Are you aged 16 or over and interested in gaining valuable work experience within the NHS?
Work experience is an opportunity for a placement within a real life workplace setting. It is all about giving you an insight into the world of work.
Work experience helps people to prepare for professional study and their future career. It allows those on placement to see what the job is really like, understand the demands of job roles and careers and to find out if it is suited to them.
It gives participants the opportunity to understand, develop and demonstrate the values, attitudes and behaviours necessary to work in the NHS.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust currently offers short-term work experience opportunities for people aged 16 years and over. The maximum duration is two weeks.
What are the benefits of work experience in the NHS?
For the individual:
Helps you to understand specific job roles and careers, including how roles function as part of a wider multidisciplinary team.
Offers insight to help you navigate your own career path.
Develops your confidence and soft skills, including communication, teamwork and resilience.
For the employer:
Attract motivated people of all ages, promoting diversity and inclusion in the workforce.
Improve future interest in the organisation as a place to work.
Improved engagement with the local community.
An opportunity to positively influence people’s career choices and support workforce growth for the future.
350 Careers to choose from
Did you know that there are 350 different careers available within the NHS – with a career to suit everyone’s interests, knowledge and skills?
If you’re interested in a career within the NHS and are looking for work experience, you may already know which job role or career pathway is right for you. However, if you’re not quite sure yet there is information available about the many different careers, including a careers quiz to help you find your future:
Getting a work experience placement
Please note: While we do our very best to accomodate work experience requests, submitting an application does not always guarantee a placement with us.
This is due to the high number of requests that the Trust receives and the need to balance work experience requests with current activity and pressures in our hospitals.
Once we have received your application, you will be contacted by a member of the education team, who will be able to let you know if we can offer you a placement.
Please note that we do not provide work experience within the following areas and there are no exceptions to this:
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Radiology for individuals under 18 years of age
- Accident and Emergency
All work experience placements are offered as an observation-only experience.
How do I apply?
It’s great to hear your interested in potentially getting some work experience in the NHS and within our Trust. The first step is to submit an application form.Complete our online application form
The application process
The applicant completes an online application form.
- The application for is received and reviewed by our education and development hub.
- Our team will scope any potential placement opportunities in our hospital.
- The applicant will be informed of the outcome within 10 working days
- If a placement is available – additional required forms will be sent to the applicant (and any patent or guardian) for completion.
Once all forms are received and reviewed a placement will be confirmed with the applicant and they will be given further information on next steps.
While you are on placement we will:
Provide you with an immersive experience that offers valuable insight into what it is like to work within the NHS.
Include you and treat you with dignity and respect in line with the values outlined in our Customer Care Charter.
Provide supervision and support at all times to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
While on work experience placement you will:
Dress in a manner that promotes trust and confidence in the professionalism of the NHS, including being ‘bare below the elbows’ if working or entering a clinical setting.
‘Bare below the elbows’ means no wrist watches or wrist jewellery, no stoned rings (one plain band permitted), no nail polish or false/gel nails and short sleeves or sleeves rolled up above the elbow.
Be aware of the Trust’s Customer Care Charter and conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the values outlined within the Charter.
Listen to and follow the instruction of your supervisor at all times, adhering to all rules and regulations outlined by your placement area.
Maintain confidentiality at all times, this includes for patients, members of staff and the organisation more broadly. Any breach of this will result in immediate termination of your placement.
To be punctual and inform your placement area of any concerns or problems you may have.