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Date: 31 August 2015

Time: 09:46

Work experience at QEHB

Work experience

The experience of a working environment prior to making a career choice can prove valuable in shaping your long-term future. University courses/job vacancies are increasingly difficult to apply for and many employers now require work experience placements for a stronger application.

Work experience at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust (UHB) offers a great opportunity to sample a career in the NHS. 

We hope that after taking part in a UHB work experience programme you will regard the NHS as an attractive career option after completing your education.

Four-day school programmes (ideal for 14 – 16 years only)

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Work Experience Team tries to support as many schools as possible and deal with 30 schools around Birmingham each year. The school programme is arranged with school work experience co-ordinators who then select individuals to take part in our four-day programme.

The four-day programme consists of the following activities:

  • Informative sessions about healthcare careers
  • UHB professionals speaking about their own careers and progression within the NHS
  • Stimulating, practical and hands-on activities to give students a feel for different procedures within a healthcare setting

One-day shadowing (ideal age 17+)

One-day shadowing is currently available in physiotherapy, radiography, occupational therapy and dietetics. For available dates and to apply for places, please email the Work Experience Team.


General shadowing (around one or two weeks in length)

  • At age 16 students can shadow in outpatient areas
  • At age 17 students can shadow teams on wards
  • At age 18 students can observe theatres, A&E and intensive care (a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check may be required)

Contact us

If you would like to participate in the work experience programme, please ask your school work experience coordinator to email us.



“I thought as a parent the placement was well organised and provided a range of inputs to help her and her fellow students find out more. We have certainly been discussing in my Trust why we don't do the same. Well done.”
“I just wanted to thank you for arranging the work experience for my son James. I was very impressed at how much effort had gone into putting together the programme and James really enjoyed the whole week.”
“I wanted to say thank you for the work experience and all the help with it. I really enjoyed it and if I had the chance to do it again, I definitely would. We had speakers coming in to talk to us about a lot of new things like radiography, audiology and the ear; about security, customer care, infection control, face transplants, physiotherapy, British sign language etc. We took part in many practicals like how to wrap bandages properly onto somebody and how to perform CPR, so i can actually save someone's life! We did a lot of exciting things where we could apply them to the real world.”

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