Gaining experience of the NHS
There are many different routes you can take to starting your 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 insight into the various roles which make up our organisation and others will support individuals develop knowledge and skills that may assist them into future employment.
Work experience opportunities are provided for:
Secondary School - S4, S5 & S6 School Pupils
S4 - This normally involves a 5-day period within department providing the opportunity to observe and sometimes participate under supervision in the normal work of the area. Each secondary school will utilise its own processes to identify suitable work placements for pupils. Evidence of meeting the relevant criteria will be required through the submission of an application form
S5 & S6 – Work experience placements are also available to S5 and S6 pupils who have a keen interest, high motivation and are preparing to pursue a career in the Health Service. Evidence of meeting the relevant criteria will be required through the submission of an application form. These placements can vary from one to five days depending on the capacity of the service to support the student.
Adult work experience placements can provide individuals who have left school and are age 18yrs+ with the opportunity to observe and sometimes participate under supervision in the normal work of the area. 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. Some placements may require Disclosure or Occupational Health Checks to be carried out.
Adult work experience placements will support those individuals who have been advised to gain experience/volunteer in the NHS in support of their application to College or University for healthcare related studies.
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Our volunteer programme is for those people 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. All volunteers are expected to participate in a recruitment/selection process; 2 character references are required, Disclosure clearance and Occupational Health Screening. NHS GG&C are looking for a significant commitment from volunteers, so that staff and patients have continuity of volunteer support. More information on our volunteer programme can be found at: