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Work Experience in the NHS

There are many different routes which enable people to start a career within the NHS. In NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde we aim to offer a variety of opportunities. Some will help individuals make career choices by providing an insight into the various roles within our organisation and others will support people to develop knowledge and skills that may assist them into future employment.

The range of placements currently supported by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde includes:

Please note that volunteering is not considered to be a work experience opportunity. We have a significant number of volunteers in a range of role supportive roles. The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde volunteer programme is for those who wish to contribute to the wider community by giving their skills, talents and time to support the NHS and we seek people with such motivation. Full details on the range of our volunteering opportunities can be found by clicking here. All volunteers are expected to participate in a recruitment/selection process; 2 character references are required, Disclosure clearance and Occupational Health screening.

Medical electives – please note that NHS GGC does not oversee the process for providing UK or international medical students with placements within our hospitals. Please click here for information about applying for a visiting elective via the University of Glasgow.

Clinical observerships, attachments and access for internationally qualified medics and dentists can be accommodated within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Please click here to access guidance and the relevant application forms.

Senior Phase School Pupil Placements (S4 - S6 Pupils)

NHS GGC recognises the importance of helping young people to make an informed choice about the possible NHS careers and the pathways open to them. We are committed to supporting the transition from school into higher or further education, and employment, and offer placements to pupils in the senior phase of school to support this.

In order to access a placement within NHS GGC (even if you have identified a host department by yourself) pupils must complete the work placement application form.

To apply for work experience with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde click to download and save the School Work Experience Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

We will work to identify a placement for you within 8 weeks of receiving your request and will let you know as soon as we have identified a suitable placement, or if we are unable to accommodate your request. It is important to note that we aren’t always able to accommodate week long placements in some of our services and there are times when we have to limit the offer to a day or two. There may also be times when we cannot accommodate the exact dates requested.

If you have any enquiries in relation to your request please contact us at email: [email protected]

A copy of the Schools Work Experience Policy can be found here.

A copy of the Supervisor's Pack can be found here.

Thinking of studying medicine? Click here to visit the Medic Insight website.

Adult Work Experience

Adult work experience placements can provide individuals with the opportunity to observe and sometimes participate, under supervision, in the workplace. At this time applicants are required to source placements by themselves i.e. we do not match applicants to host supervisors. A request for this type of placement should be made directly to the department of interest who will negotiate the content and length of the placement. Once the placement has been agreed with the applicant the host department will contact the Learning & Education team to confirm the arrangements.

A copy of the Adult Work Experience Policy can be found here.

Physiotherapy Placement Programme (S5/S6 Pupils and Adults only)

The Physiotherapy Team have developed a two day placement programme for S5/S6 pupils interested in pursuing physiotherapy, and for adults planning to apply for the undergraduate programme. This programme takes place on a monthly basis. We are now accepting requests for placements from September to November 2018. Click here to view dates and further information. Please ensure your application is completed by Friday 24th August 2018 at 12 noon. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

As places are limited applicants should be on track to meet the entry requirements for the undergraduate physiotherapy programme. 

Please ensure that you complete all sections of the application form and return it, along with the monitoring form, by the closing date provided at the bottom of the form.

Pre-employment Initiatives

Another route into NHS employment, which includes work experience, is via a pre-employment training programme. These programmes are often delivered in partnership with other agencies and are geared towards under- represented groups within our workforce (e.g. young people, care experienced, and disabled). The programmes tend to include a combination of classroom based sessions and work placements which with tutor aim to provide people with the confidence, skills and knowledge to make successful applications for entry level posts within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Details of NHSGGC job opportunities can be found at:


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