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Work experience

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work experience gives those interested in a career in the NHS the opportunity to experience what happens in hospitals, to observe the day to day work of NHS staff and gain an insight into the varied job roles vital to the NHS. It will give you an understanding of the attitudes, behaviours and values that are expected in a healthcare setting.  

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is committed to supporting young people and adults looking to pursue a career in healthcare.

The Trust offers clinical placements, allied health professions placements and non-clinical placements at set times across the academic year. To apply for placements in your area of interest, please see our ‘Upcoming Placements` section below. Please do not apply for any placements that are not currently advertised.

YEAR 11 PLACEMENTS

Work experience placements for year 11 students are in administration roles only. These can provide you with an insight into the hospital environment and the work that goes on.

YEAR 12/13 PLACEMENTS

CLINICAL PLACEMENTS

Clinical placements are in various hospital departments. All placements are for 5 days during which you will experience 3 different clinical areas.

ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS PLACEMENTS

 Allied Health Profession placements are for 5 days duration on prearranged dates. You will have the opportunity to experience 7 different roles. 

* It may be possible to offer shorter placements in AHP`s throughout the year if you have a specific interest in one particular area. If you would like to be considered    for this please contact the Widening Participation Officer at workexperience@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

PHYSIOTHERAPY PLACEMENTS

These are arranged by the physiotherapy department. For any enquiries please contact the Physiotherapy Team  – Physio.WorkExperience@royalberkshire.nhs.uk  

ORAL, MAXOFACIAL & ORTHODONTICS PLACEMENTS

Oral, Maxillofacial and Orthodontics placements are for 2 days on prearranged dates. Placements are limited.

PHARMACY PLACEMENTS

Placements in pharmacy are offered once a year as a group placement for a small number of students. Applications for this will be open later in the academic year.

MIDWIFERY & NURSING PLACEMENTS

Midwifery placements are for 2 days. Nursing placements are for 3 days. These are available on pre-arranged dates.  Nursing placements will include experience across 3 different wards to give you a broader nursing experience.

Entry requirements for placements are:-

  • You are considering a career in the area in which you are applying for a placement and can demonstrate this in your application.
  • You are studying at 6th form or college and are achieving the predicted grades required for medical school, university or the professional training qualification required for your career of interest.
  • You are able to attend on the designated placement weeks

NON CLINICAL PLACEMENTS

Non clinical placements are across the wider workforce within Royal Berkshire Hospital such as administration roles, finance, and engineering. Placements are for 2 to 5 days. If you would like to be considered for a placement please contact the Widening Participation officer at workexperience@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

We will also be offering 5 day mixed non clinical placements with 3 pathways. These will be offered on set dates during the school year.

Entry requirements for non-clinical placements are:-

  • You are in Year 12 or above at school/college
  • You can demonstrate an interest in the area of work you are applying for a placement in, and in working within the NHS.
  • For 5 day mixed placements - you can attend on the designated placement dates.

Upcoming Placements

 

UNFORTUNATELY ALL PLACEMENTS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH COVID-19. it is not possible to say when these will be available again at this stage. The website will be updated as soon as we can offer placements again. please check back at a later date.

To apply for any of the placements available during this week please complete and submit ALL forms. Please ensure you send the link for the reference form to your referee.

 

PLEASE NOTE OUR NUMBERS ARE RESTRICTED AND THEREFORE NOT EVERY APPLICANT CAN BE ACCEPTED. WE ARE UNABLE TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS WHERE YOU DO NOT FIT THE CRITERIA, WHERE APPLICATIONS ARE INCOMPLETE OR YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE CORRECT APPLICATIONS PROCEDURE

We are unable to offer longer term placements, or to offer placements to anyone who is not resident in the Berkshire or surrounding South Oxfordshire area.

 

ADULT PLACEMENTS

The Trust offers placements for adult learners looking to undertake a health qualification and to pursue a career in the NHS. Placements are offered in clinical areas, allied health professions and non-clinical areas.

Adult placements are for a maximum of 3 days depending on the department you are interested in and their availability. Placements can be arranged throughout the year subject to the department’s availability.

For enquires regarding placements for adults please contact the Widening Participation Officer at workexperience@royalberkshire.nhs.uk 

To apply for a placement please complete the application forms. (Please ensure you send the link for your reference to be completed to your referee).

For any enquiries or applications relating to Physiotherapy placements, please contact the Physiotherapy Team – physioworkexperience@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Please note we do receive a high number of requests and cannot always guarantee a placement. We are unable to offer longer term placements.

INTRODUCTION TO MEDICINE DAY

Each year the Trust holds a Pre UCAS day for Year 12 students considering applying to study medicine. This includes speakers, a chance to talk to consultants and to take part in activities.

This year this will be held on Friday 2nd July 2021. Applications will open to students from Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Bucks. Details of the day and how to apply will be sent to your schools towards the end of May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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