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Work experience

Work experience / shadowing

Placements in our clinical areas are strictly for observation and shadowing only.

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

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

Direct applications

You are encouraged to think about what your career aspirations are and in which department you would like to work. The next stage is to approach a department/specialty of interest with your covering letter and CV (if available) in order to request a placement.

Places are offered at the discretion of individual departments; once the details have been finalised your placement supervisor will confirm the information to the Work Experience office and we will guide you through the paperwork to give you clearance to attend.

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

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Please include all of the consultants listed under your chosen specialty into a single communication, in order that your request may be assessed by the entire clinical team.

Work experience programmes

Department programmes

Occupational Therapy (OT) offers a three-day placement on their programme which runs from 8.30am to 4.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or 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 each of the department programmes are available from the Work Experience office.

Introduction to the NHS

This three-day 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 programme is only available for students aged 16 to 18 years who live in Oxfordshire.

The application window for this programme will open in February 2020 - we do not have capacity to manage a waiting list in the meantime.


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.

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