What we offer

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 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.

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 


As we continue to support our local schools and communities, we are excited to announce our GCSE Work Experience Week in July 2023.

University Hospitals Plymouth are proud to offer an exciting classroom-based opportunity full of hands-on activities, group challenges and behinds the scenes tours. Join us for GCSE work experience week at Derriford Hospital on either the 3rd - 7th July or 17th - 21st July 2023

We anticipate the demand for this experience to be high and as such our application window for this event is now open until 31st December 2022. Please click HERE to apply.

Please note: Spaces are limited, and application does not guarantee a placement. All applicants will be advised if they have been successful no later than Friday 10th February 2023.

Our application window for post GCSE and beyond work experience is now CLOSED.

So far in 2022/23 we have already successfully hosted over 120+ work experience placements, have 60+ booked to commence in the near future and over 40 applications we are currently looking to support.

Unfortunately, this means we have now reached capacity for this year and therefore our application window is now closed. If you are looking for a placement for April 2023 onward, then we may still be able to help. Please keep an eye on this page for further developments/opportunities. 


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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