Although some universities do not explicitly ask for you to have done some work experience, it can greatly help your application. On top of this, it will give a more realistic view of what being in medicine is really like.
Depending on the NHS trust in your area, you may be able to get work experience by going through the trust. In our case there is a form to fill out but this comes with a very long waiting list so try and get work experience as soon as possible.
I struggled to find any placements for the work experience week in school as it was quite short notice. Luckily, a family friend works for the NHS and managed to arrange something. I cannot push enough that if you know anyone with a link to hospitals, doctors surgeries, research labs or anywhere else that could benefit your application, ask them as this might be your way in!
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