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I have just received an offer of a summer placement from Lloyds which I am very pleased about, however I am desperate for a hospital placement! I had a week’s hospital placement over the summer and loved it. I now feel I have two options:
1) Accept the Lloyds placement and continue hoping for a hospital placement after my community placement.
2) Decline the offer from Lloyds and focus on just getting a hospital placement.
To complicate matters further I am meant to be going on holiday to Sardinia during the period of the Lloyds placement. Ultimately I am concerned that if I decline the Lloyds placement and do not secure a hospital placement I may well end up with no placement at all!
I have already applied for 4 hospital placements and have also emailed other hospitals with a view to applying. With regard to the application process I find the distinct lack of communication between the community and hospital sectors very unhelpful and believe placements should all be organised at around the same time. I really do not know what I would do if I accepted my Lloyds placement and then got a hospital offer for the same time – I would not want to alienate a potential future employer.
What worries me further is that I have heard that same problem occurs during the pre-registration application process, however at least during this you are almost guaranteed to get a place.
Right now I think I will probably accept the Lloyds offer and keep hoping for a hospital placement starting after the community placement. Wish me luck!