County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is committed
to supporting 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
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
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:
All applicants must
fill in the 'Work experience application' form below.
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
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
'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
Be a Doctor
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
Midwifery - email@example.com
(Darlington Memorial Hospital) firstname.lastname@example.org
n (University Hospital North Durham)
Pharmacy - email@example.com
(please forwad your CV and a covering letter)
If you have any other queries regarding work experience at the
Trust or the application process, these should be sent to
www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk - 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
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk - 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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