As one of the largest employers in the area, the Trust wishes to encourage members of the local community to consider and pursue a career in the NHS and the Trust. Relevant work experience in a health care setting is often a pre-requisite for the application process for Health and Social Care qualifications. Work experience should be a structured programme of learning, beneficial to the individual and ultimately to the Trust by facilitating local recruitment. Success of placements relies on an effective partnership between the Trust, Work Experience Co-ordinator, the Schools and Colleges and the students. No payment is involved to either party within this arrangement.

Work experience is an opportunity for local people to:

  • Find out more about the working environment
  • Have an insight into the variety of careers in the NHS and to help to inform career choices
  • Spend some time discovering if such a career is right for them

This policy does not cover placements for medical students, student nurses, student midwives and any students in professions allied to medicine as these placements are covered by formal contracts that the Trust has with Universities and the Strategic Health Authority.



To ensure that every person coming to the Trust to gain some experience of a particular role or to learn about the function of a department, has followed the official application process and has received an official offer of a placement.

A member of staff must be clearly identified to take responsibility for directly supervising the individual on placement. To ensure the safety of those on placement and the well being of patients and staff is protected, all Trust policies and guidance must be adhered to.

Any person found to be on a placement on Trust premises without the prior knowledge of the Work Experience Co-ordinator will be asked to leave and the member of staff who sanctioned it may face disciplinary proceedings.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Employee Experience Team
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: January 2018
Date Issued: January 2018
Review Date: November 2020
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Employee Experience Team


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