Frequently asked Questions

What happens to my application after I submit it?

When we have received your application form, the Work Experience team will review your application and if you are successful, we will contact you to confirm arrangements and send out additional clearance forms.

How long will it take for a decision to be made on my application?

Due to the volume of application forms we receive, it can sometimes take a while to review them all. We aim to give you a response within 6 - 8 weeks of applying.

My school is doing a work experience week and I need to have my placement details confirmed in advance but the dates aren’t available yet. What should I do?

We work in conjunction with the schools and if you are in year 10 & 11 you must apply for a place through your school. All active placement details are also published on the site.

Do you work with my school?

We currently work with the schools listed in our links with schools page. If your school is not on the list we will still consider your application form. Please note schools that are in a 5 mile radius to our Hospitals will be given priority.

What does the NHS look for in an application for work experience?

In all cases we are looking for evidence of your passion and knowledge of the area. Try and think of specific examples to demonstrate your understanding of and interest in the placement.

Take the time to research the area of the NHS where you are applying to do your work experience in. This will help you to get the most out of your time with us and demonstrate your passion and commitment.

Please ensure that application forms are fully completed otherwise we may not be able to progress your application.

Year 10 & 11 work placement eligibility

All Year 10 & 11 pupils who have an interest in working within a healthcare setting are eligible to apply for a work placement as long as it is part of their school’s work experience programme. Please note all placements are subject to availability.

Will I be able to shadow a doctor?

To apply to shadow a doctor or a clinical member of staff you must be in year 12 or above. This is due to the nature of the work, maintaining the privacy, dignity and confidentiality of our patients and to safeguard not only our most vulnerable patients but also yourself.

Are there any restrictions?

As with all NHS Trusts there will be certain areas in which student restrictions will apply. These areas are: A&E, Theatres, Paediatrics, Endoscopy and Critical Care.

Students are not allowed to see any of the following:

“Major invasive procedures (e.g. major planned or major emergency surgery – where there is a risk of impeding work flow or a risk to the student such as fainting)

Any exposure to infectious or hazardous agents, or patients who pose a risk of transmitting serious infectious diseases

Intimate procedures (e.g. breast, vaginal, other genital or rectal examination, lower GI endoscopy)

Any healthcare which is distressing – e.g. resuscitation, death certification”

 [Work Placement and Work Experience Policy September 2012]