Work experience

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School and college students can get a taste of life in the NHS with our work experience programme.

Every year, around 400 young people join teams at the Great Western Hospital and elsewhere around Swindon to see for themselves what it means to be employed by the NHS.

How it works

Our work experience programmes take place with both clinical and non-clinical teams and are designed for students who are in Year 10 or above and at least 14 years of age.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept students under 18 for work experience in:

  • Acute Cardiac Unit
  • All paediatric departments
  • All gynaecological departments
  • Emergency Department (A&E)
  • Intensive care unit
  • Maternity
  • Neptune Ward
  • Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Radiology
  • Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) (Neonatal Unit)
  • Theatres

(Other departments might also have some restrictions.)

Placements usually last no longer than a week.

For longer periods, or for more specific experience, you could become a volunteer.

Volunteers receive Induction and Volunteer Training, which allows them to undertake more tasks.

You need to be 16 years of age to join our team of volunteers, where you'll gain new skills and find out more about working in healthcare in your designated placement area.

More more details please see Volunteers.


Work experience opportunities are limited and extremely popular, so you will need to get in touch well in advance, usually with four to six months' notice.

We cannot arrange placements with less than eight weeks' notice.

To apply for work experience placements, please download and complete the work experience application form and email it to the address below:

Work Experience Application Form (Microsoft Word version)

Or you can print off the PDF version, complete it and post it to us (please see Contact us):

Work Experience Application Form (PDF version)

Further information/contact


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