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Work experience

Work experience / shadowing

In clinical areas we offer observation only - those attending are 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.

There are various different ways to apply for work experience and the details are outlined below.

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).

The Work Experience office is unable to source these placements, as places 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.

At 16 years of age or over you may apply to be placed in a clinical area or ward for work shadowing/observation only; you must be 18 years of age or over to be permitted to observe in theatres.

At 15 years of age or over you may apply to be placed in a non-clinical area or department, where you will undertake administration/clerical type duties.

Work experience programmes

An Introduction to the NHS - three day programme

The programme is varied and gives an insight into a selection of the different departments/specialties across the Oxford hospitals including:

  • Pharmacy
  • Paediatrics
  • Urology
  • Oxford Transplant Centre
  • Upper GI Surgery
  • Trauma Unit
  • Microbiology
  • Oxford Eye Hospital
  • Oxford Centre for Enablement (OCE).

The application window usually opens in February, with the programme itself running from mid-June to the end of July. Please check back in the New Year for further details.

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.
  • Physiotherapy 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.

Applications for the department programmes are available from the Work Experience office.

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 further 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 placements.

Elective placements for medical students

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