Physiotherapy 2018/19 work experience Watch

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Hi all,
Apologies if this is a repeat post or posted in the wrong group (total newbie) would anybody be able to advise regarding work experience?
Hopefully I will start my access course this year (at the grand old age of 33) hopefully I will get the necessary grades but what concerns me is the requirement for work experience within the NHS.
As soon as I start the access course they want you to apply to Universities so ideally want to have it in place/completed prior to that time, I am looking at applying to Nottingham, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford and Leeds Beckett, although they don't specify quantity of time spent what is an acceptable amount? I have contacted a few NHS trusts and it appears work experience is only something they offer school kids, one has offered me a day to go around the different departments to see the range of disciplines etc, would that be enough NHS experience if I try to get some private experience also? I do work in a professional role at the moment so can relate to working with vulnerable people, people with MHI etc but that doesn't relate to Physiotherapy.
Thanks in advance 😁
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Hi all,
Apologies if this is a repeat post or posted in the wrong group (total newbie) would anybody be able to advise regarding work experience?
Hopefully I will start my access course this year (at the grand old age of 33) hopefully I will get the necessary grades but what concerns me is the requirement for work experience within the NHS.
As soon as I start the access course they want you to apply to Universities so ideally want to have it in place/completed prior to that time, I am looking at applying to Nottingham, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford and Leeds Beckett, although they don't specify quantity of time spent what is an acceptable amount? I have contacted a few NHS trusts and it appears work experience is only something they offer school kids, one has offered me a day to go around the different departments to see the range of disciplines etc, would that be enough NHS experience if I try to get some private experience also? I do work in a professional role at the moment so can relate to working with vulnerable people, people with MHI etc but that doesn't relate to Physiotherapy.
Thanks in advance 😁
Hi Brookie84,

I went straight into physio from college with only 3 days of NHS work experience and 4 days private physio experience. I had to organise it myself and found that going through switchboard and asking for the volunteer coordinator or the work experience coordinator was the best way to go about finding the right person to talk to, who may be able to get you work experience even if you aren't school age. I also think that emailing or phoning the admissions tutors at the universities you want to go to is a good idea, about what other types of work experience they would consider (some admissions tutors prefer emails over phone calls). It also isn't about the amount of experience you have had, but what you have learned from the experience and why that makes you sure you want to go into physiotherapy - so perhaps being able to see the other professions is good as you could explain how you observed a few different professions and now know that physio is most suited to you and then give a reason why.

I would take the offer of work experience but I would also contact the university to find if that is acceptable for them.

Good luck!!
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(Original post by Brookie84)
Hi all,
Apologies if this is a repeat post or posted in the wrong group (total newbie) would anybody be able to advise regarding work experience?
Hopefully I will start my access course this year (at the grand old age of 33) hopefully I will get the necessary grades but what concerns me is the requirement for work experience within the NHS.
As soon as I start the access course they want you to apply to Universities so ideally want to have it in place/completed prior to that time, I am looking at applying to Nottingham, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford and Leeds Beckett, although they don't specify quantity of time spent what is an acceptable amount? I have contacted a few NHS trusts and it appears work experience is only something they offer school kids, one has offered me a day to go around the different departments to see the range of disciplines etc, would that be enough NHS experience if I try to get some private experience also? I do work in a professional role at the moment so can relate to working with vulnerable people, people with MHI etc but that doesn't relate to Physiotherapy.
Thanks in advance 😁
I'm applying to Nottingham too for 2018 start. At the moment I have no work experience (MA graduate) but have been told even one day shadowing is good enough as they recognise its so difficult to get that work experience. Also don't forget applications close January so there's still time to find something
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The trust I work at we have all sorts of people coming for work experience, not just school kids. I can PM you a contact if you can get to London. Otherwise, as others have said, it is about what you have learned rather than just having done x amount of days in a hospital. The last work experience kids we had spent three days glued to their mobile phones - I had a strong word with them shall we say.

Basically, if you get an interview then the university have decided you have appropriate work experience. They will then want to ask you questions along the lines of what have your learned from the work experience that makes you sure physio is for you, what have you seen etc etc. A lot of this you can blag in all honesty with a bit of reading. They're not looking for you to be able to tell them all about treatment principles as that is what you are going there to learn about.

When I went through all this a number of years ago, I hadn't had any work experience by the time my first interview came about. I had two days booked in, but I hadn't had them yet, so put in my personal statement that I had had it anyway and did a good enough job of muddling through obviously as I got accepted to the course.
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(Original post by Ironmike)
The trust I work at we have all sorts of people coming for work experience, not just school kids. I can PM you a contact if you can get to London. Otherwise, as others have said, it is about what you have learned rather than just having done x amount of days in a hospital. The last work experience kids we had spent three days glued to their mobile phones - I had a strong word with them shall we say.

Basically, if you get an interview then the university have decided you have appropriate work experience. They will then want to ask you questions along the lines of what have your learned from the work experience that makes you sure physio is for you, what have you seen etc etc. A lot of this you can blag in all honesty with a bit of reading. They're not looking for you to be able to tell them all about treatment principles as that is what you are going there to learn about.

When I went through all this a number of years ago, I hadn't had any work experience by the time my first interview came about. I had two days booked in, but I hadn't had them yet, so put in my personal statement that I had had it anyway and did a good enough job of muddling through obviously as I got accepted to the course.
Hello! Would it be possible for you to also PM me the contact you have for the work experience? I am looking so tirelessly for it! Thank you
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(Original post by Ironmike)
The trust I work at we have all sorts of people coming for work experience, not just school kids. I can PM you a contact if you can get to London. Otherwise, as others have said, it is about what you have learned rather than just having done x amount of days in a hospital. The last work experience kids we had spent three days glued to their mobile phones - I had a strong word with them shall we say.

Basically, if you get an interview then the university have decided you have appropriate work experience. They will then want to ask you questions along the lines of what have your learned from the work experience that makes you sure physio is for you, what have you seen etc etc. A lot of this you can blag in all honesty with a bit of reading. They're not looking for you to be able to tell them all about treatment principles as that is what you are going there to learn about.

When I went through all this a number of years ago, I hadn't had any work experience by the time my first interview came about. I had two days booked in, but I hadn't had them yet, so put in my personal statement that I had had it anyway and did a good enough job of muddling through obviously as I got accepted to the course.
Hi Ironmike..it may be a while since you posted your thoughtful reply but I would appreciate the offer of the contact, if that still stands. Many thanks
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Hi can I know more about the work experience in London ? Thanks
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(Original post by Brookie84)
Hi all,
Apologies if this is a repeat post or posted in the wrong group (total newbie) would anybody be able to advise regarding work experience?
Hopefully I will start my access course this year (at the grand old age of 33) hopefully I will get the necessary grades but what concerns me is the requirement for work experience within the NHS.
As soon as I start the access course they want you to apply to Universities so ideally want to have it in place/completed prior to that time, I am looking at applying to Nottingham, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford and Leeds Beckett, although they don't specify quantity of time spent what is an acceptable amount? I have contacted a few NHS trusts and it appears work experience is only something they offer school kids, one has offered me a day to go around the different departments to see the range of disciplines etc, would that be enough NHS experience if I try to get some private experience also? I do work in a professional role at the moment so can relate to working with vulnerable people, people with MHI etc but that doesn't relate to Physiotherapy.
Thanks in advance 😁


Hi there!

Also applying as a mature student (26) I dont techincally have any NHS work experience but im employed as a full time physio assistant in orthopedics, we do however see NHS patients as well as private, If i were you id give that job a try because the experience you get is honestly second to none.

There is no point in getting sport experience because, although good, the majority of applicants will have "shadowed their local sports physio" I work for BMI, if theres a hospital in your area you could always give them a try?

I have actually had an offer this year so I've done something right!

Hope this helps!
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(Original post by Brookie84)
Hi all,
Apologies if this is a repeat post or posted in the wrong group (total newbie) would anybody be able to advise regarding work experience?
Hopefully I will start my access course this year (at the grand old age of 33) hopefully I will get the necessary grades but what concerns me is the requirement for work experience within the NHS.
As soon as I start the access course they want you to apply to Universities so ideally want to have it in place/completed prior to that time, I am looking at applying to Nottingham, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford and Leeds Beckett, although they don't specify quantity of time spent what is an acceptable amount? I have contacted a few NHS trusts and it appears work experience is only something they offer school kids, one has offered me a day to go around the different departments to see the range of disciplines etc, would that be enough NHS experience if I try to get some private experience also? I do work in a professional role at the moment so can relate to working with vulnerable people, people with MHI etc but that doesn't relate to Physiotherapy.
Thanks in advance 😁
Hi Brookie84


Let me know if you have any questions about the course at Hallam!

Thanks
Bridget
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