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    From a colleague and a member of the Police Family ... #HELP4MILLIE All details can be found on https://www.gofundme.com/millievbt This is Millie’s story…… This is my daughter Millie who is 14 years of age. She has been diagnosed with Scoliosis - a debilitating condition causing curvature of the spine. Usually this is corrected through the wearing of a brace for 20hrs a day but Millies condition has developed beyond this stage and urgent spinal surgery is necessary. An x-ray revealed a severe curve of 44 degrees. Bracing is ineffective past 40 degrees. We couldnt believe what we were seeing on the X-ray because on the outside she looks normal but inside her body is twisting. What affects Millie more is that her whole life has been dedicated to dance and her future aspirations have always been in the dance and theatre world. She is the West Yorkshire 2016 Ballet champion and is the East Midlands Junior Modern Champion 2017. She is hoping to compete in the Champions of Champions in 2018 at Blackpool and has just nominated for a scholarship at the International Theatre Awards in February 2019. Millie has previously appeared in West End performances, Local festive Pantomime productions and numerous shows. You could say she’s good at what she’s passionate about! As with many cases of Scoliosis in teenagers, the 'watch and wait' was not an option for Millie. She needs surgery as soon as possible before her curve progresses further. I spent weeks researching and talking to other affected parents in the UK who have flown to America for a life changing operation not yet available in the UK. This is called Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) and is a revolutionary new procedure which minimises the risks and maximises her flexibility post operation which would support her in her life long goals. The procedure offered by our local NHS children’s hospital involves spinal fusion and the insertion of metal rods and pins onto her spine ultimately limiting her movement and creating life long chronic back pain. This is more on the condition : http://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/Services/A-Z/ScottishNationalSpineDeformityService/Spine%20Conditions%20and%20Operations/Pages/Anterior-Vertebral-Body-Tethering-(AVBT).aspx In order to provide Millie with the best opportunity for the VBT procedure it will be necessary secure her treatment at The Shriners hospital for Children in Philadelphia who are pioneers of this type of surgery which has been practiced for over 10 years. ( https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/philadelphia/scoliosis-and-spine-care1) This hospital is a charity organisation funded by donations from the public. We would love to raise as much money as possible to donate to this fantastic hospital who will hopefully be providing Millie with this life changing spinal surgery together with supporting Millies care pre surgery in travel and accommodation costs, medication costs and post operative care both in the US and back in the UK for the following years of her growth, probably until she reaches the age of 19. This would be the best option for Millie however as the eligibility criteria and with a collapsing time frame, we may not get to the US and have to chose another spinal clinic in Europe who offer the same procedure at a cost of 40000 euros. All we ask that anyone who has the ability to give and make a difference will not only be supporting Millie and her family - but this amazing hospital who’s aim is to help children across the world with debilitating conditions such as Scoliosis. As the NHS offer no funding for this treatment is it necessary to fund raise to guarantee our little ballerina has a chance to fulfil her lifelong aspirations. Any support, however small, you could give would be greatly appreciated and would help this wonderful hospital to continue to do the incredible work they do but more importantly - do what they can for our daughter. Please support us. Thank you so much from Millies Family
  2. Advice required..passed final interview

    Good Afternoon Guys, I hope someone on here can help, so I attended a final interview back in November of last year to be told I had passed the final interview but unfortunately couldn't guarantee me an intake as there wasn't enough vacancies. they have advised that should a place open up on the intakes planned for this year or any further intakes my application could be fast tracked to pre employment stages etc. They have advised on keeping my application on hold for a minimum of 12 months, what I want to know is it worth to do so or look to apply for another force if recruitment opens? has anyone had any success with this? and also what is required for my application to be considered? is it people dropping out from intakes or budgets being revealed? and what is the likely hood of something coming up? it's quite disheartening to go through a whole process, pass everything and not progress even the website states 'candidates who pass the final interview WILL be given a conditional offer of employment , sounds like a guarantee to me so to say I was surprised when I found this out is an understatement. Again I would really appreciate it if any advice can be given on this or offer any help. thanks guys.
  3. Unfortunately despite the police being a dream job I am thinking seriously about leaving the job. I'm fed up of being criticised for every decision, unmanageable workload, being short staffed in a busy city and having no support from managers. I have just under three years in so not a great amount of time. Has anyone been in this position or know of people that have left the job and come through the other side? Apart from the obvious being security are there any other jobs that may look favourably on a bit of police experience? Thanks in advance
  4. HELP!!! I am having a nightmare at the moment. I have my LONG awaited start date coming up in 2 weeks and 2 months ago developed plantar fasciitis It is a horrible horrible pain in my feet, which is all honestly is improving VERY slowly! For anyone who isn't sure what it is it is basically it is what is like a shock absorber on the bottom of your foot that connects your heel and top part of your foot and causing massive pain when walking. It happens in the morning and evening mostly. So during the day I feel pretty ok although I am not sure how running etc would go down. My issue is.... Do I tell my force about this and explain I will be fine during my first 3 months of classroom training? or do I such it up and hope for the best come January when I will be out on the streets!? So torn on what the right thing to do is. Just don't want anymore set backs to my start date!
  5. How do I protect myself?

    Hello All, I am not a police officer, I am actually a teacher. As part of my job, I have to travel to new students homes and teach piano. As part of this, I often have large amounts of cash on me, I stop off at the bank as often as I can, but sometimes I am wandering around with £150+ on me. I often worry about what would happen if somebody tried holding me against my will, or mugging me. I do not carry any weapons (or anything that I could defend myself with). I have looked into getting FARB Gel, but I worry that it will not disable an attacker, and merely provoke them. I do not want to carry a panic alarm, as if I am trapped in a house, I couldn't imagine it being helpful. Is there any advice, or anything that I could carry in the event of the unthinkable? Thanks all, P.S. I leave a timetable of where I am at what time with a family member. This is the only protection I have.
  6. Home Visit

    It's been a while since I've posted on this blog, mainly because nothing's been happening. I attended my medical which went smoothly, but involved waiting for 4 hours with other candidates in the piping hot waiting room of a converted semi detached. Aside from that it's just been chasing up references and trying to extend my son's vocabulary past "dog", "mum", "dad" and "gone" (which is apparently now a noun used to refer to a bin) Late this morning I got a call from my local Neighbourhood Sergeant asking for a home visit. Nearly an hour later and the kettle was on and I was panic shaving the mess that I haven't bothered to touch since my interview at the start of the month. The home visit was the part of the process that really intrigued me, having not made it to this stage before it was a complete unknown although some of the saints on here gave me at least an inkling of what to expect. The first test was a fairly simple one - white tea none. I didn't get any feedback on that but there was no vomiting so I'm taking it as a pass The visit essentially consisted of an ID check, around 20 questions designed to find out my attitudes towards drugs, binge drinking and right wing political groups as well as making sure that there was nothing that I hadn't failed to declare on my vetting forms. The questions were fairly formal, but after they were out the way I had an opportunity to sit and have a cuppa with a serving supervisor who could answer any questions about the job in a formal setting. Just the vetting to wait back on now so hopefully this time next week I'll have a final offer of employment Hopefully...
  7. PAYE Number

    Hi all. I'm still waiting on access to the BTP members area so I'll have to post here. Could anyone give me the PAYE number for BTP so I can complete a tax relief form? Thanks in advance. Tom
  8. Day 2 Assessment: "Group Activities"

    Hi All, I'm a relative newbie to the forum who has recently passed the Assessment Centre and has now been invited to a second assessment. This has been described as a "group activity" based on the Policing Professional Framework. I was wondering if anybody has had any experience with this type of assessment and if they might be able to outline what might occur? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks. DJ
  9. Hi all, If it's alright with the mods, I'd like to leave a link to my blog post here as it'll probably be more easily found by those who it'll be helpful to. I am an interviewer for SC assessment days in my force and have written a substantial blog post about a few common issues and some do's & dont's which lead to people failing their interviews. Anyone who is applying or thinking about it, please feel free to have a read, you may find it helpful. Please also read the top introductory section of the blog, I am an interviewer for SCs in one force and as such what I say may more, less or even not at all helpful as things differ around the country. Anyway, hopefully some of you will make use of it. Any general questions about interviews feel free to leave a comment on the blog or PM me. Thanks HPE
  10. Nice to see a paper reporting the police in a good light for a change http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/bride-groom-arrive-wedding-police-6151315
  11. This popped up on my Facebook page earlier, so I shall leave it here.
  12. Filling out the application form

    I'm currently filling out an application form for the regs and I have downloaded the word document from the constabulary website. If you see below it says "you should make it clear what their relationship to you is, i.e. if you are referring to your full sister you should delete brother, half and step. My problem is that I can only edit the parts in grey as it is a protected form. I've tried following a tutorial online to unlock the form and it's also password protected. Then I'm led on to a page which tells me how to remove the password protection, but surely they can't have made it this hard! I was thinking about just writing "Full brother" and then my brothers name, however it clearly says to remove the text. I think this form is the one that most forces use so I'm sure some people may have run into this problem before. Any suggestions? If anybody wants to download the application form and have a go here's the link Application Form
  13. Emergency Button Use - Examples please

    Hi all. I'm curious about how and when the police Emergency Assistance buttons are used. What kind of situations may call for it? And I'm assuming that in terms of response teams / patrols, they are normally done in pairs, so I'm guessing use of the button would mean something pretty hairy right?
  14. High Blood Pressure

    Morning all So, I've been getting nosebleeds now, on average, once a week. These last between 2-4 minutes and they are thick, heavy bleeds. The last time I had these was when I was in the army at 17 and that was due to high blood pressure. Friday, I had a nosebleed at around 1800hrs. Then I was out on duty from 2000 x 0400 and the paramedic who I work with took my blood pressure. It was alarmingly high at 167/102 (I'm told for someone my age it should be at 120/80) So I was told to go see my GP asap.. Saturday morning in the bath- nosebleed. Starts gushing out. Ruins my bath. Great. So I gave 111 a call and they advised me to go to A&E within the hour - I told them I didn't and it was a bit of a fuss. Anyway.. About 10 minutes before my mother was taking me to A&E and probably 30-40 minutes after the phone call, another nosebleed. This time it was only a very small, light one. Seen by the doctor in the hospital and I was in and out within an hour. He reckons is secondary hypertension, so I said secondary to what? Doctor doesn't know so said to make an appointment with my GP to arrange blood tests and all other things to see what's going on, exactly. Saturday evening - around 1750hrs, stood in the queue for some food. Got to the front of the queue, nosebleed. Wasn't happy! Has anyone had any experiences like this? I have my medical for a police force in about 2 months time - will high BP affect me passing? Any advice. Someone. Please. Cheers
  15. Okay, I'll keep it brief. New strange bit of witchcraft in the house, apparently it does some kinda magic after pressing a few buttons... Though it is better than the old one as you don't need a degree in engineering and be proficient at flying an aircraft to get it to work and be on the right setting! only thing is... even at a low RPM it really does not like me and I have to make sure it doesn't make a bit for freedom... Floor is level as floors generally are and the little spinny legs on the front are even. Even at 600RPM it likes to play a game and try to run away or likes to knock seven shades out of the adjacent kitchen unit.... any ideas???
  16. SkyHD TVLink

    Can't seem to get my TVLink devices to work.   I had standard Sky+ up to a few days agao.  This old grey box had the RF in and outs on the back.  This fed into a powered splitter that then fed two other TV's, one in the bedroom and one in the office.  The bedroom TV we shall call TV2 and the office TV3, TV1 is the downstairs TV directly connected to the box.  Both TV2 and TV3 had a TVLink device manufactured by Global Communications attached.  Everthing worked fine.   Now received a SKY+HD box.  This is the newest type with integrated WiFi.  There is no RF In and Out on the rear but it does have a I/O port.   I have connected a Triax RF I/O device ( http://cpc.farnell.com/triax/370419/io-link-triax/dp/AP02859?crosssellid=AP02859&crosssell=true&in_merch=true& ) with dual RF out.  I have also enabled the RF2 output in the settings on the box.  I have retuned the TV's 2 and 3.   I can receive pictures and Sound on TV2 and TV3 but I am having trouble changing the channels with the TVLinks.  When I first connected it TV2 TVLink worked, then I connected TV3 but the TVLink wouldn't work.  I unplugged the TVLink for TV2 and then TV3 worked.  Wow.  I assumed it was a lack of power in the Triax RF I/O so I connected the power supply to it (bear in mind both these TV's go through a splitter that is powered from the mains).  I then unplugged TV3 TVLink and tried TV2 TVLink again but it didn't work.  Now I can't get the TVLink on TV2 to work at all no matter what configuration I use.   Anyone any ideas?  I have read up on decoupled patch cables and shielding as well as moving it away from the main device and have yet to try these things but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience and what you did.   I hope all of the above makes sense.  It's massively frustrating.   P.S. Sky refuse to help as they don't want you attaching two TV's to the box as they want you to pay for multiroom, they don't even like you attaching a second if they are honest but they have begrudgingly added the RF I/O socket for this.   Thanks in advance.

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