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      In this new era of practicing beyond the base, trac jobs is no longer a strange thing to the ears when it comes to landing a healthcare professional job in the United Kingdom. We covered a post on how to get started with tracs a while ago HERE. But recently, the question has become “am i doing something wrong?” by many applicants who have been hanging without a luck for interview. I have taken my time to study what i did right/wrong in my time. I have also studied my friends who used trac to learn one or two things. So, let’s get to it. Pls note that this post is based on experience and it’s open to suggestions as well. I have also directed it based on nursing but i am sure it can be fashioned for other professionals as well.

      There is no perfect way to apply. Believe me when i say this. Forget about those things you have heard, do this and do that, i have also heard all manner of things. Funny thing is how many people don’t even know about it and they land a job at the end of the day. This does not excuse the fact that you should know some basic things.


      1. Background Knowledge: It’s not just about wanting to desperately land a job. It’s very important to know about the platform you are using and the platform you want to land. What i mean is simple, what are the things to know about where you are going? Where area would you want to narrow down your search? London? Midlands? Consider the costs, speciality of job and all. I have seen friends who got to UK and are already considering changing trust within 2 months because they hate everything about the department, the process and system of promotion. What about those that are regretting the environment because of their spouse and prospect of raising their kids there?

      So this is my advice- get on google and research about United kingdom, nursing in different parts of it and know about rents crime rates, council development and all. As much as i can try, you can drop your questions on this post, i will try to answer them to support you on your application. I will find time to discuss the bills and things to expect financially via text or in my new live radio events coming up soon.

      In all, research well before you jump into applications.

      2. After getting good information about which department or area you want to work, it’s time to check yourself and prepare your application. Many people go by department without considering the area, that’s fine too. Now, the best way to explain this second point is does your CV reflect on the area you want to work? You are applying for Emergency Department and your previous experience is showing that you have only worked in Labour wards, funny yeah? That’s it. Tweak your application to match what you are applying for, that way, you have chances of getting the job.


      3. Face the reality, whether you have the most beautiful supporting statement in the world or not, some employers don’t need you!. And then, some don’t even read your application. There are some trusts with about five thousand  applications. Some go by “first come first serve”, i am very sure of this.  Some of my friends who applied to a trust just after one another got invitation just after another. The same for interview and now, they are in the same place. So, when you are wondering why if you have done something wrong, you have not. Keep on applying.

      4. Some basic checks include:

      a. Type of visa: except you are a citizen already or a dependent, if you are an oversea nurse with no UK related visa experience, your bet is : no right to work in Uk, will need a certificate of sponsorship for clearance”. Your option of visa should be something like that.

      b. NMC experience: for oversea nurses: NMC application required and applied for. This is because you have not fully qualified. You have taken cbt but not OSCE yet. Make it known in your supporting statement that you have passed the test of competence with required english scores and are only waiting for OSCE.

      c. Does nmc require you to have supervised practice: This mean that can you function on your own when you start work? The answer is No. So, NMC requires you to have supervised practice of about 3 months by a mentor to put your through adaptation and your visa condition states you will write and pass OSCE before reach 6 months in the UK.

      d. References: Pls be very careful at this junction to ensure that as much as possible, you use a work email of your employer. If there is no work email, no worries, make sure you have someone who has a functioning email in case your employer prefers any email. And then, it is required that you use references with 3 years coverage. This means your references should amass three years. If your job reference does not cover 3 years, you can add your school HOD or someone to be a character reference for 3 years.

      I will keep on developing this post when i see need for updates. So, you can help by dropping questions under this post so we can develop it better. Questions from applications to answers for specific parts.



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