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It is vital you show that you are passionate about becoming a doctor early on in your journey. Hospital websites have details of how to shadow and apply for experience. They also detail what age you have to be. Experience does not have to be just in hospitals, however; making tea in your local care home might be just as invaluable.

Tips on finding an opportunity:

  • start looking for opportunities as soon as you can. It can take a while to find something and even then you may need occupational health and background checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service​ . Bear in mind that this all​ takes time
  • be prepared to approach lots of people before finding something suitable
  • there are hundreds of organisations providing NHS healthcare. Don’t just focus on NHS hospitals and GP surgeries. Consider contacting care homes, hospices, medical charities, private clinics and so on
  • some hospitals have shadowing programmes for students. Start by searching for local organisations that provide NHS healthcare​ services
  • if you’re still in education, find out whether your school or college has a list of possible contacts for work shadowing opportunities
  • ask your own contacts (friends, relatives and neighbours) whether they know people who work in healthcare who may be able to put you in touch with someone willing to offer you a shadowing opportunity. You may know people yourself who work in health
  • if you can’t shadow a medic (or in addition to) consider shadowing a nurse or allied health professional, such as a physiotherapist. This will allow you to see how they interact with medics
  • if you’re struggling to find an opportunity, try getting advice from one of the Royal​ Colleges​ or medical schools

More advice on the link below:

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/doctors/applying-medical-school/gaining-experience-medical-school

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