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Work experience

Work experience is an opportunity for students to observe/shadow NHS staff in a day to day working environment. The student will gain knowledge and a better under-standing of the NHS. The placement can be both educational and inspirational, and can enable you to move forward in achieving your goals and aspirations for your future career.

What the Trust can offer

There is a wide range of work experience placements available. All placements reflect the requests and requirements of each individual student while taking into account any relevant age restrictions, eligibility and restrictions that may be applicable for certain areas. Placements are available for students aged 16 years and above, although they must be in higher education. Work experience at the Trust can include observing and shadowing clinical staff in a nursing or midwifery setting, visiting our extensive laboratories or experiencing the role of an occupational therapist. You may be eligible to accompany a doctor on a ward or shadow a surgeon in theatre depending on age. We also have administration areas such as our finance, HR or communications departments, as well as plumbers, painters and decorators; it's not just about clinical roles and professions.

Although students are encouraged to source their own work experience placements, we as a Trust do not accept external expressions of interest.

If you are successful in your nomination you will be invited to attend the 5 day placement. On the first day you will attend the Induction. You will have the opportunity to meet with some NHS staff and be involved in workshops delivered by NHS staff from various divisions and departments within the trust. On the induction day you are required tobring photographic ID i.e. in-date passport or photographic full driving licence. At the end of the day you will be given your placement timetable / ID badge. Please see here for the list of schools, colleges and universities within the agreed catchment area.

Exciting schools activities

For teachers, as an addition to our work experience programmes, we offer a diverse variety of schools activities. Bristol clinician led sessions, career events, conferences, mock interviews, workshops; 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. This can only be arranged in agreement with Trust's Work Experience Coordinator.

For further information regarding your schools activities please Email: