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Work experience programmes

An Introduction to the NHS - three day programme 2017

The programme is varied, and students get an insight into the different departments/specialties across the Oxford hospitals.

Students who undertook the 2016 programme were placed in the Oxford Transplant Centre, Upper GI Surgery at the Churchill site, the Trauma Unit, the Microbiology laboratories, the Oxford Eye Hospital at the JR site and the Oxford Centre for Enablement at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre to name but a few.

Applications for the three day work experience programme are no longer available. The closing date for applications to be received was 26 February 2017 and we regret that applications received after this time will not be considered.

We will acknowledge receipt of all applications, and advise students of the outcome (successful or unsuccessful) by email w/c 20 March 2017.

Unfortunately we cannot respond to individual enquiries about the status of applications due to the high number we receive.

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Department programmes

Occupational Therapy offers a three day placement on their programme which runs from 8.30am to 4.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday (three days offered in one week). Applications for this programme are available on request from the Voluntary Services Office.

The Physiotherapy Department offers a work experience programme which runs from 1.30pm Monday to 12.30pm Friday.

The Life Science Programme incorporates a variety of laboratories, and the programme runs from 9.30am Tuesday to 4.00pm Friday.

We regret that we are not currently able to send or accept further applications for the Physiotherapy and Life Science programme at this time.

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Work experience direct applications

Students may also submit a request for work experience by applying directly to a department/specialty of interest with a covering letter and CV if available.

Information on our ward areas/specialties and a list of consultants can be accessed via our Clinical Services section.

Students must be over 16 years of age to be placed in a clinical area and aged over 18 years of age to attend theatres.

If you are 15 years of age you can submit a request for a placement in non-clinical areas or departments, such as administration.

Due to the high demand for work experience placements/confirmations received we have reached full capacity for summer placements across the Trust therefore we regret that we are unable to accept any further direct applications for June, July or August 2017. There are still places available for May and from September onwards.

The current administration fees chargeable for all work experience placements are set to be increased from 1 April 2017.

Charges from this date will be as shown below:

  • £25 for one day of observation
  • £40 for all direct applications of up to one week
  • £30 for all department programmes.

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Contact us

For enquiries please contact:

  • Voluntary Services Office
    Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital
    Headley Way
    Oxford OX3 9DU
  • Tel: 01865 220140 / 740345
  • Our aim is to respond to your enquiry within five working days.

Unfortunately we are unable to respond regarding the following:

Elective placements for medical students

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Students undertaking a recognised course who are looking for a clinical placement

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