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Work experience 2018

Work shadowing

Work shadowing is offered in clinical areas: an individual is assigned to shadow an employee undertaking their normal duties, allowing close observation of the role which for reasons of complexity, safety or security cannot be actively performed by the work experience person.

Work experience direct applications

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

Placements are offered at the discretion of individual departments.

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

Students must be 16 years of age or over to be placed in a clinical area, and 18 years of age or over 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.

Work experience programmes

An Introduction to the NHS - three day programme 2018

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

Students who undertook the 2017 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.

How to apply for the three day programme

The programme is only available for students aged 16 to 18 years who live in the Oxfordshire area.

Application forms are now available to download at the link below: please email them back to the address on the form.

Application form (Word, 189 KB)

Please apply as soon as you can, as this application process will close when enough applications have been received.

We will acknowledge receipt of applications and let applicants know the outcome (successful or unsuccessful) in the week commencing 12 March 2018.

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

We will not consider applications from students who have attended in previous years.

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 from the Work Experience Office.

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

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

In line with Trust procedure the following administration fees are chargeable for all work experience placements.

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

Contact us

For enquiries please contact:

  • Organisational Development and Workforce Directorate
    1st Floor, OUH Cowley
    Unipart House Business Centre
    Garsington Road
    Oxford OX4 2PG

  • Tel: 01865 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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