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Insight programmes

Our Programmes

Nursing and Midwifery:

Wednesday 8th May 2024 closing date for applications 17th April 2024

This programme offers a deeper insight into Healthcare Support, Adult, Paediatric and Mental Health Nursing as well as Midwifery, exploring the various routes and career pathways available.

Caring in the NHS:

Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st January 2024 closing date for applications 4th December 2023

This 2 day programme gives students the opportunity to learn more about some of the Allied Health Professions, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, Nutrition and Dietetics, Theatre staff, Healthcare Support Workers and Paramedics. The programme is delivered through presentations, demonstrations and skills based activities.

NHS Careers in a Non-Patient Facing Role:

Wednesday 7th February 2024 closing date for applications 5th January 2024

Are you not sure what you would like to do? Maybe you are thinking of engineering, finance, communications, Human Resources, Estates and Maintenance. There are many roles in the NHS that are not patient facing. Join us to hear about the career options available at CUH – what will be your choice?

Healthcare Science 2 day programme:

Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th January 2024 closing date for applications 20th December 2023

This two day programme will provide you with insight into the many different areas in Healthcare Science at a leading hospital. With some practical sessions, talks and tours from our staff this will be a programme not to miss if you have a keen interest in science. So, whether you are thinking Bioinformatics, Biomedical Science, Histopathology or Physical Sciences come and join us for the two days to find out the difference between them all.

Year 10 Work Experience set programme:

Tuesday 16th January, Friday 2nd February, Tuesday 5th March & Thursday 2nd May 2024 applications to be received by 20th December. Please note we do not accept requests for college year 10 weeks due to capacity. Year 10s have the opportunity to apply for this 4 day set programme at CUH.

This 4-day programme is for year 10 students from local schools who are interested in working in the NHS and would like to know more about it. Students sign up to attend all 4 days. As students are under the age of 16, this is delivered in the classroom through presentations, talks and activities. We work with the school’s career advisor / work experience coordinator to select the most suitable students.

Programmes for Year 12 & 13 or up to 24 years of age if studying at a local College only:

Medical Shadowing: placement dates on request dependant on availability of staff. Applications must be received 2 months prior to placement request date. If we are not able to place you on the date requested, another date will be offered. Please Note the request for medical shadowing is oversubscribed and not all requests will be fulfilled.

Medical Shadowing is specifically for sixth form students applying to study medicine at University. The placement aims to provide an insight in the working life of the Consultant or Junior Doctor in order to aid the student in completing their UCAS application for Medical School. Students will shadow a Consultant for 1-3 days depending on availability during which time they will observe patient consultations, ward rounds, clinic / department procedures, multidisciplinary team meetings and emergency care.

Applications must be submitted at least 2 months prior to placement request date as health clearance from our Occupational Health team will be required before the placement can take place. Please note placements are in term time and the holiday period. We are unable to support all requests for the holidays only. The request date is a guide for us and we will do our best to accommodate this. Please be aware we have to prioritise medical / clinical work and due to unforeseen circumstances, placements maybe postponed and rearranged at short notice.

Medical Work Experience Programme plus 1 day placement:

Tuesday 30th April 2024 applications to be received by 1st March 2024

This two day programme is for sixth form students considering a career in medicine to answer the question “is this the right career for me?”

The first day is a proactive classroom based programme with speakers and presentations from a range of clinical staff, offering the chance to ask questions and find out what University interviews are really like.

During the following week the students will be allocated a day when they shadow a Consultant in Cambridge University Hospitals or Royal Papworth Hospital. During this time they may observe patient consultations, ward rounds, clinic/ department procedures, multidisciplinary team meetings and emergency care. There is also the opportunity to observe in one of our Theatres for students over the age of 17. Please state if you are interested in a theatre placement.

Cambridge Clinical Research Centre : Thursday 14 March 2024, Thursday 27 June 2024

There are 8 spaces on each programme. Please specify your reason for applying in your application form.

We offer students chance to participate in some work shadowing in the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre. This 1 day programme provides students with a chance to spend time meeting researchers, watching clinical skills, touring our research facility and labs. The programme aims to cover the Ethics of research, Metabolic research, patient and public involvement, early phase trials in Oncology and Paediatric research. (Subject to programme change)


If you are interested in attending an Insight Programme at CUH please speak to your Careers Advisor at college for authorisation (if it is in college time) in the first instance and obtain an application form, or download the application form here.

Confirmation of placement will be sent once the programme has closed to applications, so please make sure you check your spam box.

Please complete the application form attached or on our website to request shadowing or attend an insight programme and email to:

Unfortunately we are unable to respond directly to all applicants who have not secured a placement due to quantity of requests.