Work experience

Offering work experience placements to all

Spending time in a workplace can help you to explore career paths, find out more about the skills needed and talk to a professional that’s already working in the role.

We are one of the largest and most successful teaching hospital trusts in the UK, employ over 13500 staff and are recognised nationally and internationally as a centre for healthcare excellence.

We believe it’s important to increase employment opportunities for young people, graduates and a range of disadvantaged groups across our region by providing equity of access to the following;

  • Work Insight Visits to inform career choice pathways and support preparation for a health care professional further or higher education programme.
  • Unpaid placements for a specific purpose, including pre-registration or post-graduate experience, higher education institute (HEI) employees who are required to undertake some clinical observation or practice, or visiting health professionals

We welcome your application as a school, college or university student, for a short insight visit, usually 2 days in length, for a wide range of careers that you may not even have considered before. 

Frequently asked questions?

How old do I have to be?

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There is no maximum age for work experience, however the minimum age is 16.

What type of placements are on offer?

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We offer many different insight visits across various areas. Please note that all Work Insight days are unpaid.


Due to limited capacity, although we will do our utmost to accommodate any requests received, not all applicants can be guaranteed a place. Please note programmes are being constantly reviewed and are therefore liable to change.


Placement

Placement Details

Can I be a doctor?
2 day programme challenging the perception of who can become a doctor. Supported by the Social Mobility Foundation; a charity that encourages and supports access to universities and professional occupations for high attaining pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Involves some classroom based activity and time spent shadowing a junior doctor.
Aimed at 16-18 year olds from selected/enrolled schools
Do you want to be a Doctor?
2 day programme held at the end of the summer term involves some classroom based activity, 2 half days shadowing a junior doctor and a session at the Medical School where advice is given about UCAS applications and programmes of study.
Aimed at 16-18 year olds but accessed by mature students when appropriate
Do you want to be a Nurse/Midwife?
2 day programme held at the end of the summer term involves practical skills based activity and insight visits to various departments and clinical specialities.
Aimed at 16-18 year olds but accessed by mature students when appropriate
Midwifery
1 Day visit for Under/Post graduate students
Radiology
Half day visit including tour of facilities and observation of the work of the department.
Mainly Undergraduate students who have applied or are applying to study Radiology at University
Physiotherapy
1 day visit including tour of facilities and observation of the work of the department.
Aimed at undergraduate students who have applied or are applying to study Physiotherapy, must live in Newcastle.
Chaplaincy
Well established programme for Theology Students who access a short (2 weeks) or longer (6 month) placement.
Newcastle University Biomedical Science Programme
1 day programme runs in March each year for students in Year 3 Biomedical Sciences Degree programme who are considering medicine as an option.
Chaplaincy
Well established programme for Theology Students who access a short (2 weeks) or longer (6 month) placement.
Shadowing Opportunities
1 or 2 days spent shadowing an individual employee in their role
Dental
1 day visit including a tour of the facilities and observation of the department


How long is a typical placement?

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Most placements are 2 days in length.

How do I apply?

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Just complete the form linked in the 'Apply Here' section below.

Will I be guaranteed a place?

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While we cannot guarantee a placement we do our best to accommodate requests.

Is there a waiting list?

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Some specialist areas can offer a very limited number of places so there may be a waiting list.

How long does it take to process an application?

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An application can be processed within 10 working days. However, please be aware that does not mean a placement opportunity will be available that quickly.

What time will my placement start/end?

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Generally placements start at 8.30am and end at 4.30am however that can vary depending on the activities. In some cases, students may be asked to leave earlier if clinical demands take precedence.

What do I need to bring?

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Food or some money for lunch. We recommend sensible shoes as you will be on your feet for long periods. Please do not bring large bags as some clinical areas have limited storage space. Mobile phones are also not allowed in clinical areas.

How do I get there?

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Newcastle Hospitals are best accessed by public transport as parking is limited. Find out more below:

 > RVI Click Here

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Apply here

Application form

Please complete the application form and send to workexperiencequeries@nuth.nhs.uk

Example work placement booklet

This is an example of a work placement booklet that you may recieve.

Please note that we cannot guarantee every application will be successful and we reserve the right to cancel placements at short notice should clinical need dictate.

Contact Us

Email Address

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All queries should be sent to workexperiencequeries@nuth.nhs.uk

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