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Work experience programmes 2018-2019

These opportunities are open to students attending a school/college within the Cambridge region.

Schools within the Cambridge region are notified of these programmes and places are allocated by the Work Opportunities Team. Attendance requires support from the school/college.

For Application forms please contact your school/college career’s advisor/work experience co-ordinator.

We are usually over-subscribed but we try to give local schools /colleges 2 places per programme and other placements will go to applicants demonstrating their interest and relevant academic ability on their application form.

We request that students rather than parents contact us regarding their work experience.

Applications need to be received 6 weeks prior to the programme date.




Caring in the NHS

21 & 22 January 2019 and 01 & 02 July 2019​

This programme gives students the opportunity to learn more about some of the Allied Health Professions, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, ODP’s, Healthcare Support Workers and Paramedics. The programme is delivered through presentations, tours, demonstrations and skills-based activities. 

Healthcare Science    

17 December 2018 and 18 March 2019

This programme provides an insight in to the many science-related careers in the NHS through presentations, tours and demonstrations. For example: Biochemistry, Genetics, Pathology, Audiology, Neurophysiology, Cardio-Physiology, Clinical Engineering, Pharmacy and Radiology.

Nursing & Midwifery

02 November 2018 and 13 May 2019

This programme offers a deeper insight into Healthcare Support, Paediatric, Adult and Mental Health Nursing as well as Midwifery, exploring the various routes and career pathways into these roles.  There will also be time in the Skills Lab.

Year 10 Work Experience  

15-19 July 2019

This week long programme is for year 10 students from local schools who are interested in working in the NHS and want to know more about it. As students are under 16 this is delivered through tours, talks, presentations and activities. This is a very popular and oversubscribed programme.  We therefore liaise with school Career’s / Work Experience Advisors to select the most suitable students from a variety of schools.

  • Submission for applications is now closed




Medical Shadowing

Medical Shadowing is specifically for sixth form students applying to study medicine at university.  The programme aims to provide an insight into the working life of a consultant in order to aid the student in completing their application for Medical School.  Students will shadow a consultant for a period of 2-3 days during which time they will observe patient consultations, ward rounds, clinic/department procedures, multidisciplinary team meetings and emergency care.

  • Applications for Medical Shadowing placements must be submitted at least 2 months prior to placement requested.


4 half days either AM or PM

This is a popular programme for students studying biology and with an interest in Physiotherapy as a future career prospect.  Individuals spend time with various Physiotherapy teams in order to get an overview of the role of the Physiotherapist. We have two programmes which are run every month.  Both take place over four days, from Monday to Thursday, and are held on the second week of every month. The morning programme is from 9:00 to 12:00 and the afternoon programme takes place from 13:30 to 16:30

Medical Work Experience 

28 November (+1) 2018
19 February (+1) 2019

This 2 day programme is for sixth form students considering a career in medicine and to answer ‘is this the right career choice for me?’

The first day is spent hearing talks/presentations from clinical staff. During the following week students will be allocated a day when they shadow a Consultant in Addenbrooke’s Hospital. During this time they may observe patient consultations, ward rounds, clinic/department procedures, multidisciplinary team meetings and emergency care. There is also the opportunity to observe in one of our theatres for students over 17 years.

Nutrition and Dietetics

The Dietetics Department offer half day visitor sessions once a month to shadow members of the department to gain some further understanding and experience of this role. You must be over 16. Please see the Working as a dietitian page where you can download and complete the application form.

Young People in Research

Are you interested in learning about health research?  Have you heard of the phrase ‘from bench to bedside’ or wondered about ‘translational research’? The Research and Development (R&D) department are pleased to announce this new programme for young people interested in finding out more about health research at the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre.

The programme enables participants to meet researchers and R&D staff, visit clinical facilities on site and get involved as public contributors. There will also be optional opportunities to participate in research at the NIHR Cambridge BioResource and the NIHR Clinical Research Facility.

Participants will form the CUH Young Person’s Public Involvement Panel and will be asked to comment on short plain English summaries and patient information leaflets. Training and support will be given to participants to help them make the most of this learning opportunity.

This programme will be of interest to those considering a career in the NHS, including medical, nursing, allied health professional, scientific, administration and support services, with the emphasis on health research careers.

Voluntary Services

The Trust offers a volunteering programme for young persons aged 16-19. Our young volunteers often have an interest in investigating a career in the NHS, so valuable insight can be gained into life on the wards. This is not mandatory of course, you may wish to volunteer simply for the joy of volunteering. Communication skills will improve, as will confidence, as volunteers move through the 15 week programme. Volunteering in a clinical environment is also frequently seen as beneficial by Higher Education establishments.

Volunteers play a vital role as part of the team contributing to the wellbeing of our patients and visitors. They will be allocated to the wards where they will help out with the evening meal, providing assistance to our frailer patients. Volunteers engage patients who are lonely, isolated or anxious with the opportunity to communicate. This can take the form of: a conversation, an activity (such as a game or puzzle), a book from our patient library, a magazine. These interactions are simple but can make a great difference to patients, to whom the day in hospital can seem long and dreary. A listening ear, a friendly smile and a kind word are sometimes the things that matter most.

The volunteering duty is two hours per week, 4.30pm until 6.30pm, and successful applicants will be allocated an afternoon slot on a weekday (Monday to Friday). Volunteers will be expected to volunteer for a 15 week period and are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours, unless illness or other agreed absence prevents attendance. They will be supported throughout the programme by Trust Volunteer Services staff and will have dedicated programme co-ordinator available as well as the support they will get from the ward teams.

At the end of the programme there will be a celebration evening where volunteers will be presented with 30 hour badges, certificates and a reference. There will be opportunities for continued volunteering for graduates of the programme and these will be outlined at this event.

Please note: if you are aged between 16-19 and in full time education, you must apply via the Young Person's Programme.