Work Experience

Update on Application Process: We have been overwhelmed with the interest  and requests we have received for Work Experience opportunities in University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. We are therefore regrettably due to demand,  unable to consider any more requests for placements in 2020. We will update this page when we will be able to commence receiving  applications for 2021


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust welcomes people looking for work experience. Work Experience is where a young person can come and work with us for a short time to understand more about what it is like to have a job in the Trust.

What we offer

Work experience in the NHS offers the chance to see what working in a hospital is really like across the whole range of interest and academic ability. It may confirm a person’s career choice, or open their eyes to other options that they had not considered.

Within the NHS there is a wide range of career choices. Some examples among many others are Doctors; Nurses; Pharmacists; Scientists; Radiographers;  Physiotherapists; Occupational Therapist, Dietitians, Ward Clerks and Porters. The NHS also depends on other staff working in support services functions such as Administration; Finance; IT; Human Resources and other areas.

See the NHS careers website for more information  

A record of work experience will be an advantage when applying for jobs or higher education courses. University Hospitals NHS Trust are committed to offering a taste of the NHS. Observational work experience week placements are provided in clinical and non-clinical work places within the Trust for students in the school years 10 & 11, restrictions in certain areas may apply. We are unable to offer work experience in ED (Emergency Department), Paediatrics, Maternity or Major Trauma areas.

There are also opportunities for individuals seeking work experience placements of longer than a week and are aged18 and over.      

Working in partnership

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is delighted to be an employment partner with Scott College, Plymouth. Scott College is a mainstream state school with a specialism in Medicine , Social and Healthcare. We work closely with them regarding work experience directly linked to job opportunities.  We welcome applications whether from Scott College or other schools/colleges.      

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