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Work Experience

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Are you interested in working for the NHS in your future career?

Did you know there are around 350 different types of job across the NHS?

Some of them need a degree qualification; for others, you can start straight from school or college via an apprenticeship.

Here at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH), we are committed to offering work experience to students at local schools and colleges to support young people into future NHS careers. If you are thinking of a career change towards health, we might be able to help too.

Acrredited Our work experience is accredited to gold standard by Fair Train against a national framework which recognises employers who offer high quality work experience.

If you come to us, you can be sure that we will try to offer you the best possible placement.

We try to offer as wide a range of work experience as possible. You might be an aspiring Doctor, Nurse, Therapist or Health Care Assistant. Or you may be interested in our non-clinical departments such as Administration, Finance, Facilities, IT or HR. The key is a genuine interest in developing a career in the NHS in the future.

Work experience can help you decide on your next step in your career but don't take our word for it, watch the videos below to see what Jack, a previous work experience student, and Tina, a work experience supervisor at the Royal United Hospital, think about it.

When should I apply?

The diagram below shows when we are open to receive your application for work experience.


We are currently closed for work experience applications and will reopen again on 1st October 2018.

WPT team photo WPT team photo We had intended to have an application window in June 2018. We have however recently reviewed the numbers of applications received in our application windows during autumn 2017 and in March 2018.

We have already received an extremely high volume of work experience applications. As a result, we are now already full for work experience over the summer period and into September 2018. We won't therefore be open for additional applications during June 2018.

There is a chance we may be able to offer a very small number of work experience placements during the autumn, or perhaps some info sessions in our Education Centre.

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be updated if opportunities become available, please email and include the words Autumn Opportunities in the email title.

Please provide some info about yourself, such as what you are doing currently, and what type of NHS career you are interested in. The information below gives some general principles around accessing work experience at the RUH which apply when we are open for work experience applications.

How do I apply?

Currently, we are not accepting applications for work experience. The next application window will reopen again from 1st October 2018. During this window, an online application link will be made available on this page with full details as to how to apply.

Who can apply?

If you are looking for work experience in our ward / patient areas (for example shadowing our nurses, doctors or therapists), you need to be in year 12 or above.

We do have some work experience placements for younger students in our non-clinical departments such as Admin, Finance, Facilities, IT or HR. You need to be a minimum of year 10 in age to access these placements.

You need to be living and / or at school / college in the RUH's catchment area. This includes Bath, Chippenham, Corsham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Frome, Keynsham, Brislington and surrounding villages. If you are not within this catchment, please contact your local hospital in the first instance to see how they can support you.

Are there any restrictions?

  • You can only do work experience if a sponsor / supervisor in the relevant department is available to fully supervise your time at the RUH and if the Widening Participation Team has processed the relevant ID checks and referencing.
  • The Trust is currently unable to offer work experience in the following clinical areas: Theatres / A&E / Emergency Department / Any Paediatric area / Maternity.
  • Our work experience policy covers short periods of shadowing / work experience. We typically offer between 2 and 5 days of work experience to each applicant, dependent on availability of work experience placements. This application process does not support elective placements (e.g. several weeks to support ongoing university degrees). For these, you would need to contact the relevant department directly to see if they are able to accommodate you.

Need more information?

Please click on our Advice and Support page for information on health careers, apprenticeships, careers events, volunteering, membership and fundraising opportunities.

If you are a teacher or careers advisor and you would like us to visit your school or college, please email us at or call the Widening Participation Team on 01225 824281 or 01225 826041.

Please click here for full details of our Work Experience Policy.

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