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Work experience

What sort of work will I be doing?

Students on the Medical Shadowing, Medical Work Experience and Physiotherapy programmes will be observing clinicians; these can be in wards and in clinics.

On other work experience programmes students will have a variety of talks, tours presentations and activities from a range of staff.

What are the hours of work?

Students usually start at 08.30 and finish at 16.30 but this is flexible depending on the department that you are visiting.

It is essential that you are punctual as bad time keeping impacts on our service.

What do I need to wear?

Normal office attire should be worn (shirt and trousers or skirt, dress and closed in smart low heeled shoes.  Jeans, sportswear, canvas shoes and trainers are never appropriate).

If your work experience will involve being in wards and clinics you will need to adhere to the bare below the elbows policy and be aware that clinical areas can be very warm so layers are a good idea.

Nails should be kept clean, short and without polish.

Please also keep personal belongings to a minimum.

Mobile phones must be switched off.

Are there any rules?

Yes there are some which all staff must follow and we will expect you to abide by them. Some of the important ones are highlighted here:


It is natural to want to discuss experiences of a work placement with friends and family. However you must ensure that you do not disclose any information which could identify an individual patient or member of staff, or information about the business of the Trust.

You must also let your supervisor know immediately if you know any patient personally. Every patient will be informed about the presence of work experience students and asked (without you being present) for consent for you to be present. You will only be able to remain with the nurse/doctor if the patient agrees.  Please don’t be upset if the patient refuses consent, it is their right and they may not feel comfortable having a non-qualified person watching their treatment.

Social media covers a wide range of channels allowing people to share information, opinions and interests. For example Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube etc. The press and media also encourage participation on issues through web discussions on their internet pages.  If you use social media in your private time off site then the Trust still expects that you will behave responsibly and professionally and in accordance with the Trust values and policies. Your actions must not bring the Trust into disrepute.

For further information, please visit our work experience pages:

Work Experience