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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

Please 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.

Due to the high demand for work experience placements across the Trust we regret that we are unable to offer any further placements during June, July or August 2018.

Work experience programmes

An Introduction to the NHS - three day programme 2018

The application process for this programme closed on 4 March 2018.

About the three day programme

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.

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

Department programmes

Occupational Therapy (OT) 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). The OT team will only consider applications from those aged 17 and over. As of May 2018 we unfortunately cannot send or accept further applications.

The Life Science Programme incorporates a variety of laboratories, and the programme runs from 9.30am Tuesday to 4.00pm Friday; however, as of April 2018 we unfortunately cannot send or accept further applications.

The Physiotherapy Department offers a work experience programme which runs from 1.30pm Monday to 12.30pm Friday; however, as of March 2018 we unfortunately cannot send or accept further applications.

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.

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