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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?

We are currently closed for work experience applications.

We will be reopening again for applications sometime during March 2019. We will have work experience shadowing our nurses, doctors, physios, radiographers, and healthcare scientists. Please keep an eye on this page - we will update it with the dates available, and how to apply as soon as these are confirmed.

In the meantime, why not book into our RUH Evening Careers Event on Wednesday 6th March. Click here for more information.

This central application process is now the only way in which you can access work experience at the RUH. We will receive all applications centrally. If there are more applications than places, we will shortlist and offer to the strongest applicants. The aim is to have a clear, open and equitable central application process to give everyone a fair chance. Please do not approach our staff members directly and ask them to supervise your work experience.

The information below gives some general principles around accessing work experience at the RUH which apply when we are open for work experience applications.

Currently, we are not accepting applications for work experience. Please continue to visit this site for updates. When we are open, we will provide you with full information on the opportunities and dates available and how to apply.

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 (see purple area of map below). 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 is only available to applicants in school year 12 and above. We are not currently offering work experience to students in years 10 and 11. We do have other opportunities for these age groups to come in and find out more about NHS careers. We will share these with the careers advisers at local schools in our catchment area and ask them to share them with their students. Please also see our Advice and Support page for further information.
  • Our work experience policy covers short periods of shadowing / work experience. We typically offer between 1 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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