Work experience

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The ‘GET IN’ Work Experience Programme

Our Trust aims to be at the forefront when it comes to giving young people and adult learners a helping hand on the road to a career in the NHS. The ’Get In’ Work Experience Programme is in line in with the NHS Health Education England Talent for Care Widening Participation Programme - ‘Get in, Get on and Go Further’.

Due to capacity within all departments, placements are limited and we prioritise local students who either live or attend an educational institute in the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

Please check this page regularly for updates on our upcoming Medical and Nursing career programmes.

Work experience opportunities are available for the following:

AS Level students - years 12 and above

If you are in year 12 and looking to apply to medical school in the next 12 months, our three day medical work experience workshop can help give you an insight into what it’s like to have a career in medicine.

Our next workshop will take place at King George Hospital from Wednesday 27 March through to Friday 29 March 2018. 

Applications are open to year 12 students in the catchment area of Barking, Dagenham, Havering or Redbridge.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 29 January 2018 at 5pm.

If you intend to apply to medical school in the future, please complete the Work Experience Applicaton form [docx] 67KB and return it to MedicalWorkExperience@bhrhospitals.nhs.uk

Unfortunately we cannot consider applications from outside our local boroughs or any received after the deadline.

Step into the NHS work experience workshop

With North East London Foundation NHS Trust, we are offering a four day Step into the NHS work experience workshop. 

Step into the NHS is only for people who want to become nurses, allied health professionals or have a career in non-clinical professional services such as finance or organisational development.

The workshop is delivered by both trusts and includes:

  • career pathways into the NHS
  • an insight into the different NHS professions
  • shadowing and observing opportunities in your chosen career (where possible)
  • Q&A session with a variety of health professionals
  • CV writing and interview skills
  • understanding the NHS, its partners and the wide range of jobs available
  • highlighting current and future skills requirements
  • raise awareness of the career paths available to you.

The workshop is for over 16s only.

When?

The next workshop will be from Monday 9 April to Thursday 12 April at King George Hospital and Queen's Hospital, so you'll be required to travel between sites.

What will I learn?

The aim of the programme is to give you an insight into the diverse range of work carried out by different healthcare professionals in two large Trusts, allowing you to make an informed decision about pursuing a career in the NHS.

Expressions of interest

The expression of interest deadline is 5pm Friday 2 March, anything submitted after this date will not be considered.

Application process

If you meet the criteria for this workshop you will be contacted Monday 5 March for the second stage of the application process. Unfortunately, if you do not hear back by that date, your application has not been successful.

The second stage involves completing a full application form, which includes references.

Applications must be fully completed and returned by 5pm on Friday 16 March. Applications will be shortlisted and if you are successful you will be contacted the week commencing Monday 19 March. 

Priority applicants

Due to the high demand for placements, we will to give priority to applicants who either live or attend an educational institute in the Boroughs of:

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Havering and Redbridge

If you would like to be considered for this workshop opportunity please complete the form below stating Step into the NHS.

Any applications that are submitted for medical work experience will not be considered. 

School students - years 12-13

School students (year 12 to year 13) who are seeking a work experience placement within context of their school’s career activities. We support local schools by providing placements for school students. 

Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to support applications from schools outside our local boroughs.

Please note: We only offer a structured work experience programme for medical and nursing placements. Medical work experience programmes are only available to students in Year 12 and above. Please do not submit an expression of interest for any medical related (Doctor/Surgeon/Consultant shadowing) or general nursing placements as we are unable to process these requests.

Please check this page regularly for updates on our upcoming Medical and Nursing career programmes.

Adult learners

Adult learners who seek an unpaid work experience placement for the below reasons:

  • Planning to apply and study further or higher education in an associated health care career
  • Applied to study further or higher education in an associated health care career
  • Studying further or higher education in an associated health care career

Important information about work experience

People and young people must not directly contact relatives, friends or employees within our Trust requesting placements or send generic letters to wards/departments or individuals who already work within our hospitals. Any requests need to be submitted by completing the below ‘expression of interest’ form. 

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any work experience requests for students that are under the age of 16, this is due to the nature of the work carried out in the hospital.

Please note our numbers are restricted and therefore not every applicant can be accepted.

Students are advised to consider carefully what their area of interest is and formulate their personal statement of application accordingly.

The length of placement will depend on area of work experience.

We will not be able to consider applications where you do not fit the criteria or do not follow the correct procedure for expressing an interest.

Due to the need to protect individuals from potentially upsetting situations, the need to safeguard patient confidentiality and health and safety concerns there are no placements available for the following areas:

  • Theatres (including day surgery and recovery)
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Breast Screening Unit

For the same reasons as above there is also an age restriction of over 18 years in the following areas:

  • Emergency Departments (A&E)
  • Midwifery
  • Paediatric, with the exception of the Little Explorers Day Nursery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Expression of interest

Please do not submit an expression of interest if you are under the age of 16 as we will be unable to consider your application. 

If you meet the essential criteria, please submit an Expression of Interest by completing the form below.

Please ensure you include all the information required. If you do not meet the criteria or do not send all the necessary information we will not be able to process your request. If your expression of interest meets all criteria you will be sent the relevant application forms for you to complete.

If you do not receive a response within three months of your initial request, you should assume that there is no availability at this time. 

Please note: We only offer a structured work experience programme for medical and nursing placements. Medical work experience programmes are only available to students in Year 12 and above. Please do not submit an expression of interest for any medical related (Doctor/Surgeon/Consultant shadowing) or general nursing placements as we are unable to process these requests

Each expression of interest must include the following information:

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