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A previous career in nursing would be valuable in studying medicine. Not only will you have more basic medical knowledge and skills than many of your peers, but you will also be more aware of what you are letting yourself in for. In my experience, graduates studying medicine often have a greater degree of application to their studies than those, like me, who come straight from school. This may be due to greater maturity and experience of higher education. In the future, an article comparing your experiences as a trainee in both nursing and medicine might make interesting reading in BMJ Careers.
Non-training posts-These further divide into non-consultant career grade posts (NCCGs, though the preferred term is now staff and associate specialist group (SASG)) and training equivalent posts. NCCGs/SASGs consist of staff grade posts (at SpR level) and associate specialist (at virtual consultant level). These posts are usually offered as