Virtual work experience
Virtual work-related learning for Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professional (AHP) careers
To promote careers in health and care, Health Education England (HEE) has funded an online work-related learning programme which is free to students, hosted by Springpod.
The programmes provide an overview of what careers in healthcare can offer, as well as developing key skills for the profession. There is also the opportunity to hear from NHS professionals, learn about their day to day work, and complete assignments.
On completion, participants are awarded a certificate which can be useful for CVs, personal statements and interviews.
Please click the link below most appropriate to you.
- Find out more about Nursing opportunities by clicking this link or download the flyer
- Find out more about Medicine opportunities by clicking this link or download the flyer
- Find out more about Allied Health Professions opportunities by clicking this link or download the flyer
Springpod and Speakers for schools also offers a range of other virtual work experience careers including finance, admin, IT, dentistry, etc. An example course: It’s Not Just Doctors and Nurses (springpod.com)
Work experience with the NHS Talent academy for Nursing, several AHP professions and pharmacy
These e-placements are available to anyone in any location (not just in Essex as the website pages suggest):
- E Placement – Introduction into Occupational Therapy
- E Placement – Introduction into Physiotherapy
- E Placement – Introduction into Nursing
- E Placement – Introduction into Pharmacy
- E Placement – Introduction into Dietetics
Allied Healthcare Mentor
Allied Healthcare Mentor offers live virtual NHS Healthcare careers work experience programme. Students will follow 2 patients from their initial presentation to recovery. They will observe the healthcare professionals as they interact with the patients and also each other. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and gain knowledge through teaching.
This will help students to make an informed career decision as well as learn about how healthcare professionals work together as part of a multidisciplinary team. Each work experience day is completely different and students will be able to build on their knowledge of NHS careers as they see different patient cases and their healthcare professionals work in a variety of settings, such as a hospital and the community.
You can select from one day or a full 5 month work experience programme Minimal cost for access to multiple learning experiences.
Speakers for Schools
Through Speakers for schools you can search for a specific employer or use the filters on the right to help you find online placements based on your age or the industry you are interested in. Click on the ‘Read more’ button to see a more detailed overview and go through the portal to apply. Please note: some of these providers may charge for work experience.
Virtual work related learning for medicine
The Medical Schools Council has useful information on what is involved with work experience, where to start, useful resources and links to other sites. Below are some websites which can offer different virtual experiences for you to try:
Observe GP – is a platform from the Royal College of General Practitioners which is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16+ living in the UK. It is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) Virtual work experience – This course provide 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.
Doctor You has been introduced by Health Education England to encourage people to consider a career in medicine. See the website for information, resources and videos to find out what it is like to be a doctor.
Patient journey to GP practice – virtual reality app from GMC Follow Mrs Thomas and her son Jack in their encounters with a receptionist, doctor, nurse and pharmacist in this interactive 360° video VR app. It has been developed jointly by the GMC and NHS England. It gives new international GPs an immersive insight into how a GP practice in the UK operates from a patient’s perspective. You can access it on mobile, tablet or PC.
Medic Mentor: is a non-profit national medical organisation for applying students, medical students and dentistry. They specialise in helping applying students get into medicine. They offer virtual work experience, which is a 30 hour commitment from a pupil over 6 months. Pupils receive a certificate and they have a journal to complete for reflection. Medic Mentor is run by a UK-wide network of volunteer doctors who provide UCAS support and teach medical students how to become successful future doctors and NHS leaders.
Please note: some of these providers may charge for work experience.
Please see our Career Padlet for information on AHP and nursing careers, the Padlet has links to recourses and information across all careers available at QVH: