Work Experience

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.      

Application Process

Individuals wishing to carry out a work based placement for a week within the Trust must complete an expression of interest form which will require the support of their school/college and parent/guarding if under 18.  

Interested? Click here to download the Work Experience Application Form

Individuals who are interested in a placement of longer than a week (and are over 18) are advised to contact Elizabeth Pollard, Volunteer Co-ordinator at

If you would like any further information please contact us at

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