We offer work experience for young people in both clinical and non-clinical departments.

Overview

The Lifelong Learning team run 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: ghn-tr.ghtworkexperience@nhs.net or by phoning: 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. If the clinician or department is able to host they will make the necessary arrangements and organise any paperwork required.

Please see below for further details regarding the workshops available and for suggested contacts for some of the departments within the Trust that have previously hosted a work experience student. Due to the nature of the services we provide, Some of our departments are unable to host students whereas others may have age restrictions in place – further information below.

Audiology

Audiologists work in a range of settings to assess and treat people with hearing 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 you can choose to study.

If you have an interest in science and technology and are considering career options in healthcare and professions allied to health 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.

Please contact the department directly if you are specifically interested in an Audiology placement.

A typical work placement would consist of a day visiting the department shadowing staff when performing hearing tests in the hearing services outpatient 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:

Read more about our Hearing Services

Dietetics

Dietetics

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 postgraduate university course.

Please apply with CV and covering statement (addressed to Mrs Fiona Brown) by either emailing or posting to the following address: 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

Useful Website:

Read more about our nutrition and dietetics service

Health psychology

Unfortunately in the interests of the therapeutic relationship work experience placements in Health Psychology are for University Students only (Undergraduate / Postgraduate and Clinical Psychology Trainees).

Please contact the department directly if you are specifically interested in an undergraduate placement.

Read more about our health psychology service

IT services

Dependant on current project work and supervisory capacity, the Gloucestershire NHS Countywide IT Service is not always able to host work experience placements.

Medical Physics

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.

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 Tony Dix) detailing the benefits of work experience in medical physics to Tony Dix.

Medicine

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.

To arrange a placement students are requested to contact the clinician or specialist nurse directly to discuss the possibility of a work experience placement. Demand is always very high so it is not always possible to accommodate all requests.

Alternatively, students can apply to attend a General Medicine 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.

Hints and Tips

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).

Midwifery

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 to find out when the next workshop is being held and to be put on the waiting list.

Suggested Reading

  • Get into Nursing & Midwifery: A guide to Application and Career Success by Sarah Snow
  • Midwifery Journals: British Journal of Midwifery, Midwives, Practicing Midwives

Useful Websites

Life skills

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 by considering volunteering at local nurseries, playgroups or places such as libraries or churches that run parents and baby events.
  • Full or part time working to learn skills such as communication, customer service, listening, and situational management which can be transferred to a professional role

Read more about our maternity services

Neurophysiology

Neurophysiologists 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 health 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 in our inpatient and outpatient 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 Tony Dix) detailing the benefits of work experience in neurophysiology to him via email

Pharmacy

Students (aged 16 or over) interested in a career as a pharmacy technician or pharmacist and who are studying 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 or email: sarah.chandler9@nhs.net

Read more about our pharmacy service

Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy

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. Please note students can still apply if currently in Year 11 but must be in Year 12 or above at the time of the placement.

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:

Marziana Maideen, Physiotherapy Department, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Great Western Road, Gloucester, GL1 3NN

Email: marziana.maideen@nhs.net

AND

Donna Bevan, Physiotherapy Department, Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road,
Cheltenham, GL53 7AN

Email: donna.bevan@nhs.net

Read more about our physiotherapy service

Radiography

Students 16 years or above or people who are studying (or have) relevant A Levels, who 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 Alex Arbourne) detailing the benefits of work experience in Radiography and career intentions to Alex via email

Please note capacity to host students is limited (to infrequent Monday, Wednesday and Fridays) and is at the discretion of the department.


Radiotherapy

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 Emma via email

Respiratory Physiology

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 Respiratory 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 contact the department directly.

Read more about our respiratory service

Restrictions for Work Experience Requests

Please note that the following departments may also be able to facilitate a work experience placement however there are specific age restrictions in place.

  • Theatres – 17 years and above unless authorised by the Matron
  • Paediatrics – 17 years and above
  • Neonatal and Special Care Babies Unit – 18 years and above
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