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Work experience (15 to 18 year olds in full-time education or training)

We are sorry but our work experience placements are fully booked up until September 2019. We will update this page in September when we will re-open the application process. Please check back later in the year.


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County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is committed to supporting  5 days work experience opportunities for young people within the Trust's catchment area of Country Durham, using all appropriate clinical and non-clinical areas to provide a broad range of work based experience.

Recognition is given to the dual benefits of helping individuals to gain insight and inform their choice of career pathway, as well as promoting the Trust's involvement in community links. We also recognise the need to manage this in a way that supports the individuals and ensures patient safety and integrity.

In order to promote equity of access, all work experience requests are managed through the Learning and Organisation Development administration team. Individuals cannot directly request a placement by email, paper application, CV, in person or by telephone. Only work experience placements which have been submitted via the Trust's website and online application will be processed.

Due to capacity requirements, there are a restricted number of available work experience opportunities.

Certain areas of the Trust are not able to offer work experience, due to the psychological or physical risks to students. These restricted areas are:

  • Accident and Emergency
  • Contraception and Sexual Health Services
  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Family Planning
  • Genito-Urinary Medicine
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Macmillan Services
  • Mortuary
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics, including Community Dental
  • Palliative Care Services
  • Maternity, SCBU
  • Safeguarding Children / Child Protection
  • Surgical (including procedures in podiatry and dental)
  • Theatres (including GI Endoscopy, Day Surgery and Recovery)
  • Urgent Care Centres.

The  work experience programme is for students aged 15 to 18 in education or training, and where applicable, students  aged 15 to 21 in education for those with a learning disability. It does not cover students who are studying at University.

Applications for work experience cover any person who is aged 15 to 18, who is in education or training, and where applicable, aged 15 to 21 and in education for those with a learning disability.

The online application is only an expression of interest and does not guarantee that a work experience opportunity will be granted.

Students will not be permitted to do work experience in an area where a relative is working.

Before a work experience applicant can start, all documentation and clearance must be received / completed. This normally takes between eight and twelve weeks.

All applicants will be advised if they have been successful / unsuccessful and all decisions on work experience applications are final.

'What it's like to be a Doctor' work experience programme is open to all students in Year 12/13 who wish to apply to medical school please see the link below with advice on how to apply to attend the day.

Be a Doctor Day

For students over the age of 18 who are studying medicine and would like a Clinical Attachment, you need to have agreement from a consultant or a consultant's secretary before you can start the necessary process.

If you have an interest in the following departments then please contact the relevant email link for that department:

Midwifery -  (Darlington Memorial Hospital) n (University Hospital North Durham)

Pharmacy -    (please forwad your CV and a covering letter to Christine McCartney)

If you have any other queries regarding work experience at the Trust or the application process, these should be sent to

Useful websites - This website has a very useful 'Map your Career' tool which, based on your preferences, will show you a number of careers in the health sector that may be of interest. The site also has a lot of useful information to assist you in sourcing work experience and further careers advice. - The information service for careers in the NHS in England. There is information about specific sectors and roles in PDF form which can be downloaded directly from the website.



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Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital