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Who is it for?

Year 12 students attending schools and colleges in the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Merton.

What does it involve?

A placement for up to one week during the summer holidays, shadowing either a consultant in St George’s hospital or a GP in the local area. Participants are also expected to attend a pre-placement induction session (to ensure they are well prepared and aware of their personal expectations and those of the staff they will be working with), as well as a post-placement reflection session (to discuss and reflect on their experiences, recognise the skills gained, and how they can present this when applying for a university course).

Participants are also provided with the following:

  • financial assistance to ensure students can attend their shadowing placement

  • a named contact in the Widening Participation team to provide additional support before, during and after the placement

  • a completion certificate to celebrate their achievements.

The Healthcare Shadowing Scheme received the Widening Participation Work Exposure Award from Health Education England in June 2016, and is highlighted as an example of best practice in the NHS Health Education England Widening Participation Directory

How to apply?

We contact students in eligible schools in the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Merton.


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