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Work Shadowing Placements for Sixth Form Students

Due to unprecedented number of applications received since September, we are now closed to receiving further applications for shadowing placements at CUH. We will open up again to receiving applications late Spring. Please accept our sincere apologies for this, we appreciate how important work shadowing placements are.

These work shadowing opportunities are open to students attending a college within the county of Cambridgeshire extending to students who attend colleges just over the border.  If you are unsure if this includes you, please email for confirmation.

Colleges within our catchment area are notified of the programmes below and places are allocated via an application process through the Work Opportunities Team.  Attendance requires authorisation from your college either your Career’s Advisor or your Tutor.  Please contact your college careers advisor for an application form or see the electronic link below.

We request that students contact us directly regarding their work experience and not the parents. Please note we are still currently receiving a high volume of emails and it may take a while for us to respond.  Please note due to the backlog of applications from this last academic year, placements may not be until 2023.

Further information that you may find useful:

There is an on-line pre-employment health and care academy called ‘It’s All Coming Together’ which has information regarding careers in the NHS; this consists of live sessions from a range of NHS professions which you may find of interest.  For more information please visit: It’s all coming together (opens in a new tab)  if you have any difficulties accessing the information, please email Health & Care Academy

If you would like any career information, or information on apprenticeships that may be available please email:

Please see below for the process and electronic application form.

Physiotherapy: Four half days

This is a popular programme for students studying biology and with an interest in Physiotherapy as a future career prospect.  Individuals spend time with various Physiotherapy teams in order to get an over view of the role of the Physiotherapist. The programme runs every month.  It takes place over four days, from Monday – Thursday, and are held on the second week of every month.  From 9am – 12 midday.

Medical Shadowing & Clinical Shadowing including Laboratories, Health Sciences and Allied Health Professionals

Placement dates on request, dependant on availability of staff.  Applications must be received 2 months prior to the placement request date.  If we are not able to place you on the date requested, another date will be offered.  Please note: requests for Medical Shadowing are oversubscribed and not all requests will be fulfilled.  These requests can be anywhere within the Trust, including Radiology, Radiotherapy, Theatres (if aged 18), Emergency Department, Trauma, Cardiology to name a few.  If you have a preferred area, please specify, although we cannot guarantee the placement.

Medical Shadowing is specifically for sixth form students applying to study medicine / AHP / Science at University.  The placement aims to provide an insight into 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 / Clinician 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 two months prior to the placement request date as health clearance from our Occupational Health team will be required before the placement can take place.

Nutrition and Dietetics

The Dietetics department offer half day visitor sessions once a month to shadow members of the department to gain some further understanding and experience of this role.  Please apply via our website

Occupational Therapy

You will be spending the morning (9.00 – 12.30) shadowing one of our teams. We will introduce you to the ward or clinic environment and discuss the different effects of disability faced within their specific clinical field. You will have the opportunity to observe assessment and/or treatment sessions with an occupational therapy staff member – with patient agreement. These programmes are run bi-monthly.


If you are interested in a placement at CUH please complete the electronic application form here or speak to your Careers Advisor / tutor at college who will be able to assist you.  Once this has been fully completed, including the teacher section (this provides us with authorisation from the college of your attendance if you are successful), please scan and email to

We are oversubscribed with requests for placements, so are unable to guarantee a placement.  We aim to respond to applications within 3 months.  Please make sure you check your spam box regularly for email confirmation from us.