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Work experience

Interested in work experience?

Have you got aspirations of becoming a doctor or a surgeon?  Ever thought of physiotherapy or pharmacy as a career? Or even an electrician or carpenter? The NHS is not just about doctors and nurses.

What do we offer?

A wide range of work experience placements are available, they last between one and five days and you can shadow the Trusts employees within a diverse range of environments.  All placements reflect the requests and requirements of each individual student while taking into account any relevant age restrictions and eligibility that may be applicable for certain areas.  Placements are available for students aged 14 years and above, and also adults who may be looking to change career.

What would you choose?

Work experience at the Trust can include time shadowing clinical staff in a nursing or midwifery setting, visiting our extensive laboratories or experiencing the role of an occupational therapist.  You may even be eligible to accompany a doctor on a ward or shadow a surgeon in theatre.  We also have administration areas such as our finance, HR or communications departments you can visit, and dont forget we still need plumbers, and painters and decorators; its not all about clinical roles and professions.

What happens next?

The approval of all work experience placements depends upon the student fully completing an application form and the Trust obtaining satisfactory references, proof of identity and occupational health checks where applicable, you will also be required to attend a short interview. If you would like to be considered for a placement then please contact or 0117 34 20019 and we will be able to advise you on the next steps to take.  Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Exciting schools activities

For teachers, as an addition to our work experience programmes, we offer a diverse variety of schools activities.  These include anaesthetist led Back to School science based sessions, Insight into Medicine medical student/UH Bristol clinician led sessions, career events, conferences, mock interviews, workshops, visits and tours.  Students can also visit the Medical Simulation Centre where they can change into theatre clothes and walk into a mock operating theatre and experiment on life size manikins.

For further information regarding our schools activities please contact Julia Hudson - work experience co-ordinator - 0117 34 20019 or email