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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:

  • Senior phase school pupil work placements
  • Adult placements for those who are considering a career in the NHS and want to develop an insight into the role and/or environment
  • Physiotherapy Placement Programme
  • Pre-employment initiatives which offer training and placements for those actively pursuing the opportunity to enter the NHS workforce

Senior Phase School Pupils Policy and Guidance

NHSGGC 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.

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

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

You can view a Table of NHSGGC Work Experience Programmes and Application Forms here.

Adult Work Experience Policy and Guidance

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.

International Medical Students and Internationally Qualified Medics and Dentists

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.

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


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.

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.