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Work experience

All work experience placement provide the individuals with the chance to observe professionals at work within NHS. This opportunity can be educational and inspiring, enabling you to consider your possible career options within this trust.

Do you have aspirations of becoming a doctor, surgeon, nurse or even a midwife? Are you interested in physiotherapy, pharmacy, carpentry or even catering as a career?  The NHS offers a wide range of different career opportunities.

What the Trust can offer.

A wide range of work experience placements are available, they are between 2- 3 days. All placements reflect upon 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 14 years and above, this includes people who are in higher education.

What would you choose?

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 even be eligible to accompany a doctor on a ward or shadow a surgeon in theatre depending on age 16 +.  We also have administration areas such as our finance, HR or communications departments, we still need plumbers, painters and; decorators; it's not just about clinical roles and professions.

What happens next?

The Process:

If you would like to be considered for a placement you will need to contact your Work experience coordinator / Careers Advisor and ask to be nominated. If you have been successful in your nomination you will be invited to an Induction day.  You will undertake a short interview if you are successful you will participate in various activities which will be delivered by various NHS staff from various divisions and departments of the trust. On the Induction you are required to bring to 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

Nominations are at the discretion of your Work experience coordinator/Careers advisor from your School/ College/University. The cut-off date for all 2018 nominations to be received by the University Hospital Bristol Work experience coordinator no later than 31December 2017.

Nomination requests are sent to via email, the Work experience coordinator or Careers advisor within your local catchment area  to the School/College/University listed below:

  • Ashton Park School (6th form)
  • Bath College
  • Bedminster Down Secondary School (Community) (11-16)
  • Bridge Learning Campus (11-16) Community
  • Bristol Brunel Academy (11-18)
  • Bristol Grammar School (7-13)
  • Bristol Steiner School Independent (6-16)
  • Bristol University
  • Broadlands School, Keynsham
  • Broad oak Mathematics and Computing College
  • Chew Valley
  • City of Bristol College
  • Clevedon School
  • Clifton College
  • Clifton High School
  • Colston Girls School
  • Colston School
  • Cotham School Community (11-18)
  • Deglitch Studio School
  • Gordano School (Academy) (11 - 18)
  • Merchants Academy (11-18)
  • Nailsea School Community (11-18)
  • Oasis Academy John Williams (11-18)
  • Oldfield School Bath
  • Priory Community School
  • Queen Elizabeth's Hospital Independent (7-18)
  • Redland Green Community School (11-18)
  • Redland High School for Girls
  • St. Katherine's School (Community) (11-18)
  • St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School
  • St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School (6th Form)
  • Sidcot School (Independent)
  • The City Academy Bristol (11-18)
  • The Kings of Wessex Academy

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 will be arranged via: The work Experience Coordinator. For further information regarding your schools activities please email: