Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust can offer work experience placements in both clinical and non-clinical areas. Placements are unpaid and in an observation capacity only for up to a maximum of five working days. Please note that not all areas of the hospital are suitable for work experience and some departments are unable to accommodate requests.
Please be aware that some departments give priority to students studying for healthcare-related qualifications and/or may impose further restrictions on the eligibility criteria listed below to regulate demand.
As an alternative to Work Experience, you may wish to consider a role as a volunteer within the Trust. Currently we have a large volume of volunteers working in a number of areas across the organisation. You will need to be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to apply.
If you think you might be interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit our Voluntary Services page.
You may also wish to consider contacting other healthcare providers including pharmacies, residential care homes, charities, general practices or private healthcare providers.
For further information on the extensive career opportunities in the NHS, please visit healthcareers.nhs.uk
Top Tips for being successful and gaining Work Experience at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust receives a high number of enquiries for Work Experience Placements each year. It is important that you ensure that you present your application well, considering the skills you hope to gain on work experience and which department in the hospital would be able to provide you with the most valuable experience to support you in your career choice.
Things you can do
Register your details and interest with us, using the register/login page of this website.
Complete all the paperwork
Make sure you fully complete the Work Experience Personal Information Form - if you give a covering account of why you are seeking Work Experience, and can show you have researched the area or organisation in your statement. You are more likely to be considered for a placement if you can demonstrate you have done your homework.
Get in contact early
Make contact during the academic year before you want your placement to start. This gives the work area time to plan your placement to ensure you get the most out of this invaluable opportunity. We could not accept any placement requests made less than one month prior to the dates of the placement starting.
Be flexible on timings
If you can come on placement at different times of the year, please give these optional dates.
The Trust gets a lot of requests at certain times of the year, thus limiting how many Work Experience Placements we can offer.
Prepare yourself for the placement
You are advised to prepare for the placement. Think about what you want to learn from your experience and have questions ready that you would want to ask.
Make sure you turn up on time, attend every day and let the person know who is your main point of contact know if you are able to attend.
If at first you don’t succeed....... Try, and try again .....
You may have to apply to a number of different areas or organisations before you can secure a placement.
Work Experience at LTHT is direct observation of healthcare