Work Experience

Are you interested in a career in the Healthcare? Do you want to gain work experience in a hospital setting? Do you want to give your time supporting the NHS?

At University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust we welcome applications from those looking to gain a quality work experience or shadowing placement in the healthcare setting. A work experience placement with us in the NHS offers the chance to see what working in an acute hospital is really like across a variety of roles. It may confirm a person’s career aspiration, or similarly open their eyes a whole host of career pathways which they may not have yet considered. A record of work experience is also an advantage when applying for jobs or higher education courses.

In return we ask you to be reliable and committed, with a willingness to learn. Our minimum age for roles is 16 unless specified, but we have no upper age limit.


View our current opportunities and apply


We regret we cannot accept applications for general work experience.

Unfortunately, due to demand, we are not able to accept everyone who applies but we will make every effort to match your experience, interests and availability to our current offerings.

For any questions, please contact


Did you know?

There are in fact over 350 different career opportunities available within the NHS ranging from Doctors to Dentists, Nurses to New-born Screeners, Pharmacists to Porters, Secretaries to Sonographers, Audiologists to Accountants and many more. For more information about the variety of roles available in the NHS please visit the NHS careers website 


What happens next?

Following your application, if you are selected for the experience, the onboarding process will continue and will include the requirement to provide photographic ID and health clearance (Health Declaration 2021.pdf [pdf] 150KB) from our occupational health team.  In addition, some roles may also require the completion of a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  

Be work experience ready...

When you apply, you will need:

  1. An active email address
    So we can communicate with you throughout the process. We'll update you when each step of the onboarding process is complete so watch out for any emails from us.
  2. Identification
    1 x photo ID e.g. a passport or driver's licence
  3. Parental Consent
    Required for those under the age of 18 years.
  4. Plenty of enthusiasm!


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