When considering careers in healthcare, including medicine and nursing, it is essential to understand what these careers involve. Primary care or general practice work experience will enable you to see and talk to a diverse range of health-professionals and patients about their own personal experiences. You will gain understanding of the different roles in general practice by shadowing a range of professionals, including doctors and nurses, healthcare assistants and receptionists. This will give you better insight into whether you would like to pursue a career in this setting.
In Exeter we are running a work experience pilot until the end of August at four practices across the city: St Thomas /Exwick Surgery, South Lawn Medical Practice, Barnfield Hill Surgery and Pinhoe Surgery. The pilot aims to increase accessibility of work experience to all students or postgraduates over the age of 16 who have an interest in a medical or nursing career. Before attending a 2-3 day placement applicants will need to complete a two-hour pre-course workshop regarding how to get the most out of work experience and covering confidentiality issues. Due to confidentiality it is not possible to have work experience at a practice where you are a patient. Feedback forms will be completed before and after placement in order to improve the program and measure outcomes.
If you are interested in work experience in general practice in Exeter please contact with your interest email@example.com and you will be sent an application form. You can also download the form here: