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Work Experience

The Trust has a well-established work experience programme which has been in place for over 12 years. Last year there were more than 180 work experience placements offered to young people who were living or studying at schools and colleges in the local area. 

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Types of Work Experience

General Work Experience

The General Work Experience Programme is for students aged fourteen and over, offering placements of up to one week in one of the following areas:

  • General Ward
  • Eye Unit 
  • Central Sterile Services Department
  • Medical Administration

The placements are intended for those who are considering a career in a specifically related area. 

(Placements in areas not listed above may be available on request)

What do people say? "I have had an amazing week and learnt a lot of new things, whilst having a lot of fun. It's been a great experience which I'll never forget so thank you again!"

Click here for more information on NHS Careers

For further information Email: karen.kingsmill@nhs.net 


Allied Health Professions

The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) include everything from Dietician to Physiotherapist, Diagnostic Radiographer and Speech and Language Therapist.

Placements with the Allied Health Professions are one day observational only placements, which are intended to support a UCAS application to study a specifically related course. See placements below:

  • Radiology (over 18 years old)
  • Theatres (over 18 years old)
  • Pathology (17+ years old)
  • Pharmacy (17+ years old)
  • Audiology (17+ years old)


  • Physiotherapy
  • Dietetics 
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The minimum age is 16, with an interest in starting a degree course, or Apprenticeship in an Allied Health Profession relating to one of the therapies, and currently studying relevant subjects in preparation for course application.

Placement duration in therapies varies depending on the placement being requested and staffing availability at the time, but can range from 1 day to 5 days.

What do people say? "I found my time here such an educational and inspirational experience which I never could have expected prior to spending time here. I felt very welcome at all times and am so thankful for every opportunity given to me by each member of staff who all treated me with the utmost respect and kindness."

Please apply online for the above placements via this link https://academy.healthierfuture.org.uk/work-experience

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Medical Shadowing Programme

The Medical Shadowing Programme is a week long programme aimed at students aged 17 and over who are applying, or have a well formed intention to apply to Medical School.

The programme will include shadowing Doctors and Consultants in the following areas:

  • Theatres
  • Pathology
  • Outpatients
  • Wards
  • Mortuary

There are approximately twelve places per year available on the Medical Shadowing Programme and competition is high. As with all work experience, due to the high demand for a limited number of places, consideration can only be given to applicants who either live or are studying at schools and colleges in the local area covered by the hospital.

The application window for the Medical Shadowing Programme is now open until 30 September 2019.

What do people say? "This placement helped me so much in terms of writing my personal statement and at my interview; I really couldn't have done so well without this opportunity."

Email: karen.kingsmill@nhs.net  or details of how to apply for a place on the Medical Shadowing Programme

Contact us

For details of how to apply for work experience or a medical shadowing placement and for all other enquiries contact Karen Kingsmill, School and College Liaison Coordinator.

Email: karen.kingsmill@nhs.net 

Telephone: 01279 868035


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