Work Experience Programmes
“Work experience and shadowing placements at Cambridge University Hospitals
In light of the preparedness across the NHS for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) CUH has no alternative but to postpone or cancel any non-essential visits, events, and meetings due to the additional operational pressures we are experiencing. This means we have to stand down all planned work experience and shadowing opportunities on our site as we also want to reduce as many visitors as we can. This will be until this academic year ends in July. This will also include any visits/events planned by our work opportunities team. We appreciate that your organisation may also be considering your own position in light of the coronavirus.
We are extremely sorry that we have had to take this decision as we know the importance of enabling young people to understand about the vast array of careers in the NHS and the world of work. We also know that these events encourage children and young people to consider the NHS as a future employer.
We plan to continue with our current range of work experience, insight days and work shadowing from September 2020 onwards, and in fact hope to add an additional suite of opportunities; we will be working on these and sharing information with you by July 2020 so that you can plan accordingly for the September 2020 – July 2021 academic term.
If you have any queries regarding this communication please do not hesitate to contact the Work Opportunities Team on 01223-250887”
Programmes for Year 10 to Year 13 or up to 24 years of age if studying at a local College
These work experience opportunities are open to students attending school or college within Cambridgeshire, extending to students who attend school or college bordering Cambridgeshire. Schools and Colleges within our catchment area are notified of the programmes below, places are allocated via an application process through the Work Opportunities Team. Attendance requires authorisation from your school or college either via your Career’s Advisor or Tutor.
Your careers advisor or work experience coordinator will supply the necessary application form to you.
We are usually oversubscribed but we try to give each local school or college two placements per programme for students. The decision is via the ability of completing a good application, demonstrating their interest in the programme subject.
We request that students contact us directly regarding their work experience and not the parents. Please note: Unfortunately we are unable to confirm receipt of application forms, or if you have been unsuccessful in securing a placement.
If you are successful, confirmation will be sent nearer the time of placement or programme.
Caring in the NHS
This programme gives students the opportunity to learn more about some of the Allied Health Professions, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, Nutrition and Dietetics, Theatre staff, Healthcare Support Workers and Paramedics. The programme is delivered through presentations, demonstrations and skills based activities.
This programme provides an insight into the many science related careers in the NHS through presentations and demonstrations. For example: Biochemistry, Genetics, Pathology, Audiology, Clinical Engineering, Pharmacy, Cardio-physiology and Radiology.
Nursing & Midwifery
This programme offers a deeper insight into Healthcare Support , Adult, Paediatric and Mental Health Nursing as well as Midwifery, exploring the various routes and career pathways available. There is also practical time in the skills lab.
Cambridge Clinical Research Centre
We offer students chance to participate in some work shadowing in the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre. This three day programme provides students with a chance to spend time meeting researchers, watching clinical skills, touring our research facility and labs. The programme aims to cover the Ethics of research, Metabolic research, patient and public involvement, early phase trials in Oncology and Paediatric research. (subject to programme change)
Year 10 Work Experience
This week long programme is for year 10 students from local schools who are interested in working in the NHS and would like to know more about it. As students are under the age of 16, this is delivered in the classroom through presentations, talks and activities. This is a very popular and oversubscribed programme. We therefore work with the school’s career advisor / work experience co-ordinator to select the most suitable students.
Programmes for Year 12 & 13 only
Placement dates on request dependent on availability of staff. If we are not able to place you on the date requested, another date will be offered.
Please Note: the request for medical shadowing is oversubscribed and not all requests can be fulfilled.
Medical Shadowing is specifically for sixth form students applying to study medicine at university. The placement aims to provide an insight in the working life of the Consultant or Junior Doctor in order to aid the student in completing their UCAS application for Medical School. Students will shadow a consultant for 1-3 days depending on availability, during which time they will observe patient consultations, ward rounds, clinic / department procedures, multidisciplinary team meetings and emergency care.
Applications must be received at least two months prior to placement request date, as health clearance from our Occupational Health team will be required before the placement can take place.
Medical Work Experience Programme plus one day placement
This two day programme is for sixth form students considering a career in medicine to answer the question “Is this the right career for me?”
The first day is a proactive classroom based programme with speakers and presentations from a range of clinical staff, offering the chance to ask questions and find out what university interviews are really like. During the following week the students will be allocated a day when they shadow a consultant in Addenbrooke’s Hospital. During this time they may observe patient consultations, ward rounds, clinic/ department procedures, multidisciplinary team meetings and emergency care. There is also the opportunity to observe in one of our Theatres for students over the age of 17.
Four half days, either AM or PM
This is a popular programme for students studying biology and with an interest in Physiotherapy as a future career prospect. Individuals spend time with various Physiotherapy teams in order to get an over view of the role of the Physiotherapist. We have two programmes which run every month. Both take place over 4 days, from Monday – Thursday, and are held on the second week of every month. The morning programme is from 0900 – midday and the afternoon session is 1330 – 1630.
Nutrition and Dietetics
The Dietetics department offer half day visitor sessions once a month to shadow members of the department to gain some further understanding and experience of this role. Please apply via our website http://www.cuh.org.uk/addenbrookes-hospital/services/nutrition-and-dietetics/working-dietician completing the specific application form.