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Getting through the interview. FAQ about Q.

27 May, 16 | by Ian Wacogne


So there’s maybe a few things that you’ve always wanted to ask about Consultant interview questions but never quite found someone to speak to … or perhaps found someone who you could ask but feel too daft to do so … well.

Once again we’ve got Ian, Vin & Helen to rescue you.


(Guest post) No more broken backs

24 May, 16 | by Guest Post

131001donkeystraw1In this guest post, Gabriella Morley reflects on her experience as a just-qualified doctor in paediatrics in Birmingham, UK, and what the experience of the “Learning From Excellence” model feels like to those under the greatest strain at the moment – junior doctors in England.

It could probably be said that this was one of the most turbulent and uncertain years for doctors in the NHS. Yet the contractual dispute was the proverbial last straw causing the final break in our backs. For a long time now, morale in the NHS has been fading.

I didn’t really get this though before I started life as an FY1 back in August ’15. How could people be dissatisfied, frustrated or, frankly, just down right fed up when they are doing, what I perceive, is a very meaningful job?Of course that’s naive, but until you’re in its hard to fully appreciate just how stretched the system is. Now I know, there is a constant in our hospitals which is a backdrop to our day: tension. It’s almost palpable. We feel under pressure constantly quite simply because there is demand greater than our supply. The beds are full, the A and E swamped and ‘crisis’ is becoming a norm. We worry about what our next shift might have in store for us as the rota gaps get more prevalent and the workload intensifies. We are scared that this struggling system may mean we slip causing damage to the very people we so badly want to help. It’s thus not surprising that morale, “the level of psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future”, is looking a bit peaky.


Getting through the interview. On the day.

20 May, 16 | by Ian Wacogne

Picture1After your pre-interview visit you’ve reconfirmed your desire for this job, and the day of the interview approaches.

The interview process is fairly standardised around the UK, since the NHS has very strict standards about how to appoint consultants.  (1, 2, 3)  This will obviously differ across the world, but the basic principles should be similar.


Technically speaking it isn’t an interview panel – it’s an appointments advisory board, whose job is to advise the trust board on an appointment.  But since you’ll think of it as an interview panel, and for all intents and purposes it is, then we’ll refer to it as such.  more…

Join in with @ADC_JC and become a better doctor

17 May, 16 | by dking

It is a rarely challenged dogma in clinical medicine that the more experienced you are, the better care you provide. The government is pushing for consultants to be in hospital on a more consistent basis over seven days and the RCPCH have a target that all children admitted acutely should be reviewed by a paediatric consultant within twelve hours.

But surprisingly there is no strong evidence in the literature that more experienced doctors provide better care, however that is defined. Indeed, it seems the converse may be true. more…

Getting through the interview. Before.

13 May, 16 | by Ian Wacogne

Picture1Congrats! You got shortlisted for the interview!

Now all you have to do is get through the process so that if, on the day, you are the best person, you are able to appear at your best, and you stand a good chance of getting appointed.

This begins with the pre-interview visits … you need to visit if are short listed, even if you are the local candidate.  In fact, especially if you are the local candidate.  more…

ADCE – Another innovation

11 May, 16 | by Bob Phillips

downloadIt might be a chemotherapy regimen (Actinomycin, Dox, Carboplatin & Etoposide). It might be a bad attempt at the alphabet by a melissophobic.

But no.

It’s our constant striving to innovate and excite, occasionally with positive results. Ethically. more…

Filling in the application – understanding the person specification

6 May, 16 | by Ian Wacogne

Picture1We realise that you’ve had to wait five years until this post made sense, but thanks to the amazing system of curation we have in the ADC blog posts and the way it burned into your memory we’re delighted you’re back.

It’s time to fill in the application form. The submission of a good application requires that you’ve done some interesting things (see previous post), and display the characteristics required in the person specification.  And the person specification is what we’re going to concentrate on here.


Child Well-being

4 May, 16 | by Bob Phillips

Acorn_PNG743We, the child health community, are proud to focus on ‘well-being’ much more than numerical things, like fractional shortening, GFR or HbA1c*.

In a recent discussion, it was identified that there has been a sociological academic discussion on looking at how interventions in childhood are more about well-becoming rather than well-being.

Which intrigued me … more…

What you should have done 5 years ago

30 Apr, 16 | by Ian Wacogne

Picture1You read the trailer, you discussed it with your pals over coffee, animated a snapchat story about it .. and now’s episode 1, AKA: “Regrets”

Frankly, and we need to be honest with you, if you’re a month or two from applying for a senior post, and if this is the first time you’ve thought about this, then you’ve left it too late.   If you’re reading this four or five years ahead of application, that’s about right.   Here’s the sort of things you should have been doing years ahead of applying for a consultant post.


>n: Card sorting

26 Apr, 16 | by Bob Phillips

030414_2232_Breathdeepb1.jpgSometimes in interview work there will be a desire to find out about how and why people make decisions. This can be done in lots of ways – for example, using discrete choice experiments, scenarios/vignettes, multiple choice questions, or card sorting exercises. more…

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