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Medicine Online Work Experience Guide

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Doctor's Desk

(Online Work Experience)

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have launched a free online interactive video platform - Observe GP – to allow aspiring medics to gain insights into general practice from anywhere in the UK, regardless of geography or family networks.

Sorting Medicine

(Online Work Experience)

This course provides a 'virtual' work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. You will be introduced to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists. Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face.

Town Street

(Volunteering Opportunity)

Together we can renew and regenerate our communities to create a better Britain from the crisis. We are committed to helping the thousands of organisations that are at the heart of our communities – the sports clubs, the arts and culture institutions, and charities.

Talking on phones

(Volunteering Opportunity)

Be there when a lonely older person needs to talk. Be part of your community and provide vital support for older residents.  Whatever you choose to do, and however much time you have to give, you'll be making an incredible difference for older people at a time in their lives when they need help the most.

Senior Man Working from Home

(Volunteering Opportunity)

Call companions make regular telephone calls to lonely and isolated older people providing a lifeline of friendship.β€―β€―The regular chat and companionship offers a vital link with the outside world. Over time, call companions and the older person they are paired with will get to know each other well.

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The NHS is a unique health care system placed above the Royal Family and the BBC as a source of national pride. But how much do you know about the history of the NHS and how it all works and fits together? What will it look like in the future?

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The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have launched a free online interactive video platform - Observe GP – to allow aspiring medics to gain insights into general practice from anywhere in the UK, regardless of geography or family networks.

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Aspiring medics – pupils aged 16-18 who are considering a career in medicine - have historically, been encouraged to gain work experience placements in healthcare as part of their medicine degree application. It is, however, widely understood that there can be inequities in who can access these placements, often based on family connections.

 

In recent years, many medical schools have broadened their requirements and thanks to the work of the Medical Schools Council we are seeing a shift towards encouraging students to gain a variety of β€˜relevant experiences. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have launched a free online interactive video platform - Observe GP – to allow aspiring medics to gain insights into general practice from anywhere in the UK, regardless of geography or family networks.

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The RCGP are spearheading this message - work experience is one-way applicants can gain insight into medicine but there are other relevant experiences and Observe GP is one of them.

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The platform, in many ways goes further than a work experience placement can - the videos allow viewers to watch consultations in split screen, witnessing the body language of both the patient and clinician face on. Key terminology and activities appear on screen to reinforce learning and prompt reflection. Applicants are encouraged to complete Observe GP alongside other relevant experiences whether that be volunteering in a care home or healthcare setting, informal discussions with medical professionals, reading or listening to podcasts.

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The RCGP Schools Outreach team explained their motivations:

"The platform is for all 20,000+ applicants to medicine each year. With 90% of care in the NHS being undertaken in general practice, we feel it is imperative that aspiring medics develop their understanding of the realities of medicine routed in knowledge of primary care."

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The videos include a variety of patients and conditions and allow the viewer to meet many of the general practice team including the Practice Manager, Receptionist, GP Trainee, Pharmacist, several GPs and an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Themes of the videos include long term condition management, self-care, communication, and person-centred care.

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For more information contact:

Email schools@rcgp.org.uk

Twitter @TeamGP

Web rcgp.org.uk/observegp

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Notes:

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 53,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. The College exists to represent and support its members throughout their careers while also inspiring tomorrow’s GP's.

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