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Work Experience Quality Standard

A new HEE Work Experience Quality Standard is now available for healthcare organisations to apply for. The quality standard award, which can be displayed, will give organisations and placement holders assurance that the work experience on offer reaches the highest possible standards.

The standard which aims to support a good level of standardisation and consistency of offer between organisations across the country will also allow an appropriate amount of flexibility to acknowledge that work experience placements are offered in a variety of different ways.

To be awarded the standard, organisations must demonstrate how the work experience placements they offer are planned, delivered and evaluated. Health Education England will then award a bronze, silver or gold quality standard award, free of charge, which will last for two years. The organisation can then display the quality standard digital logo and certificate in order to demonstrate that it meets the standard.

Please note, while this quality standard has been designed for the assurance of in-person work experience, it can be used to support and add value to existing quality assurance processes for other types of programmes and work placements.

Work Experience Quality Standard Framework

The quality standard framework includes all of the criteria to qualify for the bronze, silver and gold quality standard. The criteria is broken down into six sections which correspond to a work experience placement:

  • Healthcare organisation
  • Pre-Placement
  • Placement Induction
  • During Placement
  • Reflection and Review
  • Post Placement

Read the Quality Standard Framework by clicking on the image below.

This document is also available in the Related Documents section of this page.

Work Experience Quality Standard Framework  













Work Experience Quality Standard Guidance

The quality standard guidance document includes further information about the purpose of the standard, and guidance notes and instructions to assist healthcare organisations in understanding how they can demonstrate that they meet each of the criteria, and to assist in completing the application form.

Read the Quality Standard Guidance by clicking on the image.

This document is also available in the Related Documents section of this page.

Work Experience Quality Standard Guidance














Applying for the Quality Standard

Healthcare organisations that wish to apply for the quality standard must email workexperiencetfc@hee.nhs.uk to request an application form, using the subject title “Work Experience Quality Standard – [health organisation name]”. HEE will respond by providing an application form, and a private Sharepoint folder for all evidence to be uploaded into. Further instructions on applying can be found in the guidance document.

Healthcare organisations can apply for the quality standard at any time throughout the year. However, organisations should be aware that their application will only be reviewed at set times of the year, which can be found below or in Annex 1 in the guidance document.

Please note, only one application form will be accepted per organisation.

If further support is required with the application process, please contact workexperiencetfc@hee.nhs.uk.

Cycle of review dates

Please see the dates for the cycles of review below for 2022/23. These dates will be advertised and updated accordingly.

Please note, healthcare organisations who submit an application may be contacted via email in the 6-week period of review following the submission deadline with requests for further information or evidence to support their application.


Cycle 1

Submission deadline: 19th September 2022

Decisions communicated: 14th – 28th November 2022

Cycle 2

Submission deadline: 18th January 2023

Decisions communicated: 16th – 30th March 2023