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    I'm in year 12. I want to study medicine. It's currently March and so I have just over 6 months before the ucas deadline. I can't find ANY work experience. I've applied everywhere. Literally everywhere. Phoned, emailed and gone in person to all the hospitals and GPs in my area (I live in Bradford btw). I even applied to hospitals in Leeds and dewsbury. I honestly don't know what to do anymore. I haven't been accepted to any of the summer schools I applied for either. I know people will say "keep trying" but I'm running out of time. What should I do? Are there any work experience schemes in the Leeds/Bradford/West Yorkshire area that people know of?
    I can't find any voluntary work either. All the care homes in my area have said either their too full for any more volunteers or they don't accept volunteers. There is only one hospice in my city and that is full as well. What should I do?
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    It's very very very difficult to find medical WE, unless you know someone who works in the health sector(e.g. your neighbor? your relatives?
    I've applied to medical WE in 2014 and got a rejection letter a year later lmao(that is, after I bombarded the admin with phone calls, emails, letters!
    Regarding volunteering, it's slightly easier, you don't have to work in a hospice/care home/hospital to demonstrate your ability to work with people. Charity shops are always looking for volunteers. Also after school clubs, school library, community centre etc.
    good luck, I know it's hard! Don't give up! Keep pestering them!
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    Try dentists and vets. You can volunteer for charities with medical links like Cancer Research. Age Concern and British heart foundation. Most hospitals have Friends of the hospital groups so try them as well. There are also organisations supporting the elderly and disabled people who need volunteers.
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    Charity shops maybe?


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    It can be pretty tough when all the placement's go to family of staff, I feel for you. You do need to keep trying though.

    Don't feel bad or have any inhibitions - you are trying to be a future employee and if they don't have a work experience program that's their problem, not yours. Keep going until you get something.
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    In the exact same situation . Tried literally every organisation in my area, sent out emails and letters (in 2016!) and still nothing. I've worked at a charity shop for a few months but I don't know how applicable it's going to be tbh. I'm worried I've now got a lower chance just because I'm not a doctor's kid
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    Could you get to St Gemma's hospice in Leeds? They're looking for volunteers in specific areas including someone to do shopping trips for a couple of hours for the patients.http://www.st-gemma.co.uk/?p=19898

    And there is about a week left to apply for medical experience in Keighley
    http://www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/wor...rk-experience/

    My daughter managed to get experience as a normal hospital volunteer rather than specialist work experience - perhaps you've tried this but Keighley offer this too.
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    (Original post by Mother2)
    Could you get to St Gemma's hospice in Leeds? They're looking for volunteers in specific areas including someone to do shopping trips for a couple of hours for the patients.http://www.st-gemma.co.uk/?p=19898

    And there is about a week left to apply for medical experience in Keighley
    http://www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/wor...rk-experience/

    My daughter managed to get experience as a normal hospital volunteer rather than specialist work experience - perhaps you've tried this but Keighley offer this too.
    Thank you so much! I will definitely apply for the keighley work experience.
    I have tried applying for the volunteer programme at my local hospital but you have to be 17 and a half when you start volunteering and that will be in November for me which is way after the ucas deadline for personal statements. So I don't see much point in applying as I won't be able to mention it on my personal statement.
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    I sent 50 ish applications and got ONE positive reply, about 10 ish "no sorry we're full" and the rest left me hanging
    Could you maybe volunteer at a children's after school club or something of the sort? You could easily turn that into something good (working with people of all ages, maturity etc etc)
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    So I don't see much point in applying as I won't be able to mention it on my personal statement.
    Work experience isn't supposed to be a tick box exercise to give you something to write about. It's supposed to be a demonstration that you have the right qualities to be a doctor, and an opportunity to learn more about healthcare before committing a large part of your youth to a particular career.

    Even if you couldn't start until November, you'd still be able to get at least a month or two of volunteering before interviews.
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    In my city, there is a charity with links to our hospitals. Volunteers go in and spend time with patients, help out with arts and crafts etc. There are also volunteering opportunities in hospices/care homes. Volunteering in the care sector without getting some actual medical work experience is just as good, you are showing you can care for people and have good bedside manner and can interact with unwell/sometimes difficult people on a good level.

    Forgive me if I'm over stepping but I found a few volunteering opporuntities that would look good on your application - not directly medical but involve the health care sector.

    https://do-it.org/opportunities/b209...5-eb475a01ef1b <- You would be able to explain how you learnt about the other side of the NHS and not just the side you want to work in.. if that makes sense. You hear what people say and got to interact with a number of people who discussed issues and things to improve and it allowed you to get the perspective of the patient.

    https://do-it.org/opportunities/d212...b-c13e37a8f71f <- Similar to the last, you would gain experience with families and how to deal with families of patients. Shows you can understand family dynamics and support people in stressful and upsetting times.

    Even if you can't find a health care volunteering role, just working in a charity shop would show you have good people skills. That's what Universities want most of the time, of course work experience in a hospital would be amazing but volunteering in various roles (charity shop, support for families etc) would be just as good.

    https://do-it.org/opportunities/sear...radford&page=1

    That's the link for the volunteering website I got the other links from. I input health care, disabilities, hospice and mental health as the interests but you can change them with the advanced search feature. Good luck!
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    Get someone to check the quality of your applications if you wnat to give yourself the best chance.
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    (Original post by Karaleigh19)
    In my city, there is a charity with links to our hospitals. Volunteers go in and spend time with patients, help out with arts and crafts etc. There are also volunteering opportunities in hospices/care homes. Volunteering in the care sector without getting some actual medical work experience is just as good, you are showing you can care for people and have good bedside manner and can interact with unwell/sometimes difficult people on a good level.

    Forgive me if I'm over stepping but I found a few volunteering opporuntities that would look good on your application - not directly medical but involve the health care sector.

    https://do-it.org/opportunities/b209...5-eb475a01ef1b <- You would be able to explain how you learnt about the other side of the NHS and not just the side you want to work in.. if that makes sense. You hear what people say and got to interact with a number of people who discussed issues and things to improve and it allowed you to get the perspective of the patient.

    https://do-it.org/opportunities/d212...b-c13e37a8f71f <- Similar to the last, you would gain experience with families and how to deal with families of patients. Shows you can understand family dynamics and support people in stressful and upsetting times.

    Even if you can't find a health care volunteering role, just working in a charity shop would show you have good people skills. That's what Universities want most of the time, of course work experience in a hospital would be amazing but volunteering in various roles (charity shop, support for families etc) would be just as good.

    https://do-it.org/opportunities/sear...radford&page=1

    That's the link for the volunteering website I got the other links from. I input health care, disabilities, hospice and mental health as the interests but you can change them with the advanced search feature. Good luck!
    Thank you!! I have actually heard of do-it before but I never found any relevant volunteer work. I will definitely give it another look and apply for the links you've provided 😊
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    If it's any reassurance, I have not encountered any problems with my medicine uni applications so far despite having absolutely NO clinical work experience - I was worrying as much as you when I was in Y12 as well, because I had no connections and I don't speak the local language in my country well enough to get shadowing experience in a hospital here.

    Honestly I thought I wasn't going to get any med offers (let alone interviews!!) because of my lack of work experience, but remember that volunteeringcan be just as valuable - and luckily I do have a lot of volunteering experience.

    So while I do encourage you to try to get some work experience, also try opening your mind to volunteering in care-related settings - schools, hospitals, hospices, childrens' homes, etc.

    What matters the most is what you learn and how that comes across in your personal statement and interview - not the number of hours of shadowing you've done! Best of luck
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    If you cnat find any direct medical experience, then be creative and find some volunteer work that deals with peoples health. You cna spin that as your next best thing.
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    Try the Royal Voluntary Service or British Heart Foundation. They have offices in most hospitals. If I were you, I wouldn't bother emailing/phoning because it can takes ages to organise things that way.

    Go to your local hospital, ask at reception about volunteer organisations and go directly to their office - it shows how keen you are too. They usually schedule an appointment/interview and then you go in and have a chat and they'll tell you about their various different roles, they do a free DBS check for you and give you uniform. I think the best ones to go for are the 'patient befriending' roles - because you get contact with patients on different wards and it's not just a matter of chatting to them (which is valuable) but with places like the RVS, they offer help to patients and it's your role to offer that help.

    When I say 'help' it's a case of informing them of services that they may find useful. For example, for an elderly patient who has come in, say because of a fall at home, and they're on their own and have no visitors - as an RVS volunteer you can offer them things like arranging home help from links with other organisations (transport/shopping assistance) or even things like a phone line for lonely elderly people where they speak to a particular volunteer over the phone a couple of times a week etc. There are so many services that I didn't even know about until I volunteered. The teach you all about them and tell you how to do the job and then you're set free onto the wards with a list of patients to chat to. It's really rewarding and you actually get a chance to change people's lives for the better for when they're discharged. Something to consider anyway!
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    You may or may not want to research this further; but I'm doing mental health nursing at uni in September and I've done months and months of volunteering at one of my local hospitals on the ward experience. It's under the Royal Voluntary Service and you do shifts on a ward with older patients, it's not ideal to do it with older patients but you can do the volunteering as many times as you want, even at more than one hospital. I do 2 hours at 2 hospitals each week and it's amazing experience and it's the reason why I've got my uni offers.

    You do things such as:
    -befriends patients
    -encourage them to eat, drink, move around if suitable
    -take them to appointments if they're mobile within the hospital
    And more.

    It's up to you if you want to research it further but you can have a look at that if you want.. good luck. (Just Google it if you want to)

    I love volunteering with RVS. :')

    Btw there are different roles within: on ward (what I do), trolley dolly things, visiting patients at home (if you drive), there's so many.

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    RVS are alwats looking for people another institution that does a lot in the community are the church.

    Loads of good suggestions above, which have helped people get offers and been rewarding as well. You need to think a bit broader OP and make sure your apps are good quality.
 
 
 
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