Work placements

A radiology colleague works with a young female apprentice

Work experience for 16 – 18 year olds

We accept applications for work experience for a minimum of 3 days and more 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 will also be considered.

The application process

Placements available at the moment are listed below:

  • Radiography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Theatres for students interested in Medicine and Operating Department Practitioner pathways (please note you must be 17+)
  • Nursing and Medical placements will shortly be advertised.

To apply please complete and submit the application form (click to go to app form) to work.placements@nhs.net

Please allow 14 working days for a response from the work placement inbox once applications have been submitted. Places are limited and on a first come, first served basis.

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
1st February – 1st May May, June, July, August
1st July – 1st September September, October, November, December
1st October – 1st January January, February, March, April

Please note access to application forms will close once work experience slots have been filled

Please see our work experience handbook and Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Quotes from our work experience students/mentors

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)

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

For students studying Pharmacy, there are 3 placements available during June, July and August. These are for 3 days and available only to one student each month. Therefore placements are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To apply for this, please contact the work placements inbox along with a copy of your CV and letter of why you wish to apply.

Frequently asked questions about work experience

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.

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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