1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I was basically a work experience student who shadowed doctors and worked with them. My tasks included helping the doctors with their tasks so they could talk to the patient without having to do stuff e.g. make tea or bring them water etc. I also did some math calculations for one doctor in particular who wanted to see how much I knew about the data. Other than that, I didn't have many responsibilities apart from talking to patients to make them feel comfortable.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I improved my communication and realised how vital it is to tailor your approach to each individual. I learnt the value of teamwork and leadership and understood how doctors make a fraction of an actual team and that the role and responsibilities vary greatly from each member of the team.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed it very much and even though it was only for a week, I loved the environment and how I could potentially do something new every day.
4. How valued do you feel by NHS?
I felt valued but what was more surprising was how I wish I was working there fulltime. It was a great experience and I hope I can be a part of it in the future.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well organised. The timetable was quite convenient apart from a few late changes.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received all the support I needed. I was even given their number so I could contact them anytime if I had an issue and they would help me.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I wasn't employed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Not paid. Was work experience.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Again, I couldn't say since it was only a work experience week.
9. Would you recommend NHS to a friend?
I think they look after you and provide you with an environment to work where you feel valued.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to NHS?
If you love people, apply here. Be a strong communicator and have the can-do attitude to have the best possible chance.
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