Work Shadowing Placements
Cambridge University Hospitals is pleased to announce that as of November 2021 we will be gradually welcoming students back into the Trust for face to face placements. Please note however that this is subject to change depending on Trust guidelines.
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.