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Confessions of a newly qualified vet - CPD: What is it all about and where can I find it?

Our newly qualified vet shares ideas and inspiration for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - where as a new vet you can gain points for CPD and the benefits of being part of a corporate graduate scheme... 

Keeping Your Optical Patients Happy

A busy diary, emergency patients and a manager constantly mentioning conversion rates at you. The daily life within an optometry job has its perils. Despite this, you need to remember that you are there for the patient and a happy patient is one that will trust you and return to you in the future.

Succeeding in your optometry practice role whilst still a student

Francesca Marchetti is the Councilor for the Association of Optometrists, as well as an experienced Clinical Liaison Lead at Midland Eye in Solihull.

**GP Job News** Prospect Health's GP Salary and Workplace Survey 2019 - What do GPs value most at work?

GPs value their colleagues over their working environment and workload – why are GP Practice colleagues so valuable?

Taking the leap into first opinion practice

 The jump (or should I say gargantuan leap) from university life into your first veterinary job is an absolutely terrifying, but also an incredibly exciting prospect. It's one others can do very little to help you prepare for and it is a different experience for absolutely every new graduate vet out there. It would be stupid for me to try and write a blog post with a list of advice on how to settle seamlessly into practice; every experience is different and there's no 'one piece fits all' advice that I can share. What I will do however is share with you my experiences and the tips and tricks that have helped me settle into practice life. Hopefully that way you'll have an insight into the difficulties I have faced and what I have done to overcome them.

**GP JOB NEWS** Commissioning GP roles - skills you need and how to get involved

What is commissioning and how can I help in my GP job?

Top 5 Reasons to Recruit Before Christmas

Contrary to popular belief now is the time to start your recruitment campaign. As recruiters we are aware of the stigma around the festive period but in our experience, for those clients who have bucked the trend and started their recruitment pre-Christmas, the results are impressive.

Unravelling rotations by Dogtor Smith

It's a guaranteed somewhat sleepless night before you start your first rotation. For me, it was a combination of Christmas eve excitement (yes, I'm finally doing it) and pre-exam dread (I don't know anything)! I'm therefore hoping that the following blog will help open your eyes to what rotations involve and help ease some of the undoubted nerves. 

**GP Job News** Developing a GP Portfolio Career – Striking the balance

Starting your career as a GP is an exciting time and here at Prospect Health we work with a variety of practices who offer newly qualified GPs great first jobs. The first few months in a new GP job can be fast paced, information overload and at times stressful but within six months or so, the majority of new GPs find their rhythm and naturally; some start to think about what’s next?

Communicating Effectively When Communication Is Difficult

Our careers working as an optometrist or dispensing optician will have us see many thousands of patients, each with their own preferences and individual needs. As a healthcare professional, we will need to be adaptable and make sure the information we provide is communicated effectively to everyone that we deal with. In most cases, this comes naturally with our daily encounters with the general public; but on occasion, we will encounter those that can have restrictions in how they communicate and/or understand things or may even mis-lead us in what they communicate. It is our duty to ensure that the needs of everyone under our care are catered to and this blog post will look at ways to navigate such encounters accordingly.