Work Shadowing Placements
Work Shadowing Placements
Unfortunately as advised by the Infection Control Team we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone all shadowing placements until the end of the academic year. This decision has not been taken lightly and we appreciate how difficult it is in these times to find placements. This is being reviewed on a regular basis, next review date is 25 May 2022.
This is unfortunate but the safety of all staff, patients and visitors must remain a priority. This will be reviewed on a regular basis and in the event we are able to accept placements before Spring and on agreement by the Infection Control team, we will notify all schools and colleges directly and the website will be updated accordingly.
If a placement had been agreed and was set to go ahead, we will ensure this placement is placed on our priority list for when we are able to offer placements again and all students will be contacted directly. If you have already sent an application form, please Do Not resend it. We will be in touch in the coming weeks / months regarding your request.
If you are interested in a placement at CUH / RPH please continue to send through your application form and we will be in touch once we are able to offer you a placement.
Please note: You can still apply for an elective placement. These are not affected by the postponement.
Further information that you may find useful:
There is an on-line pre-employment health and care academy called ‘It’s All Coming Together’ which has information regarding careers in the NHS; this consists of live sessions from a range of NHS professions which you may find of interest. For more information please visit: It’s all coming together if you have any difficulties accessing the information, please email Health & CareAcademy
More information can also be found here
Any new virtual programmes arranged over the next few months will be advertised on our Insight Programme page.
If you would like any career information, or information on apprenticeships that may be available please email:
Please see below for the process and electronic application form.
- Physiotherapy: 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 four days, from Monday – Thursday, and are held on the second week of every month. The morning programme is from 9am – 12 midday and the afternoon session is 13.30pm – 16.30pm.
- Medical Shadowing & Clinical Shadowing including Laboratories, Health Sciences and AHPs
Placement dates on request, dependant on availability of staff. Applications must be received 2 months prior to the placement request date. If we are not able to place you on the date requested, another date will be offered. Please note: requests for Medical Shadowing are oversubscribed and not all requests will be fulfilled. These requests can be anywhere within the Trust, including Radiology, Radiotherapy, Theatres (if aged 18), Emergency Department, Trauma, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology to name a few. If you have a preferred area, please specify, although we cannot guarantee the placement.
Medical Shadowing is specifically for sixth form students applying to study medicine / AHP / Science at University. The placement aims to provide an insight into 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 / Clinician 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 submitted at least two months prior to the placement request date as health clearance from our Occupational Health team will be required before the placement can take place.
- 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
- Occupational Therapy
You will be spending the morning (9.00 – 12.30) shadowing one of our teams. We will introduce you to the ward or clinic environment and discuss the different effects of disability faced within their specific clinical field. You will have the opportunity to observe assessment and/or treatment sessions with an occupational therapy staff member – with patient agreement.
If you are interested in a placement at CUH please complete the electronic application form here or speak to your Careers Advisor / tutor at college who will be able to assist you. Once this has been fully completed, including the teacher section (this provides us with authorisation from the college of your attendance if you are successful), please scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
We are oversubscribed with requests for placements, so are unable to guarantee a placement. We aim to respond to applications within 3 months. Please make sure you check your spam box regularly for email confirmation from us.