Applying for a clinical work experience placement
How to find placements and what to include in your covering letter
All UK medical schools require applicants to have work experience in a caring or service based role and to have directly observed some form of healthcare.1 However, it can be difficult to get work experience in clinical settings because hospitals and GP surgeries are busy and only offer a limited number of placements.
When sending a request for experience in a healthcare setting, a strong covering letter and CV can help you stand out and increase your chances of securing a placement. This article offers advice on how to find clinical work experience placements, who to contact, and what information to include in a covering letter.
There are two routes to applying for clinical work experience. Some larger hospitals have a formal application process via the volunteering or education and learning department. Other healthcare settings consider speculative applications on a case by case basis.
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