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Work experience


Work experience at Epsom General Hospital is coordinated by the Undergraduate Education team and, as such, runs alongside the medical student programme. It is primarily aimed at students wishing to become doctors of the future, therefore requiring relevant work experience for their medical school application.

Medicine placements consist of shadowing a consultant and their team of junior doctors during their day to day work, including ward rounds, clinics, day case procedures and departmental meetings. The surgical places are quite similar but, in addition, students are permitted to observe in the theatres.

Placements are purely observational (no hands-on tasks are permitted) but give an idea whether the hospital environment is the ideal workplace for you.

Each placement is one week in length and runs from Monday to Friday (not including bank holidays)

Students should be aware that the following minimum age restrictions apply:

  • Placements in medicine: minimum age 16

  • Placements in surgery: minimum age 17

  • Placements in accident and emergency (A&E): minimum age 17. 

Work experience application windows for both 2014 and 2015 are closed. Once we have had time to process the high volume of applications already received, students will be notified of the outcome, which we hope to be able to confirm by the end of the year.

School Holiday places

Applications for school holiday places for 2014 and 2015 have closed. We expect applications for 2016 places to open around September 2015.

Term time placements

If you would like to be be considered for a term time placement, kindly speak to your careers advisor. We are in contact with a number of local schools who have reserved spaces for their students. Unfortunately we cannot accept personal applications for term time places.

Information for schools

We do currently have limited term time vacancies available and may be able to offer up to five places per school if suitable dates can be agreed. Please email Claire Potter at claire.potter@esth.nhs.uk to see if your request can be accommodated and to specify how you would like your places allocated. Some schools prefer to co-ordinate their own internal application process, others are happy for us to allocate on a 'first come first served' basis.

Key contacts

St Helier Hospital
Unfortunately, work experience will no longer be available at St Helier Hospital for the foreseeable future.

Epsom Hospital
Applications for our 2014 and 2015 programme are closed. We expect applications for 2016 places to open around September 2015. Please check back for updates nearer to the time.

For all work experience enquiries at Epsom Hospital, please contact Claire Potter.

More information

For people just starting out in their career, specific websites are available, such as Step into the NHS which is aimed at 14-19 year olds, and raises awareness of the many career opportunities in the NHS.

You can also visit What can I do with my degree  for ideas about the careers available based on the degree you have studied for.

Work experience application form