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HEE Graduate and Student Placement Scheme 2020

Health Education England have welcomed 22 graduates and placement students into many different areas of work and locations within the organisation.

These placements will provide students with invaluable experience of working within a national NHS organisation that is very closely linked to the Department of Health and Social Care. Placements were available in a variety of corporate functions such as:

  • Human Resources and Organisational Development
  • Finance
  • Communications
  • IT and Information Development
  • Corporate affairs
  • Global Health Management
  • Chief Executives Office or within business teams in regional offices located across England.

-  One-year placement starting from July 2020

- Annual salary of £17,820 per annum

- 37.5 hour working week (Monday - Friday)

- Employee Benefits package including; 27 days annual leave allowance, eye care vouchers, health service discounts and more. Additional information can be found here

- A full induction programme, with involvement from the HEE Executive team and Board

- An opportunity to work in a busy but rewarding environment

- Regular conversations with a dedicated manager to track progress and explore potential future development opportunities

- A friendly and helpful team who will support you throughout your placement, as well as support offered by your own mentor and through a graduate network

- A written placement development plan relevant to your role

- Graduate training sessions throughout the year

- An opportunity to present to the HEE Board on the conclusion of the programme.

Case Studies 


Ella Clifford

Team: Corporate Affairs

Degree subject: International Business Management

University: Manchester Metropolitan University

What do you hope to get out of your placement? The main reason I applied for a placement year is to get to know what aspects within businesses I have a true interest in. I can’t wait to build some excellent relationships, sit in on meetings where important decisions are made and also get the chance to voice my ideas that will hopefully make improvements for patients and staff.

What are you most looking forward to? I am looking forward to having responsibilities and using my skills to help HEE flow more effectively whilst also learning new skills on a daily basis.

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Jazmine Higgins

Team: Communications

Degree subject: Psychology

University: University of Leeds

What do you hope to get out of your placement? I want to gain as much real-world experience as possible as although I have had part-time/seasonal jobs in the past, my main focus has been on my education which hasn’t left much time to explore opportunities within a full-time workplace. I am keen to develop skills that I have acquired at university and apply them to my role within the Communications Team at HEE, alongside acquiring new ones which will benefit me in the future. I wish to leave my placement with a clear insight and understanding about what working within a communications team in a large organisation is like and how this contributes to the overall aims of HEE, which will help inform my future career endeavours.

What are you most looking forward to? I am most looking forward to working with a range of individuals both internally and externally, maintaining professional relationships which will help to ensure that I not only conduct my role in the best way but will also help me to gain vital experience in working with others involved in different fields. I am also really looking forward to challenging myself, completing tasks that I have never had to before and hopefully identifying new strengths as I learn.


Luke Williams

Team: HR&OD

Degree subject: Human Resource Management and Business

University: Leeds Beckett University

What do you hope to get out of your placement? I hope to gather some valuable work experience to consolidate my learning and develop my skill set. Also, to forge strong relationships with colleagues whilst working to a high standard and contributing to the performance of organisation. 

What are you most looking forward to? After two years at university I am looking forward to working as part of a team and putting theory into practice whilst working in line with the values of the organisation.  I am excited about connecting and working with staff within HEE to help support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England.


Selina Lee Wolks

Team: Best Place to Work Programme

Degree subject: (MSc) Health Psychology

University: Manchester Metropolitan University

What do you hope to get out of your placement? My expectations are to gain experience for my future career path, obtaining a better knowledge of the field of ‘People and Communications’, and learning the skills needed to progress within my professional portfolio. I am hoping to become an acknowledged member of the team, who may make a difference. Lastly, I want to build upon my network, which may help me in my future.

What are you most looking forward to? I am looking forward to start working and to use my skills and knowledge that i have gain at university. I am looking forward to working with colleagues and meeting new persons whom to network and socialise with. It will be interesting to see how the different departments interact with one another. I am anticipating discovering my strengths and weaknesses and how to resolve and improve my weaknesses.

See case studies from our current and previous graduates.




Jordan Hornby

Team: Diversity, Inclusion and Participation Team

Degree subject: Business Management

University: Birmingham City University

What do you hope to get out of your placement? To gather the most experience in a public sector by expanding my academic knowledge into real-life practice, gathering confidence to speak to professionals to corporate functions. With hopes for the future is to be offered a graduate scheme within HEE.

What are you most looking forward to? I am most looking forward into transferring my B2C communications from hospitality experience into professional B2B communications. I am also looking forward to gathering contacts within HEE and companies outside, by building business relationships and networks, based on my performance.


Emily Hall

Team: BOB People Strategy Programme

Degree subject: Sociology

University: Lancaster University

What do you hope to get out of your placement? I have just finished my third year in my degree in Sociology, where I developed my interest in the innovation, targets and issues relating to public health and healthcare. I hope the placement will help me to explore these passions further through working on projects and as part of a team. I also hope that the placement will lead to me being more experienced and knowledgeable and help to broaden my ideas about my future long-term career working somewhere within the healthcare sector.

What are you most looking forward to? I am really excited to have been placed with the BOB People Strategy Programme for the placement and to help the team with their work making the NHS the best place to work. I am really looking forward to doing research, working on projects and being immersed within the work of the organisation.


Lucy Walker

Team: Population Health and Prevention

Degree subject: Philosophy and Politics

University: University of York

What do you hope to get out of your placement? I hope to get as much experience out of the placement as I can, from leading on projects to carrying out admin tasks! My current career goal is to work in policymaking – specifically environmental policy – which is a competitive field. I am certain that working at HEE, and in the Population Health and Prevention team, will give me lots of desirable skills and experience for securing a career in policy.

What are you most looking forward to? I’m most looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things! Everyone in my team has been absolutely lovely, and the other graduate/placement students have been equally kind and supportive; I’m really excited to get to know them all better. Not only that, being so involved in project management and public health work is a big learning curve for me that I am really excited to take on. I know it’ll all be worth it in the end when I have lots of project management skills under my belt.



Sherryl Ann Arellano

Team: National School of Healthcare Science

Degree subject: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

University: Anglia Ruskin University

What do you hope to get out of your placement? I want to complement and strengthen what I have learned during my MBA and my previous work experiences. I’m also planning to learn from the team to improve my project management competency, understand the values of the organisation and how HEE and NHS operate with a view to exploring potential permanent opportunities at the end of my placement.

What are you most looking forward to? I look forward to working with a great team of professionals and undertake tasks or projects that will continually develop my knowledge, skills and confidence.