Virtual Work Experience
The Covid pandemic over the past months has meant that opportunities for work experience have had to be sadly suspended. So we are excited to announce the launch of our new Virtual Work Experience programmes. Virtual work experience provides you with the opportunity to complete work experience from home or school, in most cases using nothing but a laptop, tablet or phone.
During these live webinars you’ll meet NHS professionals and have the opportunity to ask them questions and learn about their day to day work. You’ll learn about different areas of NHS work and the skills and qualifications needed to undertake these roles.
Over the coming weeks we will update this page with information on upcoming Virtual Work Experience events for 2021. We have also put together a list of resources for students, teachers and parents of online virtual work experience opportunities and wider platforms that students can access online from home or in the classroom to learn more about different careers and options post-16.
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Plastic Surgery 15th-19th February 2020
The Department of Plastic Surgery at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital are excited to offer a virtual work experience program for those who are aspiring to pursue a career in Medicine or Allied health care.
The week will comprise a series of interactive talks delivered by professionals of varying experience either working in or closely associated with the department. The talks will cover the spectrum of Plastic surgery subspecialty work and give the attendees an insight into the working life of a hospital doctor. We will also include career guidance oriented sessions where candidates can interact with the speakers and glean useful information and tips on application process and preparation.
What will be involved?
The sessions will compromise of a series of live clinical talks by experienced clinicians who will be presenting challenging cases they have managed with a view to stimulating participants to think about problem solving in clinical situations, as well as about other aspects such as ethics.
There will also be talks focussing on basic techniques and principles of Plastic surgery delivered by Junior members of staff and additional talks from our team Therapists and Physician Assistants who will talk about their roles within the National Health Service and how they help patients.
Who is this for?
The work experience is aimed at GCSE, AS and A level students, who are interested in Medicine or Allied Health care
The sessions will take place from 15th-19th February. There will be two sessions per day and you will be expected to attend all sessions. A full timetable will be made available nearer the date.
How do I apply?
Applications have now closed.
Please note applications will only be accepted by students attending school or college in Birmingham and Solihull.
Applications close on Friday 15 January 2021.
Virtual Work Experience Resources
Virtual work experience resources
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