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Work experience for physiotherapy

Hi everybody ! I am currently a year 12 student doing chem, bio and psych and I have literally just figured out that I want to pursue physiotherapy or anatomy & physiology in uni.
I am aware that physio therapy is a competitive course and having work experience in my CV would be amazing. However my school doesn’t have a week off for work experience non they have mentioned it at all, so I’m now just looking for work experience by myself. Would it be too late to even find one now as it is near summer already. What work experience or where could I possibly get work experience from if I want to do physiotherapy and would not doing any work experience affect my personal statement? I am also volunteering in the Salvation Army as well.
Thank you so much !!
Original post by Shuiki
Hi everybody ! I am currently a year 12 student doing chem, bio and psych and I have literally just figured out that I want to pursue physiotherapy or anatomy & physiology in uni.
I am aware that physio therapy is a competitive course and having work experience in my CV would be amazing. However my school doesn’t have a week off for work experience non they have mentioned it at all, so I’m now just looking for work experience by myself. Would it be too late to even find one now as it is near summer already. What work experience or where could I possibly get work experience from if I want to do physiotherapy and would not doing any work experience affect my personal statement? I am also volunteering in the Salvation Army as well.
Thank you so much !!

Whan applying for healthcare courses, unis want to see two things - shadowing experience and public-facing work/volunteering experience. The shadowing experience is to show unis that you understand the role of a physio and it will help you confirm (or not) if it is right for you. Contact your local NHS trust and ask for a day or half a day of shadowing in the physio department. You could also contact some private physio practices to see if they could offer you some shadowing experience too.

The public-facing work/volunteering experience is to show that you can communicate with the general public. It sounds like your volunteering might already cover this, but you could consider looking for a part-time job over summer in a care home or similar.

There is some good advice for developing a vocational personal statement on the following thread:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=6666418

Try and relate what you have learnt during your work/volunteering experience to the NHS values and 6 Cs:

https://www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk/en/nhs-staffing-pool-hub/working-in-healthcare/what-are-the-nhs-values
https://www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk/nhs-staffing-pool-hub/working-in-healthcare/the-6-cs-of-care

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