CAPITA MEDICAL

beefgirl

Midshipman
It is! They have about six per year, I think. Bizarrely my colleague a couple of miles away who started her job when I started mine, is also applying!

To join as a chaplain you have to have three years’ experience of ministry in a recognised religious body (such as the Church of England or the Methodist Church), all of which also train their ministers. (more on that in a sec)

The main difference is an interview which, I think, takes the place of the SIFT interview, with the head of your religious body. In my case that’s the “Bishop to the Forces”, whose job is to explore with prospective chaplains whether it’s something they’re called to, rather than just something they fancy doing (“are you running to the navy or away from parish ministry?” is a common question!). That interview is actually tomorrow afternoon so wish me luck

Because our sending bodies have already trained us for ministry (three years in theology college and three years “apprenticeship”), Naval training is more about turning us into sailors, so we do 15 weeks at BRNC before a transition course at Beckett House, the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre.

How about for you? Do you train as a civilian nurse first, or undergo nursing training as your phase 2?


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Oh wow! How was the interview? Sounds very complicated!
 
Can I ask. How long is it roughly between sending your forms off to capita to hearing and getting a triage call? Also what’s the email for the gp to send details too rather than posting?
Thanks
Sending off forms - triage call for me was around 2 weeks give or take.

I did have a medical condition from when I was 1 that I declared and was temporary MU. However wasn't a barrier for entry, I just had to prove from doctor everything was fine.

However, communication and correspondence between Capita and my GP was horrendous. Constant blaming the other for either not sending required paperwork or paperwork was held at the others end.
Think it took about 4-5 months from medical to get the all clear that every bit of paperwork had been received and properly signed.

If you do not have any decelerations, my guess it will be sorted fairly quickly with no hassle. However, depending on how organised your GP is, then could be anyones guess how long people can be waiting to get everything sorted and passed.

-- Regards to the email, your GP sorts all that and they have the option from Capita to send by e-mail or post. All the addresses are given on the form by Capita so you shouldn't need to worry. But probably best to let them know to send by email, as that was what I got told after all my fiasco!
 

catan-man

Midshipman
Oh wow! How was the interview? Sounds very complicated!
It went really well! The Bishop asked why I wanted to join the navy rather than remaining in parish ministry, he asked what elements of naval life I preferred to civilian ministry, and what elements I didn’t prefer (ways that civilian life would be better), to make sure I knew what I was getting into, I suppose.

We had a chat about a few other things, like training, the time I have in my current post, and so forth.

There’s still the rest of the application process that runs like anyone else’s* but he said he would be happy for me to continue on that process

* the AIB is slightly different, in that they are looking for demonstration of collaborative leadership rather than military leadership, but it’s otherwise the same


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Blossomtrumpet

Midshipman
Thank you. Had it. They are going to request medical forms from gp and that I need to do the eye test. She said not to worry about it as nothing is recent so will see cus I no my report is abit incorrect but all they have to check is the treatment and prescription history to see I have never had a course of treatment ever for anything but tonsillitis and that was antibiotics years ago. But will see.
 

Jonadame

Midshipman
Hopefully yours is a speedy process! Mine has taken a few weeks now. I phones my GP to check and they won’t complete until they receive payment from Capita (30 day payment terms). Looks like for my GP questionnaire it’s going to be about 2 months total


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kais58

Midshipman
Keep pestering them but don't expect it to be speedy, my records have just been sent to Capita, which is ~10 weeks since my triage, most of that waiting on Capita to send payment.
 

catan-man

Midshipman
Keep pestering them but don't expect it to be speedy, my records have just been sent to Capita, which is ~10 weeks since my triage, most of that waiting on Capita to send payment.
That’s really interesting: on my letter Capita stressed that they don’t do pre-payment.
 

Blossomtrumpet

Midshipman
Well I have asked about a payment and they have not said there is a payment but will chase this up Friday. Hope it don’t take that long ten weeks my god. Thank gosh for lockdown eh :/
 

catan-man

Midshipman
Well I have asked about a payment and they have not said there is a payment but will chase this up Friday. Hope it don’t take that long ten weeks my god. Thank gosh for lockdown eh :/
My timeline:
23/6: Email with date of triage call
30/5: Triage call
2/7: letter sent to my GP
8/7: I emailed my GP the letter which hadn’t arrived there yet
15/7 I emailed Capita for an update; they wrote back to say they hadn’t had it back yet
22/7: After many failed phone calls I took the letter to the GP. Turned out the GP had the letter but hadn’t done it...the secretary chivvied him.
24/7: The GP surgery rang....the letter is in the post!
 

catan-man

Midshipman
Which letter was it that you sent to your gp in the end? Thanks
The letter from capita, detailing the information they needed from my medical records. They sent it to the GP, but told me to take a copy to them if the GP didn’t receive it


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Blossomtrumpet

Midshipman
Ohh cuz I have one email off capita saying why my app is on hold. And what they require. But it actually says they are reviewing the record they currently have on file for me. Cus I have applied for the army in the past yr so I’m guessing they have some details already.?! Hence why my gp have not received the request yet?! Do capita reply on the email at all? Cuz I don’t have an email for them.
thanks.
 

Globe2020

Newbie
Thank you. Had it. They are going to request medical forms from gp and that I need to do the eye test. She said not to worry about it as nothing is recent so will see cus I no my report is abit incorrect but all they have to check is the treatment and prescription history to see I have never had a course of treatment ever for anything but tonsillitis and that was antibiotics years ago. But will see.
Good stuff! I read the paperwork and it said to send eye test and medical questionnaire together? I thought the triage call was after you sent both the medical questionnaire and eye test off?

I have an eye test booked mid September and that's it? Questions, questions, questions :confused:
 
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