Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust can offer work experience placements in both clinical and non-clinical areas. Placements are unpaid and in an observation capacity only for up to a maximum of five working days. Please note that not all areas of the hospital are suitable for work experience and some departments are unable to accommodate requests.
Please be aware that some departments give priority to students studying for healthcare-related qualifications and/or may impose further restrictions on the eligibility criteria listed below to regulate demand.
- You must live or study in a Leeds (LS) postcode area.
- If you are aged 16 years or older, you must be a resident of the European Union, or hold a suitable work permit or visa that entitles you to undertake work in the UK (these requirements apply even though Work Experience is unpaid).
- If you are in full-time education, you must be at least 15 years of age, and/or in Year 11 or above.
- If you are in further or higher education, we expect you to be studying towards a qualification relevant to the field in which you're seeking experience.
How to apply
- Placements must be arranged directly with the Head of the Department in which you wish to gain experience. Not all departments are able to support Work Experience, so you may wish to consider several alternatives.
- Once you have decided, look up the department and their contact information in the Trust's online A-Z of Services and contact the Head of Department. If they are willing to accept requests for Work Experience they will discuss details with you and, if appropriate, arrange dates for your placement.
- Once you have gained agreement to a placement, you will be sent written confirmation. You will need to sign and return certain documents signifying agreement to the Trust's conditions before your Work Experience begins.
You are respectfully asked not contact the Trust's Human Resources, Recruitment Services or Organisational Learning Departments to enquire about Work Experience, as all arrangements must be made directly with the individual department.
What else can you do?
As an alternative to Work Experience, you may wish to consider a role as a volunteer within the Trust. Currently we have over 700 volunteers working in a number of areas across the organisation. You will need to be at least 17 years of age to be eligible to apply. If you think you might be interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit our Voluntary Services page.
You can also become a Member of the Foundation Trust. It's free to join and there is a range of benefits. We will keep you updated about our news and our plans for the future. Involvement in your local hospital may be a helpful addition to your CV when looking for a career in healthcare. You need to be 16 years old to join. Details of how to apply can be found on our members pages.
You may also wish to consider contacting other healthcare providers including pharmacies, residential care homes, charities, general practices or private healthcare providers.
For further information on the extensive career opportunities in the NHS, please visit www.nhscareers.nhs.uk