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Work Experience Placements

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) provides Work Experience placements for students who are in full-time education and are between the ages of 15 - 18 years old.


CDDFT is committed to supporting fulfilling, informative and structured 5 day work experience opportunities for young people within the Trust's catchment area of County Durham.

We recognise that Work Experience placements offer a chance for students to gain insight and knowledge that can inform the decisions they make about their future studies and career choices.

Please Note:

This is a very busy time for us and we are receiving lots of applications and enquiries at this time.


Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Placements are provided in all appropriate clinical and non-clinical areas to provide a broad range of work based placement opportunities.

The Trust recognises the value of providing placements to help individual students to inform their choice of career pathway and to promote links between CDDFT, local schools and colleges and the community. We also recognise the need to manage this in a way that both supports the individual student and ensures patient safety and integrity are also maintained.

Important Information

  • Work experience requests are managed through the Learning and Development administration team, who receive many requests for placements. Because of this it will take time for the team to process your application, so please be patient.
  • Only work experience placements which have been submitted through the online application form, will be considered.
  • Apply between 10 to 16 weeks before the proposed start date of the placement.

We cannot accept applications at more than 16 weeks as supervising staff may move to other wards or departments before the placement starts.

It takes about 10 weeks to process each Work Experience Application. We are therefore unable to accept applications that are submitted less than 10 weeks before the proposed start date of the placement.

Please also note that placement applications cannot be made by:

  • Contacting individual members of CDDFT staff.
  • Contacting individual wards or departments within the Trust.
  • Submitting requests by email, letter, CV, over the phone or in person.


The CDDFT work experience programme is open to:

  • Students who are aged between 15 to 18 years old.
  • Students who are in full-time education or training.
  • Where applicable, students with special educational needs (SEN) aged from 15 up to 21 years old, can apply for a work experience placement with CDDFT.


Please note: Work Experience Placements at CDDFT:

  • Are not open to students who are over 18 years old.
  • Are not open to University students.
  • Are not open to persons who are over 18 years old, who are looking for work place experience prior to a change of career.


Click on the links at the side for further information and to apply for a work experience placement.

If you have any other queries regarding work experience at the Trust or the application process, please email:


Interested in becoming a Paramedic? We do not provide Paramedic placements, but you will find useful information on the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust's Careers webpage.

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham