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Work experience

Work experience in the NHS offers the chance to see what the job is really like. It may confirm a person’s career choice, or open their eyes to other options that they hadn’t considered. Within the NHS there is a wide range of career choices from doctors to nurses and allied health professionals such as, physiotherapists, dieticians, radiographers, porters, ward clarks and occupational therapy. The NHS also depends on other staff who work in administration, finance, IT, estates, human resources and other areas.

See the NHS careers website for guidance information.

Work experience in the NHS offers the opportunity to sample a variety of jobs, across the whole range of interest and academic ability.

A record of work experience will be an advantage when applying for jobs or higher education courses.

What we offer

Work experience placements are provided in clinical and non-clinical work places within the trust for learners aged from 16, restrictions in certain areas may apply.

  • Placements are offered for up to 5 days in clinical and non-clinical areas
  • Other departments such as therapies, pharmacy and radiology offer 1 to 2 day placements.

Placements are strictly observational only and learners will be supervised at all times.

Placements are arranged throughout the year subject to availability.

  • Two-day programme consisting of career talks from various health professions
  • Programme will run yearly in the February and October half terms. Pre-booking is essential.
  • All participants must be aged 14 to 18 at time of placement
  • The programme will provide an insight into the varied careers within a busy hospital
  • This programme is beneficial if you are unsure of the roles within the NHS.

Science Open day

This is a one day event inviting students from local schools to come in and hear about a wide range of healthcare science careers that are offered in the Liverpool Clinical Laboratories.

  • Tuesday 18 October 2022.

Aspiring Medics Day

This is a one day programme inviting students from local schools to come in and hear from a wide range of doctors about their experiences of becoming a doctor and the work that they do now.

  • Tuesday 6 December 2022.

Nursing Career Day

A one-day programme inviting students from local schools to discover the wide range of nursing specialities there are within a NHS setting.

  • Tuesday 15 November 2022.

Allied Health Professional Career Day

This is a one day programme inviting students from local schools to come in and hear from a wide range of Allied Health Professionals eg. Radiographers, Physiotherapists, Therapies etc.

  • Friday 21 April 2023.

Dentistry Open Day

A one-day programme inviting students from local schools to learn about a wide range of Dentistry specialities within the NHS.

  • Friday 17 March 2023.

Wider Team Careers

This is a one-day programme inviting students from local schools to come to explore other roles within the NHS. There is a wide range of non-clinical careers such as IT, Administration, Estates, Security etc.

  • Friday 7th July 2023.

Application process

Individuals wishing to carry out Work Experience Placement must complete a Work Experience Application Form.

On completion of the form the work experience coordinator will liaise with the individual to complete all the necessary pre-placement checks.

The student and their parents/guardians are required to sign an honorary contract which gives permission for the placement to proceed and binds students to certain standards of behaviour. Failure to observe this code may mean instant termination of the placement. An honorary contract will be issued by the Work Experience Coordinator to notify successful candidates of the terms of their agreement.

If you wish to book a place for the Taste of the NHS programme or a Career Day event please complete a Career Day/Programme Application Form.

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