As part of the local community, we are happy to provide work experience placements for students aged 16-18 who are considering a medical career in the future.
Our programme is coordinated by the undergraduate education centre and, as such, runs alongside our medical student programme. It is primarily aimed at students wishing to become doctors of the future and therefore require relevant work experience for their medical school application.
Medicine and paediatric 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 attend theatres.
All placements are purely observational (no hands-on tasks are permitted) but give you an idea whether the hospital environment is the ideal workplace for you.
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
Placements in paediatrics: minimum age 17
Information for students
Personal applications for places during school holidays can no longer be accepted for 2014. We have had triple the amount of applications to the number of places available and sadly cannot accommodate any new requests.
All placements during term time are available only to local schools that have reserved a dedicated week with us through their work experience coordinator / careers advisor. Many local schools have already reserved a number of places with us and may be able to nominate students for one of these.
Information for schools
We do currently have limited term time vacancies available and may be able to offer up to five term time places per school if suitable dates can be agreed. Please email Claire Potter at email@example.com to see if we can accommodate your request 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.
To those who have already applied and are awaiting a response
The application window closed on 1 November 2013, and we are currently working on allocating places on a 'first come first served' basis to students who have met our criteria. We thank you for your patience, but due to the volume of requests received and other work commitments there may be a slight delay hearing the outcome.