We offer work experience for young people in both clinical and non-clinical departments.
The Lifelong Learning team runs half day workshops in General Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery and Dietetics. These take place in our Education Centres, Redwood and Sandford. If you are a student who is in year 11 or above who either lives or studies in Gloucestershire and would like to attend one of our workshops, please contact the Lifelong Learning Team either by email or phone (0300 422 5176). We will advise you of upcoming dates and add you to the appropriate waiting list.
If you are a student looking for a work experience placement (the student must be in year 11 or above and either live or study in Gloucestershire) please contact clinicians or departments directly to ask if they have capacity to host you on work experience. The host department will make the necessary arrangements.
Audiologists work in a range of settings to assess and treat people with hearling and or balance disorders. Identifying and assessing hearing and balance function and their associated disorders, recommending and providing appropriate therapeutic rehabilitation and management.
There are a number of routes to qualify to practice and four main Universities where to study.
If you have an interest in science and technology and are considering career options in healthcare and professions allied to heatlh a work experience placement in this area may be valuable.
Although opportunities for work placements are limited due to the work pressures within the department, applications are welcomed and considered on a case by case basis from students seriously considering a career in Audiology.
A typical work placement would consist of a day visiting the department shadowing staff when performing hearing tests in the hearing services out patient department. The day is designed to provide a brief overview of the profession and an opportunity to meet staff.
If you are interested in a career in audiology experience outside of the NHS will support your application and interview. Explore opportunities with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Gloucestershire Deaf Association, Hearing Aid Dispensing and any areas where you are able to provide care to, or develop communication skills with people.
Useful Websites to look at include:
- The British Academy of Audiology (Professional and Regulatory body of audiologists) www.baaudiology.org/
- Action on Hearing Loss: http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/
- The Health and Care Professional Council: http://www.hcpc-uk.co.uk/
- Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists: https://www.rccp.co.uk/
- National School of Health Care Science: http://www.nshcs.org.uk/
Read more about our Hearing Services
The Nutrition and Dietetics Service are only able to offer 'taster days' to students who live and attend school/college in Gloucestershire planning to apply for entry to a registered dietetic under or post graduate university course.
Please apply with CV and covering statement by letter addressed to Mrs Fiona Brown, Nutrition and Dietetics, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust, Great Western Road, Gloucester, GL1 3NN
Please note: The availability of 'Taster days' is limited and as per above only applications from students who live and attend school / college in Gloucestershire will be considered.
Support your application with examples of where you have been required to communicate to a range of people, have demonstrated your listening and understanding skills and have gained experience with food or diet.
Read more about our nutrition and dietetics service
Unfortunately in the interests of the therapeutic relationship there are no work experience placements in Health Psychology for students under 18 yrs.
Please contact the department directly if you are specifically interested in an undergraduate placement.
Due to project work and lack of supervisory capacity the Gloucestershire NHS Countywide IT Service is currently not able to host work experience placements.
Medical physics is an area which involves the application of science and technology to patient care.
If you are a student in year 12 and above studying science(s) and mathematics considering options e.g. studying physics at University or having a career in medical physics a work experience placement in this area may be valuable*.
Although opportunities for work placements are limited due to the work pressures within the department, applications are welcomed and considered on a case by case basis from students seriously considering a career in Medical Physics.
For year 12 students and above a typical work placement would consist of a day visiting the various departments within Medical Physics and is designed to provide a brief overview of the profession and an opportunity to meet staff
If you are considering an application please first discuss your interest with the school careers / work experience adviser or Head of Year and then email a CV and covering letter (addressed to Lucy Blandford) detailing the benefits of work experience in medical physics to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are committed to providing opportunities for young people (and others) to shadow clinicians and specialist nurses to gain an insight into the professions and in support of applications to medical school.
Demand is always very high and to help manage requests in a fair way the Lifelong Learning Department co-ordinate all placements.
Please be aware: Despite the very best efforts to host applicants, regretfully there are times when accommodating all requests is not possible.
Those disappointed are invited to a Medical Careers workshop. This is not clinically based but provides an extremely valuable opportunity for attendees to speak to current medical students and find out what life as a doctor is really like, how to write a good personal statement and make an impression at interview.
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Please also consider broadening and strengthening your CV; gain experience in community settings, meeting and talking to people from different walks of life this through working or volunteering.
Ensure you develop leadership and team skills, and hobbies that broaden your horizons and allow you to prove your commitment and responsibilities.
Also find out about healthcare and its provision because hospitals are just a small part and the future is provision ‘closer to patients homes’, and the changing health of the population – Dementia, Obesity, Diabetes (often in the news).
Unfortunately due to the sensitive and personal nature of maternity / women’s services work experience opportunities in maternity at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust (which is Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Cheltenham General and Stroud Maternity Hospitals) are very limited.
As an alternative to work experience placements the Midwives host a ‘taster workshop’ in Spring and Autumn. Attendees have opportunity to speak to Midwives, look at the birthing equipment, and a birthing pool. Email email@example.com to find out when the next workshop is being held.
- Get into Nursing & Midwifery: A guide to Application and Career Success by Sarah Snow
- Midwifery Journals: British Journal of Midwifery, Midwives, Practicing Midwives
- The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - the governing body and regulates what nurses and midwives
- The Royal College of Midwives – a union for midwives
- Association for Radical Midwives – puts a different slant on the profession
Students applying to University to study Midwifery will be expected to have both life and work experience options include:
- Volunteering – try to get exposure to new parents and babies
- Full or part time working to learn skills such as communication, customer service, listening, situational management which can be transferred to a professional role
Read more about our maternity services
Neuro physiologists use computer, electrical, magnetic and electronic means of investigating and recording function of the brain, spinal cord, spinal roots, peripheral nerves and muscle which inform the diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disorders. If you are studying science and are considering career options in healthcare and professions allied to heatlh a work experience placement in this area may be valuable.
Although opportunities for work placements are limited due to the work pressures within the department, applications are welcomed and considered on a case by case basis from students seriously considering a career in Neurophysiology.
A typical work placement would consist of a day visiting the department shadowing staff when performing investigations and visiting patients on our in and out patient departments. The day is designed to provide a brief overview of the profession and an opportunity to meet staff.
If you are considering an application please first discuss your interest with the school careers / work experience adviser or Head of Year and then email a CV and covering letter (addressed to Lucy Blandford) detailing the benefits of work experience in neurophysiology to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students (aged 16 or over) interested in a career as a pharmacy technician or pharmacist and who are studying the relevant GCSE'S or A Levels are considered for work experience at either Cheltenham General Hospital or Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Students should discuss their interest in Pharmacy with the school careers / work experience adviser or Head of Year and write or email CV and covering letter to:
Sarah Chandler, Clinical Pharmacist, Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7AN
NHS Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacist Training
Training in hospital pharmacy develops your professional, clinical, technical and interpersonal skills and is the perfect launch pad for your career as a pharmacist.
Read more about our pharmacy service
Work experience is available as a ‘taster day’ to students who live and attend school/college in Gloucestershire. We do, however, receive a large number of requests and we are limited in the number of placements that we can offer.
Students in year 12 who are studying A Levels and mature students with relevant qualifications who are interested in a career in physiotherapy are considered for a 1 day 'taster' work experience day at either Cheltenham General Hospital or Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
For more information about what physiotherapy entails, please visit www.csp.org.uk
If you are interested in an opportunity to visit the Physiotherapy Department please write or email:
Denise Gough, Physiotherapy Department, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Great Western Road, Gloucester, GL1 3NN
Donna Bevan, Physiotherapy Department, Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road,
Cheltenham, GL53 7AN
Read more about our physiotherapy service
Students or people who are studying (or have) relevant A Levels, are interested in a career in Radiography or want to find out more about the role of the Radiographer are considered for work shadowing / a taster day / elective in Diagnostic Imaging at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Students should discuss their interest in Radiography with the school careers / work experience adviser or Head of Year and email a CV and covering letter (addressed to Clinical Education Lead - Radiography) detailing the benefits of work experience in Radiography and career intentions to ghn-tr.Lifelong.LearningTeam@nhs.net
Please note capacity to host students is limited (to infrequent Monday, Wednesday and Fridays) and is at the discretion of the Clinical Education Lead.
Therapy Radiographers accurately plan and treat cancer patients using high energy x-rays.
Students in year 12 who are studying relevant A Levels, and are interested in a career in radiotherapy or want to find out more about the role of the Radiotherapist are considered for a work shadowing / taster day at Cheltenham General Hospital, Radiotherapy Department.
Students should discuss their interest in Radiotherapy with the school careers / work experience adviser or Head of Year and email a CV and covering letter (addressed to Emma Charman) detailing the benefits of work experience in Radiotherapy and career intentions to ghn-tr.Lifelong.LearningTeam@nhs.net
A Respiratory Physiologist uses specialist equipment to measure the size and efficiency of a patient’s respiratory system. This can involve exercise testing, breathing tests, measuring the effect of medications to the airways, oxygen assessments, allergy tests, and sleep studies. These tests provide essential information which is used alongside x-rays, blood tests, chest auscultation and a history of symptoms to allow a Respiratory Consultant to make a diagnosis.
A Respiratory Physiologist will also treat a range of sleep disorders using non-invasive ventilation, this can be required for conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea, obesity hypoventilation or diaphragm weakness. Patients requiring ventilation are then followed up by a physiologist to monitor effectiveness and compliance with therapy.
To apply for a career in Physiology you will need to have studied science at A Level and have good communication skills to help guide the patient through the tests and treatments.
If you are interested in work experience in respiratory physiology please email ghn-tr.Lifelong.LearningTeam@nhs.net
Read more about our respiratory service