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Work Experience

Work experience is any experience that a person gains while working in a specific field or occupation, but the expression is widely used to mean a type of volunteer work that is commonly intended for young people - often students - to get a feel for professional working environments.

We are working with partner organisations to increase the opportunities for people to experience work in the healthcare sector - broadening their knowledge of the available healthcare careers and helping to ensure the future workforce supply to the NHS.

Work experience can help an individual learn more about a desired career, gaining valuable practical knowledge. It can also help an individual develop aspirations for previously unconsidered career options. It is a requirement for some professions and higher education courses and can take many forms - being organised through schools, volunteering in an individual’s own time or a structured traineeship.


Health Education England’s aim is to ensure we have a standardise approach to work experience opportunities.

Work Experience within a Trust in Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust can offer work experience placements in both clinical and non-clinical areas. Placements are unpaid and in an observation capacity only for up to a maximum of five working days. Please note that not all areas of the hospital are suitable for work experience and some departments are unable to accommodate requests. Please be aware that some departments give priority to students studying for healthcare-related qualifications and/or may impose further restrictions on the eligibility criteria listed below to regulate demand.

Contact: matthew.smales-cresswell@snhst.nhs.uk

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Work experience is to provide you with an insight into a certain area within our Trust, for example Adult Nursing.  Your placement would be from 1 day to a maximum of 30 hours taken in 5 consecutive days or a day a week over consecutive week.  You may apply for work experience through your 6th form, college or directly through us depending where you study.  Placements need to be requested at least 2 months in advance of the date required. 

Contact: pamela.wood@cht.nhs.uk

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Work experience is available to all students in Years 10, 12 and 13 as part of their schools formal work experience programme. Initial contact is usually made by the student themselves and a “self-canvassed work experience” form is sent in for completion by the Trust’s Work Experience Coordinator. The second type of placement we offer is to further education students when it is a recognised requirement of their course. We currently work with several Colleges, 6th Forms and academies in Hull and East Riding – mostly with Level 3 programmes, such as BTEC National in Health Studies.

Contact: NHS.Experience@hey.nhs.uk

Sheffield Children's Foundation Trust

We offer work placements for students aged 16 years and over for up to four days in various clinical areas. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note that very few four day placements are available. Shadowing experience is aimed at students who are 16 years or over and interested in a career in within the NHS. The placement consists of spending a day on a ward, half a day in Radiography, half a day in Orthoptics and a day in Theatre Admissions Unit (nursing) or shadowing a consultant (medicine). Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Contact: Workplacements@sch.nhs.uk



Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Separate programmes are run for medical and non-medical work experience with different application forms and application processes. Please read carefully the information on both the medical and non-medical work experience pages. Medical work experience is only available to students over 16 years old and a minimum age restriction of 17 is applied to Accident and Emergency, Theatres and The Children’s and Maternity Units. Placements are not offered in the mortuary.

Contact: airedale.library@anhst.nhs.uk

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

We offer a range of work experience placements for undergraduates and students aged 14-19 years in both clinical and non–clinical areas. Please remember that it takes time to consider applications for work experience and make the necessary arrangements, therefore all applications should be received with at least three months’ notice.

Contact: Work.Experience@hdft.nhs.uk 

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

We are more than happy to accept students on work experience (for up to one week) who want to gain an insight into working for the NHS. As you can appreciate, we get a lot of requests from people wanting to come here so we can’t guarantee all requests, but we really do try and place everyone.  There are a few criteria that you need to fulfil, so before you apply please make sure you:

  • Attend school/college/sixth form or live within the Wakefield Metropolitan or North Kirklees District.
  • Are aged between 16 – 19 if you are applying for a clinical placement (we do accept students at 15 for clerical placements).
  • Are interested in a career within the health sector, and the courses you are currently studying reflect this.

Contact: hannah.moorwood@midyorks.nhs.uk

Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Students are the workforce of the future and should be encouraged to have an introduction to the world of work in a safe and appropriate environment. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers a limited amount of placements to students Years 10-13 who live and attend school/college within the city of Sheffield.

Contact: 0114 260 2801

Yorkshire and Humber Work Experience Contact

Sharon Simister – Sharon.simister@hee.nhs.uk






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