Work Experience

Work experience

COVID-19 update – September 2021

As we manage the demands of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have suspended all non-essential, face-to-face, student placements and schoolwork experience to keep our patients, people and local community safe.

However, we understand how important this experience is to support people to make decisions about their future career and when applying for jobs and courses.

Please look at the alternative options below during this time.

For further information, please email

Health Careers website

The Health Careers website provides detailed information on more than 350 roles within healthcare and you can take a look at the range of real-life stories and videos. There are also useful tips for planning your own career.

Virtual work experience - nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy

The NHS Talent Academy have launched a bespoke virtual placement experience that covers various career opportunities within health and care. 

The placements are free to access, however you will need to register for a free account with the NHS Talent Academy. To register for an account, you must be over 14 years of age and will need consent from a parent or carer if you are under the age of 18.


Introduction to occupational therapy

Introduction to physiotherapy

Introduction to dietetics

Introduction to pharmacy


Observe GP

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) encourage aspiring medics across the UK to register and use Observe GP. 

Observe GP is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16 and over, who are living in the UK. It is a free and interactive video platform that provides an insight into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team.

You can read information and access Observe GP via this link.


Brighton and Sussex Medical School virtual work experience

Brighton and Sussex Medical School offer a virtual work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. The experience allows you to explore the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists.

Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face. 

This course is not designed to completely replace experience completed in the real world, but to provide an insight into medicine and being a doctor.

You can find out more information and apply via this link.

Doctor You

Doctor You has been introduced by Health Education England to encourage more people to consider a career in medicine.

For more information, resources, videos, and to hear what it is like to be a doctor click here.

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