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January and July Changeover Advice

The transition of NCHDs in the January and July changeovers can be a stressful time.  Not only is there the financial strain of emergency taxation, the delays in securing contracts and schedules, and the considerable cost and inconvenience of relocating but with it also comes the substantial emotional hurdles and stress that accompany these changes.

Some simple tips and reminders include:

·         NCHDs on approved rotation schemes are entitled to claim relocation expenses to a maximum payment of €500. 

·         All hours you work should be recorded and paid. Any issue of non-payment should be raised within 6 months.

·         Remember you can avoid emergency tax and get paid properly by notifying Revenue of your new employer. If you have worked before you just need to give Revenue the registration number of your new employer and the start date.  A good guide to starting work is at Revenue's website - http://www.revenue.ie/en/personal/faqs/starting-work-tax.html

In most other professions, individuals change jobs only a few times in their lifetime, however NCHDs undergo this process multiple times.

The learning curve is steep, and it often takes a few weeks for most individuals to settle in and feel entirely at ease with their responsibilities.

Over the course of a rotation, the relationship you build with your colleagues evolves into something akin to a family (with all its positive and negative aspects), but it does take considerable time to reach that point. The initial weeks can be quite solitary and nerve-wracking.

There are several steps that hospital management can take to facilitate this transition. Ensuring that the induction process is as pertinent as possible would be beneficial.

Small details like providing a hospital map, indicating canteen operating hours, and simplifying access to essentials like ID cards and computer logins would enhance the initial experience.

Some hospitals have initiated measures, such as compiling guides for interns outlining local attractions, gyms, and recreational activities. The intern year marks one of the most daunting transitions of all, and any efforts to make this period slightly smoother should be commended.

At these two junctures each year, it's important to recognize that feeling stress and even being overwhelmed by new situations is normal. It's perfectly acceptable not to have everything figured out right from the start. Keep in mind that with experience, things typically become easier over time.

If you have any concerns or questions about your new place of employment, particularly about your employment contract and rights, contact the IMO by emailing NCHDissues@imo.ie.