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What is work experience all about?
- Work experience is for anybody aged 14+ who is looking to gain more knowledge about the NHS and career options.
- Age 14+ can undertake work experience in a non-clinical/clinical setting.
- Age 18+ can undertake work experience in a childcare setting.
- Work experience can be a maximum of two weeks (75 hours).
- Work experience is often the first exposure to what working in the NHS is like.
- Work experience is observational only in all clinical settings where appropriate work experience can involve minor administrative duties.
- Allows applicants to use their placement supervisor as a reference and a ‘step in’ to further opportunities in the trust.
- Broadens the public knowledge of the NHS and trust and the care provided to patients.
- Previous placements have included: Nursing, IT, HR, Medicine (over 18s only), Administration, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Finance, Communications, and Speech and Language Therapy.
- We can also offer an Introduction to Allied Health Professions. This is a new 5-day event that aims to provide attendees with an overview of 5 of the Allied Health Professions (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Dietetics, and Podiatry).
Frequently asked questions
Why would work experience benefit me?
Work experience is key to finding out if a career is the right one for you and many employers and Universities look favourably on experience from their applicants.
Real life experience
Introduction to a working environment
Awareness of the variety of careers in the NHS
Chance to improve key skills and employability
Work experience helps build confidence