Work Experience

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

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

We will continue to monitor and review the situation and keep you updated. Thank you for your understanding and support.


We have a well-established work experience programme. Last year there were over 200 successful work experience placements arranged for young people who were either living or studying at schools and colleges in the local area. 

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!"

More information on NHS careers

For further information about placements at The Princess Alexandra Hospital, please email 

 Allied Health Professions work experience

Allied Health Professions (AHPs) include everything from dieticians to physiotherapists, diagnostic radiographers and speech and language therapists.

Placements with AHP’s 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."

More information on NHS careers

For further information or to apply for and Allied Health Professional placement at The Princess Alexandra Hospital please visit the the healthier future website.

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.

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  or details of how to apply for a place on the medical shadowing programme.

Contact us

To find out more about applying for work experience at The Princess Alexandra Hospital or a medical shadowing placement, please email Karen Kingsmill, school and college liaison coordinator: 

Inpatient comment:

The staff and care have been excellent. They have made sure I have felt comfortable, secure and safe. They are wonderful and exemplary in their commitment.