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    Hello all,

    So I'm applying for GEM this September, aware that this might be the last year that the current 4 year course style runs due to changes in the pre-registration etc.

    Now I've done some shadowing, a week's worth of work experience and am applying to do some volunteering but I really would like to do HCA ideally in-hospital ahead of applying.

    I've looked around a bit but I'm a little lost because I haven't done any NVQ or have experience in a care setting which is a major hurdle when looking to apply to these types of jobs.

    Does anybody have any advice for someone like me? I would like to be able to work on the bank if possible also so I could pick up extra shifts; I need to be working 40+ hours a week ideally in order to save for my course fees!

    Sometimes the jobs are called different things so use the filter function on the NHS jobs site to show all Band 2 and 3 posts in the area you can travel to. Chances are some of them only have the NVQ as a desirable rather than essential. Write about your flexibility and willingness to put in long hours etc. Focus on why you would be good at the job in the application. If there are any fixed term positions try those too. They may want to put people who can commit more than a year into the permanent posts.

    Also consider clerking, admin or portering as once you get in you can network for extra experiences I used to admin for HEE and I got some awesome shadowing and experiences out of it even though as a job it had zero patient contact.

    What are your skills/degree background?

    Good luck! It took me three years :cry:

    Hi Doctor Ted

    I had a similar problem as all the hospitals around me insist on at least NVQ 2. So I decided to do home care first, then managed to work in a residential home. From there after 6 months experience I was able to sign on with an agency to do HCA in a hospital. I started last week and so far have worked on 3 very different types of wards. This week I am on 3 different wards again. I think this is fantastic experience and insight. I also work in theatres in a private hospital and although not the same type of experience as the care job it has been really good from an observing point of view as I often work around the theatre teams and see little bits going on.

    I hope to apply too this year in my final degree year but if I don't get in I will continue with current jobs gaining experience.

    All the best
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