Work experience

A radiology colleague works with a young female apprentice

Work experience for 16 – 18 year olds

We accept applications for work experience from young people who live in Sheffield and/or attend school/college within the region. We also welcome young people not in education and employment. Applications outside of these boundaries may also be considered.

Currently we have work placements available in the following departments:

DepartmentNo of DaysMonths
A&E218th February - April
Community Paediatrics2January - April
HistopathologyJanuary - April
Orthopaedics2-5 daysJanuary - April
OrthopticsHalf a dayJanuary - April
OncologyTBCJanuary - April
OphthalmologyHalf a dayJanuary - April
Radiography3January - April
Respiratory Medicine2-5January - April
Ryegate Centre – Neurology and Neurodisabilities2January - April

Students below the age of 17 will not be permitted to observe in the Theatres dept.

Application process

To apply please complete and submit the following application paperwork and Equal Opportunities form to work.placements@nhs.net .

Paperwork should be submitted in Word or PDF format. Photographs of paperwork will not be accepted.

Please allow 14 working days for a response from the work placement inbox, once applications have been submitted. Places are limited and provided on a first come, first served basis. Access to application forms will close once work experience slots have been filled.

If you have had direct conversations with a member of the trust, this will be treated as a request at this stage and can only be processed by submitting an application form to the work placements team.

Before you start, a number of checks need to be completed. This can take up to 8 weeks. Therefore please do apply at least 2 months before the start of your placement.

Application Schedule

Applications Open Months of Placement to take place
Friday 1st November – Friday 31st January 2020 January, February, March, April 2020
Friday 6th March – Friday 29th May 2020 May, June, July, August 2020
Friday 31st July – Friday 25th September 2020 September, October, November, December 2020

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Work experience successes

Female apprentice stood in front of radiology scanner

“I enjoyed seeing the different aspects of the Radiography department. Sam, my supervisor and all the Radiographers were brilliant at explaining what exactly they were doing and made me feel very welcome”
Emily (Radiography Placement – January 2019)

“Being able to see surgery first hand and up close was really amazing and opened my eyes to how much of a team effort healthcare is and how many different people are involved”
Jahin (Theatres – January 2019)

“I am sure the professional values, team working and pharmacy skills I have learnt will go a long way to enhance my own learning and professional development as an aspiring pharmacist. The staff are excellent, very professional, supportive and simply the best practice to emulate”
Grace (Pharmacy – June 2019)

18 + Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

We do consider University students on an individual basis. Please do enquire to see if the department you are interested in facilitates this. Your university may also already have arrangements in place with us, so do check with them first.

For students wishing to complete a Medical elective placement, please apply through the following links:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine/electives

Pharmacy

Applications for pharmacy placements are currently closed

Frequently asked questions

Unfortunately, at the moment we do not offer work experience over a series of weeks due to high demand and our staff capacity. The placements we do offer are for 3 days to a week. We are hoping to pilot a scheme for the future and will update our internet page with further information.

No, you do not require a DBS if you are completing a short placement with us as you will be supervised at all times.

No, we only offer work experience during week days which are classed as a normal working day. Work experience is not taken during bank holidays or over the Christmas period.

We would require you to wear sensible closed shoes along with trousers and a polo t shirt. Further details can be found in the handbook. You will also be advised if you are successful in your application.

This would not be possible due to strict confidentiality guidelines. Once you have transitioned to adult services, you are very welcome to apply.

This request would still need to be submitted via the work.placements@nhs.net inbox and treated as a new application. Applications are on a first come first serve basis and to ensure equal opportunities for everyone.

At present, we are unable to provide work placements for anyone under the age of 16 due to health and safety regulations and confidentiality in terms of Children’s services.

You will be contacted by a member of the work placement team who will inform you whether or not you have been successful in your application. If successful, you will be sent a link to complete a pre health questionnaire. You may also need to prove your status as a student or that you are not in education or training (NEET) by offering a reference or some evidence of where you are studying. After all checks have been complete, you will be sent confirmation paperwork and a timetable of your work placement activities and where to go.

Yes, you most certainly can. We aim to provide as many work placements as possible. Do try again when the next application window opens.

We would recommend you securing an alternative experience to gain a diverse NHS perspective e.g working with adults, and people with learning disabilities etc.

This all adds value to a University/Apprenticeship /College application.

All paperwork is completed before your first day at the hospital. In the work placement handbook, however we expect you to participate in evaluating the experience to ensure we are meeting expectations. On completion of the evaluation form, you will receive a certificate as proof of your placement.

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