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Are you at school or college and thinking about a career in healthcare?

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering young people the opportunity to get a taste of what it's like to work in the NHS by signing up for a work experience placement. 

More than 1.3 million people work for the NHS in England, and there are more than 350 different careers to choose from. 

In an average year, we have about 400 work experience placements at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and in community hospitals and teams across Wiltshire.

Work experience is a great way to get insight into a career in the NHS and will often be a strong indicator as to whether or not you would be suited to a particular job.

If you do decide to take that career path, then you will probably look back on it as valuable experience and a great confidence booster.

How it works

Work experience is aimed at school students in your 10 (aged 14) and above.

Placements can be for a few days or up to a week; or longer still for some BTEC students.

These take place throughout the year.

More specific work experience can be arranged for students contemplating further and higher education.

Some useful tips

Get in contact early

Make contact about six months before you want the placement to start so we can plan things and complete the necessary paperwork.

Be flexible

The hospital does provide a range of placements but may not be able to meet your first choice due to restrictions and capacity.

So it is really helpful if you could identify a few placement areas on your application form.

Show interest and commitment

Remember to include in your application your reasons for wanting work experience at the hospital, show how you will make the most of the opportunity, and be a good ambassador for your school or college.


Think about what you want to learn and the questions you want to ask.

Read all of the pre-placement literature on patient confidentiality, health and safety, infection control and dress code.

Remember that your placement will be the perfect opportunity to ask questions.

How to apply

You will need to apply at least 4-6 months in advance.

Numbers are limited, and there is an application process, so you will need to plan well ahead.

Please complete and return the application form:

Application for Work Experience

Further information/contact

The Academy
Tel: 01793 604442

See also Dare to Doctor.

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