Work experience is a fantastic way to gain an insight into a career in nursing. It can also be a valuable way of getting some confidence and experience of caring for people. Whether it is a short or long-term placement, full or part time, or on a structured or informal basis, work experience can help you decide if you are really suited to nursing.
Many NHS trusts and universities also want to be certain that you really understand what a career in nursing involves before offering a job or a place on a course. Work experience is a great way of seeing what it’s like working in the health service and showing your commitment to your future NHS career.
The NHS is made up of over 400 individual NHS trusts across England and each is responsible for arranging work experience. You'll need to contact the NHS trusts in your area direct. Ask to speak to the human resources, voluntary services or education and training departments, and they'll be able to give you some guidance.
To find out where your local NHS trusts are based to enquire about work experience opportunities, visit the NHS Choices website.
For more information on volunteering in general and to search for vacancies in your area, look at the Volunteering England and Do it! websites. Some voluntary roles may also be advertised on NHS Jobs.
If you are currently in secondary education, you can get some tips and advice about arranging work experience placements by registering on Step into the NHS.