can help you have conversations with patients and their families about the services the patient may already have in place on admission or will have on discharge. If you’re looking to

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Reviewing and Requesting Bloods

Here we focus on blood tests requests for a variety of common scenarios you might see in practice and also common further tests you may do as a result of the first abnormality. When ordering blood tests remember three rules What are “routine” blood tests? Routine bloods usually means FBC, U&Es & CRP. For some,

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Requesting Scans

Requesting scans can be a scary daily occurrence for new doctors. It is one of few times where you liaise directly with a consultant. Introduction When requesting scans, there are two simple questions you have to ask yourself: Usually, most requests are through a computer system. It is important that the information you provide answers

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Microbiology Discussions

A lot of your time as an FY1 will be spent on the phone to various other specialities. You’ll come across patients with infections in all your rotations, and – if they don’t present with one – it may develop during admission. So, it’s a good idea to make talking to Microbiology as productive (and

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Surviving Ward Rounds

It takes time to get used to the ward round. Particularly, when patients are being seen so fast it seems impossible to document properly. The most important tip is to ask your colleagues currently doing the job to explain how it works and any tips they have. FY1s also frequently contribute these explanations & tips

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Discharge Planning

It is important for junior doctors to understand what the discharge planning process involves so you can have an active role in multidisciplinary team meetings. This article focuses on discharging home with an appropriate package of care but discharge planning also involves discharging to different types of homes (which is discussed in another article). Introduction

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Dealing with difficult colleagues

This is a tricky area to cover as it can be challenging to us both personally and professionally when things don’t go well with a colleague, particularly when we know that this might impact patient care and/or our own mental health. The longer these negative interactions go on, the more likely they are to significantly

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On Call Tips

FY1s are usually most apprehensive about being on call, but it is also the shift you will usually learn the most. Predominantly as an FY1 you will be doing ward cover shifts and so that is what we will focus on below, with templates to improve your documentation. A brief overview of the types of on

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