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I have observed several surgeries in the Nhs but I’m 16, is that wrong?
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I have observed several surgeries in the Nhs but I’m 16, is that wrong?
There will be guidelines for the surgeons and for the NHS Trust. Presumably if they followed those plus got patients consent, then I think it would be ok. I'm surprised it isnt 18.

Did you apply or already knew the surgeon?
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I met the surgeon at a conference and I just asked him about shadowing and he was cool with it
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I need some experience. Any hints?
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I need some experience. Any hints?
Email the actual doctor , not the reception or the Nhs , I tried all that and the only way to get it is to email the head of the department or someone equally high up on the ward
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Doesn't it require 'trust' consent?
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Doesn't it require 'trust' consent?
The surgeon I did it with just told us to read through a document he sent us and before every patient asked if students could observe. He was that High up on the ward that no one could question him.
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Btw, which department did you shadow?
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Neurosurgery
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Was this at charing cross?
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Nooo
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I'm going to try hopefully.
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Good luck!! Let us know if you get any experience😂
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I have observed several surgeries in the Nhs but I’m 16, is that wrong?
Assuming you didn't lie about your age or otherwise act dishonestly, I don't see why it's wrong. Different hospitals have different policies. I was 17 when I spent some time shadowing an ENT surgeon.
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I didn’t lie so it must’ve been okay
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I didn’t lie so it must’ve been okay
Not something to worry about then!
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Why is someone's age relevant? As long as you can keep confidentiality, why couldn't a 10 year old watch the butchers at work?
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That's strange. When I was 16 and organised w/e at a hospital they told me I had to be 17 to observe surgeries. So I placed the date a week after my 17th birthday lol.

Lucky indeed though.
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I think it depends where you live.
In Scotland, the age for clinical work experience is 16, sometimes 15 - I watched a lot of surgeries when I was 15. Although, I get the impression from tsr that England is usually 17/18.
So - piece of advice for anyone looking for work experience - come to Scotland because we don’t give a flying ****
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