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NHS Work Experience

Work experience can help you to develop your skills, choose possible career pathways and also help you to gain an understanding of the vast opportunities within the NHS.  Work experience opportunities are available within most of the NHS trusts in the north east and information on how to apply and who to contact is outlined for you below.

City Hospitals Sunderland is committed to supporting work experience and shadowing placements for students, utilising all appropriate clinical and non-clinical areas to provide a range of work based activities. These placements give an insight into, and actively promote, careers across a wide range of job within the trust. There are a number of ways to apply for work experience with this trust and your application will be shortlisted depending on your circumstances.  There is an application form on City Hospitals Sunderland's website and you can also email the work experience team if you have any queries.


County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is committed to supporting work experience opportunities for young people within the trust's catchment area, using all appropriate clinical and non-clinical areas to provide a broad range of work based experience. They offer work experience to students aged 15 years and over, however there are some restrictions which are listed on their website. You can express an interest in doing work experience with the trust through an online application form and the team will advise if you are successful in securing a place.  For the application form or to contact the team visit their website.



Work experience placements are essential to young adults who would like to experience the world of work and gain information about a range of careers in order to make informed career choices. Providing work experience placements enables the trust to build invaluable links with the surrounding community through working with local educational establishments.  By providing work experience for 14 -19 year old students throughout the trust, they hope that they will be viewed as an excellent employer for the future.

Work placements are offered in a number of different areas across the trust. In addition, medical, midwifery, nursing and physiotherapy shadowing placements are also available for those who wish to gain a broader understanding in these areas. Some departments offer work experience placements on an ad-hoc basis and others have specific weeks when they offer their work experience programmes. Priority places are given to those living and studying in the Gateshead area but others may apply on an adhoc basis. Applicants to the more popular programmes may be required to attend an informal interview and are required to attend an induction morning prior to the commencement of their placement.  If you are interested in applying for work experience at Gateshead Healthcare then you need to email the Work Placement Coordinator, details are on their website.


As part of our commitment to developing the future health care workforce, Newcastle Hospitals Trust offer opportunities for individuals to find out more about potential careers in the NHS through their annual work experience programmes. Due to the high demand for work experience, they have to limit the number of placements. They have recently revised their policy and their work experience programmes can be found on their website.



Unfortunately this trust doesn't offer work experience opportunities, however there is information about volunteering available on their website.



The trust provides both medical and non-medical work experience opportunities.

For medical work experience placements applications are considered from those seriously considering a career in medicine or have applied/are applying to become a medical student and wish to spend some time with a consultant and their team.  Unfortunately medical work experience placements are currently on hold whilst the trust develops a new system. Please keep checking the website for updates as they hope to have a new scheme in place shortly.

Non-medical work experience placements are arranged via the Training and Development Department. At this current time they are on hold as policies are being reviewed so please do not submit any applications during this period. Their website will be updated when normal service resumes.


If you are still at school the trust can offer you work experience in a variety of settings to give you a taste of what it is like working in a busy trust.  To apply for work experience please visit Northumbria's website.



A work experience placement at South Tees Hospitals will provide a great opportunity to learn about work in general and the NHS in particular. The Widening Participation & Learning Team offer a unique learning experience in many wards and departments which can help influence future decisions regarding the rest of your education and career pathway. To apply for a work experience opportunity then please download the work experience pack via their website.


South Tyneside can offer medical work experience opportunities. For more information on this and to apply please visit their website and contact our Learning and Development Centre.


Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust recognises the importance of work experience, not only as a means of providing individuals with an insight into potential careers with the NHS, and of initial contact with potential future employees for the trust, but in relation to its corporate responsibility to the local community. As such the trust is committed to supporting local employment support services, schools, colleges, adult training organisations, people interested in applying for work experience within the trust.

 For further information please contact Linda Setterfield, Workforce Development on 01642451609 or email linda.setterfield@nhs.net.


Work Experience Opportunities in Primary Care

As well as completing work experience in hospitals, there are hundreds of GP practices across the north east who offer work experience in a primary care setting.  This will offer you the opportunity to gain an insight into the role of a GP as well as other staff in the clinic such as nurses or allied health professionals. You will learn how each GP clinic is run to cater for a variety of patients and illnesses. We have produced some information on finding work experience opportunities in primary care and have also compiled a list of GP practices in the area who will consider taking students.


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