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Work experience

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CUH is passionate about equipping young people with valuable careers guidance and expanding access to healthcare career opportunities. Our aim is to help develop skills, confidence, awareness and an understanding of the world of work, especially for students aged 14 - 19 years.

Please note: to support our local community, priority for placements will be given to students who live and study within the Trust’s main catchment area as we have limited places and numerous requests.

For more details please see our work experience programmes and How do I apply?

 

Work experience programmes

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 in conjunction with school/college contacts. 

Caring in the NHS

This two day programme is aimed at students aged 15 - 19 interested in a caring profession to find out what roles exist, how to apply and to experience what life in a hospital is like.  

The programme covers careers such as Allied Health Professions (e.g. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics), ODP’s, Healthcare Support Workers and Paramedics. It will also give an insight into such areas as Sterile Services, Clinical Coding and Finance. The programme is delivered through presentations, tours, demonstrations and skills-based activities. 

This programme will be held on the following dates:

  • 10 and 11  January 2017 at Cambridge University Hospitals
  • 20 and 21 June 2017 at Cambridge University Hospitals

Attendance on this programme requires support from your school/college. To apply for this programme, please contact your school/college career’s advisor/work experience co-ordinator.

Healthcare science day

This programme is aimed at students aged 15-19 who are interested in pursuing a career in science. 

The programme provides an insight in to the many science-related careers in the NHS through presentations, tours and demonstrations. There will be sessions from:

Biochemistry, Genetics, Pathology. Audiology, Neurophysiology, Cardio Physiology.

Clinical Engineering, Pharmacy and Radiology

This programme will be held on the following dates:

  • 04 November 2016 at Cambridge University Hospitals
  • 07 March 2017 at Cambridge University Hospitals

Attendance on this programme requires support from your school/college. To apply for this programme, please contact your school/college career’s advisor/work experience co-ordinator.

Medical shadowing programme

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.

Placements are available in the following areas:

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency
  • Medicine for the Elderly
  • Oncology
  • Orthodontics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Radiography/Radiotherapy
  • Research
  • Women’s Health

Please note that students may only participate in either the Medical Work Experience Programme OR the Medical Shadowing Programme. If you have participated in one these programmes you are not eligible to apply for the other.

Please note that some of the above areas are more popular and/or have less opportunities available than others, while we will do our best to offer you a placement in your specified area of interest we cannot guarantee it.

To apply for this programme, please contact your school/college career’s advisor/work experience
co-ordinator.

  • Applications for placements during October 2016 to March 2017 must be submitted between
    01 September to 15 October 2016.
  • Applications for placements during April 2017 to September 2017 must be submitted between
    01 January to 28 February 2017.

Please note:

  • Due to the large number of applications we receive, it is not possible to acknowledge receipt of application forms for this programme
  • If you have not been contacted four weeks after submitting, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Please look at our volunteer programme
 

Medical work experience programme

This programme is for Sixth Form Students considering a career in medicine and to answer ‘is this the right career choice for me?’

The timetable incorporates one day spent in the University’s Clinical School. In their training centres, seminars, and in talks/presentations from medical students and clinical staff. Students will also visit the Addenbrooke's Simulation Centre, which allows learning on machines that simulate a variety of very realistic medical scenarios, and the Clinical Skills Unit which enables medical students to develop competence and confidence in clinical situations. On day two, which will be one day of the following week, students will 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 over 17’s

This programme will be held on the following dates:

  • 09 December 2016 plus one day during the week 12-22 December 2016 at Cambridge University Hospitals
    Closing date for applications is 03/11/2016 
  • 21 March 2017 plus one day during the week 22-31 March 2017 at Cambridge University Hospitals
    Closing date for applications is 21/02/2017

Please note that students may only participate in either the Medical Work Experience Programme OR the Medical Shadowing Programme. If you have participated in one these programmes you are not eligible to apply for the other.

Attendance on this programme requires support from your school/college. To apply for this programme, please contact your school/college career’s advisor/work experience co-ordinator.

Nursing and midwifery day

This programme is aimed at students aged 15 - 19 who have decided they want to pursue a career in Nursing and Midwifery, offering the student the opportunity to answer the question ‘is this the right career choice for me?’

This programme offers a deeper insight into each profession through presentations, case studies, panel discussions, skills stations and Q&A sessions.

This programme will be held on the following dates:

  • 14 October 2016 at Cambridge University Hospitals
  • 09 May 2017 at Cambridge University Hospitals

Attendance on this programme requires support from your school/college. To apply for this programme, please contact your school/college career’s advisor/work experience co-ordinator

Physiotherapy

This programme is available for anyone over the age of 16 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

All applications will be considered by the Physiotherapy Department 

Attendance on this programme requires support from your school/college if applicable. To apply for this programme, please contact your school/college career’s advisor/work experience co-ordinator.

Year 10 Work Experience

The Trust is keen to encourage young people to consider the NHS as a future career choice. 

We have organised an interactive work experience programme for one week during July for year 10’s who are interested in working in the NHS and want to know more about it. As these students are under 16 this is delivered through tours, talks, presentations and in the Simulation Centre.

This programme will be held on the following date:

  • 03-07 July 2017 at Cambridge University Hospitals
    Closing date for applications is 28/02/2017

Places are limited on this programme so students should speak to their careers advisor /work experience coordinator in first instance. Please note that students should only apply for a placement at one NHS Trust hospital.

To apply for this programme, please contact your school/college career’s advisor/work experience co-ordinator.

Voluntary Services

The Trust also offers a volunteering programme for young persons. 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 16 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. Volunteers 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

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.

What the programme involves

The volunteering duty is two hours, 4.30pm until 6.30pm, and successful applicants will be allocated an afternoon slot on a weekday (Monday to Friday), which will not be transferable. Volunteers will be expected to volunteer for a 16 week period

Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours or attend for a minimum of 15 weeks, unless illness or other agreed absence prevents attendance.

Young Person’s Programme volunteers will be supported throughout the programme by Trust staff and will have an Evening Duty Supervisor 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:

  • Applications for the Young Person's Programme are now closed until October 5th, when applications will be for the January 2016 start.
  • If you are aged between 16-19 and in full time education, you must apply via the Young Person's Programme. 
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Other work opportunities

A run down of the programmes we run here at CUH.

How do I apply for work experience?

The work opportunities team work closely with local schools and colleges to allocate the available work experience opportunities to students.

Frequently asked questions about work experience

Get answers to your questions so you don't have to ask us!

Contact the work experience team

Telephone: 
01223 274 234
Box number: 
240

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