Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Work in the NHS

AMSPAR stands for Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators, and receptionist. Has two main roles: to support workers in this region, and to promote the qualification. Also granting body recognized by the British Department for Education and Skills, they have several certificates than can help you get a job in the NHS. Four they can award certificate is:

     1. The Diploma in Primary Care Management, Level 5
     2. Advanced Diploma for Medical Secretaries, 3rd Floor
     3. Intermediate Diploma in Medical Reception, 2nd Floor
     4. Certificate in Medical Terminology for Non-Clinical Professionals, Level 3

Intermediate Diploma in Medical Reception

The first certificate worth doing if you do not have a job in the NHS is number three on the list above - Intermediate Diploma in Medical Reception, Level 2. Getting a qualification you can get a job as a frontline staff member at a health center, for example. In this kind of work, you will meet and greet patients as they come, set an appointment, in cooperation with doctors and nurses, etc. Known as IDMR, it is a qualification which is recognized nationally in the UK.

This course consists of four modules, and you must pass each one to obtain the qualification. All four modules are:

      * Module 1 - Health, Community and Social Services
      * Module 2 - Medical Office Practice and Reception Skills
      * Module 3 - Medical Aspects of Work Acceptance
      * Module 4 - Medical Reception Work Experience

You must pass three written exams, and of course the task. Module 4, work experience, is a complex module. However, a good provider should be able to arrange this for you. (To see a list of approved course providers, visit this page on your site AMSPAR

This course lasted for about 12 months, and can be done by a graduate school, and adult students.

Advanced Diploma for Medical Secretaries

Advanced Diploma for Medical Secretaries can be a good next step, after you get
a IDMR. You can, however, take the Medical Secretary Diploma without obtaining a certificate Medical Reception. Do not be misled by the title, by the way: This qualification is for people who want to become secretary of Medicine, than the people who had become secretary of Medicine.

Medical Secretary, you have a wider choice when it comes to where you work: hospitals, general practice, private practice, research, pharmaceutical industry, and many more besides. But your main task is hard to pin down! Consultation with patients and health workers is one way to look at the job. May be involved audio typing and medical word processing, though. Many people, both male and female, are taking this qualification as a way for management posts.

There are five modules to complete this qualification:

      * Module 1 - Administration and Legal Aspects relating to the NHS and Social Services
      * Module 2 - Business Documentation to the Secretary of the Medical Practices
      * Module 3 - Medical Office Practice
      * Module 4 - Medical Aspects of Work Secretary
      * Module 5 - Work Experience

You must pass four written exams, graduation to get work experience, as well as tickets to audio typing and medical word processing. May take up to two years before you get the qualifications, so there are a lot of work involved.

But if you want to start in the NHS, and not like a nursing job, then get one of the two qualifications can be a good step.


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