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Work Experience

What we offer

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 bronze 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.

When should I apply?

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

When to apply

WPT team photoOnce the application window closes, the Widening Participation Team (WPT), based at the RUH Education Centre, works with managers to try to match applications with suitable work experience placements.

We are currently closed for applications. The next application window is from Friday 1st June until Saturday 30th June 2018.

Please note that in the previous two application rounds this year, we have received a very high volume of interest in work experience. It is anticipated that there will be extremely limited availability of places for applicants from this June window, particularly for medical work experience.

We strongly suggest that you contact other potential work experience employers rather than relying solely on the RUH.

When is work experience available?

Work experience will take place from March until November 2018.

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. 

How do I apply?

Currently, we are not accepting applications for work experience. We invite you to apply during the next application window from Friday 1st June until Saturday 30th June 2018. Details on how to apply will be made available closer to the time.

In the meantime, if you would like more information on health careers, apprenticeships, careers events, volunteering, membership and fundraising opportunities, please click on our Advice and Support page.

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.

What happens next?

After the application deadline has closed, we will process all applications. In due course, you will hear from us as to whether your application has been successful.   work experience photo

If you are successful in gaining work experience, your references will then be contacted. 

You will also need to come into the Education Centre for some ID checks.  You will be sent a work experience placement agreement to sign once these checks are complete (for your parents' signature too if you are under 18).

Flu vaccine : please note that if you attend work experience during the autumn or winter months, you will be offered a flu vaccine, free of charge, to be administered at the Royal United Hospital. More information and the relevant paperwork will be made available to you before the work experience starts.

The WPT typically needs a minimum of 4 weeks to conduct the relevant references and checks.  Work experience cannot take place prior to these being completed and signed off.

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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