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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Work Experience in the NHS

There are many different routes which enable people to start a career within the NHS. In NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde we aim to offer a variety of opportunities. Some will help individuals make career choices by providing an insight into the various roles within our organisation and others will support people to develop knowledge and skills that may assist them into future employment.

The range of placements currently supported by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde includes:

  • Senior phase school pupil work placements
  • Adult placements for those who are considering a career in the NHS and want to develop an insight into the role and/or environment
  • Physiotherapy Placement Programme
  • Pre-employment initiatives which offer training and placements for those actively pursuing the opportunity to enter the NHS workforce

Senior Phase School Pupils Policy and Guidance

NHSGGC recognises the importance of helping young people to make an informed choice about the possible NHS careers and the pathways open to them. We are committed to supporting the transition from school into higher or further education, and employment, and offer placements to pupils in the senior phase of school to support this.

A copy of the Schools Work Experience Policy can be found here.

A copy of the Supervisor's Pack can be found here.

Please note that NHS GGC work placement and careers insight programmes are currently closed until further notice in order to allow services to prioritise patient care during the COVID 19 pandemic.  Please check back on these web pages or register for an email alert here.

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Thinking of studying Medicine?

Click here to read what the Medical Schools Council advises on the type of work experience needed to support your application to study Medicine. You should also visit the entry requirement pages of the university you wish to apply to for detailed information about the application process.

As you are aware we have been unable to run our usual hospital based Get Ready for Medicine Programme as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. This includes senior phase school pupils and those planning to apply via access programmes and post-graduate entry schemes. However, we have been working to come up with alternative support activity for individuals considering medical school applications.

NHS GGC is a member of the Medicine Outreach Glasgow Widening Access Initiative (MOGWAI) and we have been working with Medic Insight Glasgow, Dundee Widening Access to Medicine Student Society and the charity You Can be a Doctor to host  two events ahead of the medical school application deadline.

Details of these events are outlined below.

1)         How to get into Medical School - Tuesday 29 September 7-9pm

Live online lecture evening with information on Life in Medicine, Life at Medical School and Application and Interview Advice.
Open to anyone interested whether they have previously attended work experience or a formal medical school application advice event or not.
More information and Registration at: www.youcanbeadoctor.co.uk/events 

2)         Meet the Medics - Thursday 1 October  7-9pm

Live event allowing small group discussions with current doctors and medical students from around Scotland to gain an insight into the career.
Open to anyone about to apply for medical school this October and who has not previously attended a work experience placement or a formal medical school application advice event (such as Get Ready for Medicine, Medic Insight or the REACH lecture week).
More information and Registration at: www.youcanbeadoctor.co.uk/events  

Registration for these events is now live.  Please visit the You Can Be A Doctor website to book.

We also work in partnership with Medic Insight Glasgow. The programme, run by medical students from the University of Glasgow, offers a broad range of support to senior phase school pupils who are interested in becoming doctors.  Click here to visit the Medic Insight website.

Adult Work Experience Policy and Guidance

Adult work experience placements can provide individuals with the opportunity to observe and sometimes participate, under supervision, in the workplace. At this time applicants are required to source placements by themselves i.e. we do not match applicants to host supervisors. A request for this type of placement should be made directly to the department of interest who will negotiate the content and length of the placement. Once the placement has been agreed with the applicant the host department will contact the Learning & Education team to confirm the arrangements.

A copy of the Adult Work Experience Policy can be found here.

International Medical Students and Internationally Qualified Medics and Dentists

Medical electives – please note that NHS GGC does not oversee the process for providing UK or international medical students with placements within our hospitals. Please click here for information about applying for a visiting elective via the University of Glasgow.

Clinical observerships, attachments and access for internationally qualified medics and dentists can be accommodated within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Please click here to access guidance and the relevant application forms.

If you have any enquiries in relation to your request please contact us at email: [email protected]

Volunteering

Please note that volunteering is not considered to be a work experience opportunity. We have a significant number of volunteers in a range of role supportive roles. The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde volunteer programme is for those who wish to contribute to the wider community by giving their skills, talents and time to support the NHS and we seek people with such motivation. Full details on the range of our volunteering opportunities can be found by clicking here. All volunteers are expected to participate in a recruitment/selection process; 2 character references are required, Disclosure clearance and Occupational Health screening.

Pre-employment Initiatives

Another route into NHS employment, which includes work experience, is via a pre-employment training programme. These programmes are often delivered in partnership with other agencies and are geared towards under- represented groups within our workforce (e.g. young people, care experienced, and disabled). The programmes tend to include a combination of classroom based sessions and work placements which with tutor aim to provide people with the confidence, skills and knowledge to make successful applications for entry level posts within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Last Updated: 02 September 2020