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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.

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.

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



'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

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