Work experience

Interested in becoming a future doctor?

Working in connection with Health Education England, we have a dedicated work experience programme which provides secondary school students the opportunity to gain career insight into a variety of specialties, primarily aimed at students whose career goal is to become an NHS doctor.

Our clinical exposure placements are a valuable and required element for all students looking to evidence their experience for UCAS applications to medical school.

We work with 24 local secondary schools and colleges and together with the individual school’s careers advisor, help to promote one-week placements in a variety of departments.

All of our placements are observational (no hands-on tasks) and supervised by a nominated consultant and their team, with additional career guidance and daily support from the Epsom Undergraduate Education Centre.

The weekly placements run from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). No weekend exposure is permitted.

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 applications

The work experience programme is currently on hold in both Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.   We aim to reinstate this programme as soon as possible.   Updates will be posted on this website.

Work Experience for students who have already received confirmation of a placement in 2019 will go ahead as planned.

Additional information for students

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