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Work experience

August 2020 - COVID-19 update

As employers providing frontline health and care, Oxford University Hospitals has a duty to protect our staff, patients, visitors and their families.

This includes taking reasonable steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and as such all work experience placements were suspended in March 2020.

We continue to closely monitor the situation and we are now aiming to gradually resume work experience activity across the Trust.

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.

Information on our ward areas/specialties and a list of consultants can be accessed via the following sections:

The majority of OUH email addresses are formatted as:

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.

In addition to the usual pre-placement checks, all students will be required to complete an individual COVID-19 risk assessment.

Information on local lockdowns will be closely monitored and placements may be declined or cancelled at short notice as a result.

Department programmes

We are awaiting confirmation from the following departments as to whether they are in a position to resume their structured programmes:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Life Sciences programme (laboratories).

Introduction to the NHS - summer programme

If you had applied for this programme, please do apply again when we are next able to run it - check this website in the New Year for an update.


The following administration fees are charged 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
3rd 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 - please visit:

University of Oxford Medical Sciences Division - Medicine: Electives

Students undertaking a recognised course who are looking for a clinical placement - please visit:

Education and training

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