Rating

8.1/10
  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • Shadowing doctors and healthcare professionals as they complete ward rounds, follow up tests (e.g. bloods) and perform procedures in theatres. I was also able to sit in on multiple MDT meetings and clinics (e.g. outpatients).

    8/10

  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Communication with different groups of people, time management, insight into medicine and the rigors of being a doctor, passion for the subject. Also understood the variety of professionals involved.

    7/10

  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I noticed that my confidence grew across the week. I went back for another week the following year, shadowing a different team.

    9/10

  • 4. How valued do you feel by NHS?
  • As a work experience student, you are the lowest rung on the ladder but despite doctors being very busy, they are always happy to answer questions at the appropriate times and enjoy teaching students. By consultants to F1s alike.

    8/10

  • 5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • There isn't much structure to the day as you just follow the team during the day. This means that the lack of structure does not particularly matter, in my opinion.

    6/10

  • 6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
  • As this is a work experience placement there is little day-to-day support. However,the coordinator is easily accessible via email, phone or in person and the doctors are also happy to answer questions.

    8/10

  • 6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • As this is a work experience placement there is little day-to-day support. However,the coordinator is easily accessible via email, phone or in person and the doctors are also happy to answer questions.

    8/10

  • 7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
  • As this is a work experience placement there was no cost or salary.

    10/10

  • 8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
  • As this is a work experience placement I was not there to for opportunities outside of work, but we met lots of other students there at the time so it was very sociable.

    9/10

  • 9. Would you recommend NHS to a friend?
  • Yes


  • 9b. Why?
  • Thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and intellectually stimulating. Gives a good insight into the hectic nature of medicine. Also good for experience to help build personal statement.


  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to NHS?
  • Ensure you apply as early as possible and give a wide range of dates to increase your chances of being offered a placement. Get lots of sleep the nights before to ensure you have lots of energy as you will be on your feet all day!!


Details

Work Experience

Medicine, Science & Pharmaceutical

South West

May 2017


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