In a real rut at the moment with work and looking at other career options. I currently work as a PA at a University but really need a change. Exploring the possibility of medical secretarial work and was wondering how people got into this? I know that Pitman offer a course but it's very expensive. Anyone done the course?
Hi. I agree that previous admin/pa experience should be enough to get you into a role. You may find though that you have to work your way up, start as an audio typist on a band 2 just to get used to medical terminology, gain some nhs experience, etc then go up to a med sec on a band 3, then a senior med sec/office supervisor on a 4 and then you can continue up the pay ladder if you want.
The nhs have a staff flexi bank, which is a bit of a faff to sign up with, but once you're on it you can pick and choose your assignments. My trust rarely hires temps externally - it's all internal bank staff. A lot of the temps then go into the role they have been covering as permanent staff.