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Title: Work experience requirements for Nursing, Medical, Social Work and Veterinary Science Courses


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Work experience requirements for Nursing,
Medical, Social Work and Veterinary Science
Courses
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  • Contents
  • Nursing, Midwifery Social Work Courses
    presented by Vanessa Chetwyn De Montfort
    University
  • Veterinary Science Courses presented by
    Richard Stringer University of Nottingham
  • Medicine Courses presented by Dr Margaret
    Barnes-Davies University of Leicester

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Work experience requirements for Nursing and
Midwifery
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  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Two very popular course areas both here at DMU
    and nationally across the UK.
  • 134,267 applications were made in 2012 for just
    25,000 places.
  • Increased competition results in a greater
    emphasis being placed on the students
    application.
  • Admissions tutors are looking for more than just
    good grades.
  • Applicants need to demonstrate they have the
    right skills and attributes to succeed on the
    course and in the career itself.
  • Source UCAS Data Resources 2012

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  • Current entry requirements for Nursing and
    Midwifery are usually set at
  • 5 to 6 GCSEs Grade C and above (inc English and
    Math)
  • Between 240 and 320 UCAS points
  • Universities prefer applicants with a science
    subject but its not always a requirement.
  • Complete an occupational health check
  • Pass a DBS disclosure check
  • Successfully pass an interview
  • Work experience is currently not a compulsory
    requirement

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  • However.....
  • Work experience is extremely important if
    students want to demonstrate that they
  • a) understand what a career in nursing and
    midwifery involves.
  • b) Have the confidence and experience of caring
    for people.
  • c) Have used and developed keys transferable
    skills such as team work, organisational and time
    management, communication skills etc.
  • d) Can display empathy, sensitivity, flexibility
    and emotional resilience.

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  • Work experience is also beneficial because.....
  • Its a great way of seeing what its like working
    in the health service.
  • It can help students definitely decide what kind
    of health care career they want.
  • It shows commitment to their future career in the
    NHS
  • Most importantly your chances of being accepted
    on to a nursing and midwifery programme are
    significantly increased if you can demonstrate
    relevant work experience.

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  • Where to find work experience.....
  • Work experience can be paid or voluntary
  • Course placements will be taken into
    consideration but not as stand alone evidence.
  • The longer the experience the better, and the
    broader the set of experiences the better.
  • Personal experiences such as caring for a
    relative should be spoken about but not used
    exclusively as evidence.
  • Experience can be from a multitude of settings
    not necessarily just from within the NHS

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  • Where to find work experience.....
  • In a hospital or clinical setting
  • The NHS is made up of 400 individual NHS trusts
    each responsible for arranging work experience.
  • Students/teachers can contact their local NHS
    trust and enquire about available work
    experience placements.
  • You can find your local NHS trust by visiting NHS
    Choices or Step into NHS websites.

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  • In a hospital or clinical setting
  • Students need to submit an application form
    detailing why they want to do the placement and
    how they feel they will benefit from the
    experience.
  • Competition for places is high
  • Limited number of opportunities available
  • Might not always be possible to gain an
    experience in your first choice career but any
    experience in a healthcare setting will be
    beneficial.
  • Students should apply as early as possible to
    secure the best chance of being accepted.

3 options available working with University
Hospitals Leicester.
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  • Work experience outside of hospitals and clinical
    settings....
  • Students can also gain healthcare experience in a
    variety of non-clinical settings.
  • Residential care homes
  • Charity organisations such as Mind, Shelter, Age
    Concern, Rainbows, LOROS
  • Shadowing of NHS staff in the community school
    nurse, health visitors etc
  • Patient visiting and befriending volunteering
  • Community groups SureStart, breastfeeding
    groups, etc
  • Interviewing NHS staff local GP, community
    nurse/midwife,
  • Other sources of experience....
  • Any volunteering experience demonstrates
    selflessness and commitment
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Showcases key skills
    such as leadership and team work
  • Part time jobs Demonstrates time management,
    responsibility and working with the public
  • Caring for relatives Showcases care and
    compassion
  • Gap years abroad gain an international
    perspective of healthcare.

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  • Writing about their experience....
  • Whatever the type of experience(s) the student
    has, writing about them effectively is really
    important.
  • Wherever possible students should talk not just
    about what they did as part of the placement but
    what they learnt from it.
  • Talking about transferable skills is key to
    demonstrating your suitability to the career.
  • Link it in to the 6 Cs of Nursing Midwifery
  • Care
  • Communication
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Competency
  • Commitment

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Work experience requirements for Social Work
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  • Social Work
  • Social Work is in the top 10 most popular courses
  • DMU received over 600 applications in 2013 for 50
    places
  • Social Work is a professional course which upon
    competition students can register as a Social
    Worker and begin to practise.

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  • Entry Requirements
  • Current entry requirements for Social Work
  • 5 to 6 GCSEs Grade C and above (inc English and
    Math)
  • Between 240 and 320 UCAS points
  • Pass a DBS disclosure check
  • Successfully pass an interview
  • Work experience can be a compulsory requirement
    for some Social Work degrees.
  • Individual universities set their own conditions
    for the amount of work experience needed.
    Students should research entry requirements
    before applying.

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  • Work Experience Requirements
  • Universities usually ask for anywhere between 6
    weeks to 6 months of work experience.
  • This usually has to be work that directly
    involves interacting with service users.
  • Placements done as part of a school/college
    course arent always accepted.
  • Personal experience of social services may be
    classed as relevant experience and should be
    spoken about on the application

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  • Where can you get work experience?
  • Think about who are service users.....
  • Adults 18
  • Children and families
  • Specific users....
  • The elderly
  • Young offenders
  • Addicts
  • Patients with mental health problems
  • Homeless people
  • Children in care etc
  • Students can contact charities, community groups,
    volunteering centres, NHS departments, Local
    Authorities etc

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  • Work Experience...
  • Admissions tutors are looking for students who
    are emotionally resilient and prepared for the
    career ahead.
  • They will assess what skills you possess to help
    you become a safe, confident and competent Social
    Worker.
  • Students should consider the Framework of
    Capabilities for Social Workers when talking
    about work experience.
  • Professionalism
  • Values Ethics
  • Diversity
  • Rights, Justice and Economic Wellbeing
  • Knowledge
  • Critical reflection and analysis
  • Intervention and Skills
  • Leaderships

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Useful Websites NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk Step
in to the NHS - www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk Nursing
Midwifery Council www.nmc-uk.org Health
Care Professions Council www.hpc-uk.org De
Montfort University www.dmu.ac.uk
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Work experience requirements for Veterinary
Medicine
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  • Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham
  • Minimum six weeks of work experience but the more
    the better!
  • Recommended Small and large animal vets
  • Recommended At least one week in a dairy farm,
    one week lambing and one week in a stables
  • Six weeks of one type of experience is not enough
  • Get references from all work experiences

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  • Why work experience?
  • Not a tick box exercise work experience really
    matters!
  • To gain insight into what its really like to be
    a vet
  • To understand different environments and
    different animal types
  • Ensure its the right career path for you!
  • Shows you are proactive and enthusiastic

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Work experience requirements at seven UK vet
schools
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  • What counts as work experience
  • Work experience in abattoirs some universities
    require this others dont
  • Lab based experience counts if linked to
    veterinary medicine but not essential
  • Animal charities yes but looking for practical
    animal handling experience
  • Office based experience in a related field good
    but doesnt count!
  • Work experience abroad good but the course
    qualifies you to be a vet in the UK so the
    majority should be UK based

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  • Talking about work experience
  • Universities are looking for academic ability AND
    personal attributes
  • Develop understanding of a vets role in the UK
  • Awareness of vets place in the wider context
    e.g. in world issues like the BSE crisis and
    public health
  • Was anything surprising? What did you learn?

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  • Personal statements
  • Keep a reflective diary of your work experience
  • Your chance to stand out from the crowd
  • Voice your own opinions you can be critical of
    your experience!
  • How has work experience inspired you? What have
    you learnt about yourself?

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Scenarios
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  • A student who grew up on a farm do they still
    need formal work experience?
  • Yes!
  • To get onto the course you need work experience
    in a variety of settings
  • They can count work experience on another farm
    all farms work differently
  • The course focuses on different types of animals
  • Check other universities policies!

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  • A student with their own horse
  • This can count as animal handling experience
    (good!) but not as work experience
  • A student with specific interests
  • Having lots of work experience in one area, e.g.
    exotic animals, is great if thats their main
    interest shows motivation and enthusiasm
  • However, the course covers various areas
  • They may change their mind!

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  • Barriers to work experience
  • Age some places, like abattoirs, can be
    difficult to get into when youre under 18
  • Living inner city can make it hard to get into
    rural settings
  • No ready made contacts

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  • How to get work experience
  • We are looking for determination and motivation!
  • Cold-calling
  • Going in person
  • Friends and family contacts
  • The Student Room forum
  • Advice from current or previous Vet Med students

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  • If a student cant get sufficient work experience
  • We will take into consideration any difficulties
    you have experienced send information in
    writing to the vet school
  • Try your best - even if its just shadowing or
    talking informally to a vet
  • Be creative and think outside the box show you
    have done your absolute best to get animal
    related experience

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  • Other animal related courses
  • e.g. Animal Science and Zoology
  • Work experience is good but not essential
  • Can be in a variety of settings e.g. veterinary
    practice, zoos, farms
  • Admissions tutors are looking for genuine
    interest in animals and their biology rather than
    hands on experience or commitment to a specific
    career
  • Use work experience as a way to stand out from
    the crowd

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  • Summary
  • Work experience is vitally important
  • Good work experience gives insight into the
    profession in a variety of settings
  • Importance of reflecting on students experience
  • Vet schools will look at references written after
    students work experience
  • Start early!

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  • Useful resources
  • http//www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/
  • http//www.rcvs.org.uk/education/
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • http//www.workshop-uk.net/vetsim
  • Vetsim course
  • http//www.bva.co.uk/
  • British Veterinary Association
  • Vet Records magazine and Farmers Weekly to keep
    up to date on current issues!
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