Work experience

A radiology colleague works with a young female apprentice

Applications for work experience have been temporarily been closed. Please send your name and school/college to work.placements@nhs.net to be notified when applications are open again.

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:

DepartmentMonths
A&EMay - August (Except Mondays)
AllergyMay - August
CardiologyMay - August
Metabolic Bone ServiceMay - August
Medical Day-careMay - August
NursingMay – August
OncologyMay - August (Except Mondays or the first week of each month)
OphthalmologyMay - August
OrthopaedicsMay - August
Paediatric Critical CareMay - August
Paediatric Endocrinology & DiabetesMay - August (Except the 20th – 22nd of July)
RespiratoryMay - August
RadiologyMay - August

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

Places are limited and on a first come, first serve basis. The application window may close earlier once all places have been allocated.

Application process

Applications for work experience have been temporarily been closed. Please send your name and school/college to work.placements@nhs.net to be notified when applications are open again.

Paperwork should be submitted in Word or PDF format. Photographs of paperwork will not be accepted. Please complete all sections clearly stating which dates you are able to complete your work experience.

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a receipt email from the work placements inbox and your details added to our records. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, please allow up to 15 working days for this.

You will be notified whether you have been successful in your placement with your allocated department and dates. Once this has been confirmed, a number of checks will need to be completed. This can take up to 8 weeks. Therefore please do apply at least 2 months before your desired start date.

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 Experience team.

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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