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Work experience for school students

We offer work experience within the NHS to people of vaying ages, including school age.

Work experience in general practice

Work experience in a local GP surgery will give you the chance to see the number of roles which make up a practice team, as well as the variety of patients who are cared for.  You could experience clinical roles such as a health care assistant, nurse, pharmacist or doctor. You can also experience non-clinical roles e.g. those which do not deliver “direct patient care” such as reception, administration, management, HR and finance.

For placement opportunities in general practice, you can contact local practices to see if they support work experience placements, or see the list below for GP surgeries who have signed up to HEE’s standards for work experience. For more information on what work experience in general practice may look like, please see our guide.

What can I expect from an experience? 

See our student work experience flyer; this will give you an overview of the types of roles in Primary Care including General Practice. It gives you information on the benefits of work experience, when you should think about work experience, and what you should do to prepare for a placement. You can also read Tyler's story here (downloadable below).

We also have a work experience guides for Practices which provide guidance for your host but also includes an example timetable and case studies which will be of interest to you.

There is also a connected guide for teachers and careers advisers available on the Health Careers Website. It explains how the NHS works and provides information and practical tips on how to set up a placement.

We also have a number of leaflets which show the sort of roles that you could step into in future and might like to find out more about during your placement – you could also take a look at our general practice apprenticeship film produced by one of our local GP trainees.



I’ve completed my work experience placement, what’s next?

Firstly, please take time to complete the evaluation at the end of your placement – you can return this to the practice or complete online. A copy is in our resource section. It is really important that you provide feedback so that we can make sure that future placements provide the right experience for people and the practice teams are also really keen to hear what you think of them too!

If you want to find out more about how you can get a job in general practice see our “I want a career in health – what are my next steps” section. You can also look on the Health Careers website or speak to your local Widening Participation Officer for more information (see Contacts for a list).

Resources (download below)

  • GP Work experience Toolkit
  • Regional GP work experience pack for practices
  • Work experience in Primary Care - A guide for students
  • General Practice Nursing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: A guide to reaching your potential
  • “No day is ever the same “ - Working in general practice leaflet
  • General Practice Nursing – reach your potential working in a Doctor’s surgery leaflet
  • Careers in General Practice leaflet
  • Apply for Medical School poster
  • Draft interview questions (Coming soon)
  • Sample evaluation form
  • Placement contact list

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