Work experience

Work experience is a short-term placement where students from schools, colleges and Sixth Form can experience what employment would be like in a certain organisation or sector.

Work experience with a Health Sector Employer can be extremely beneficial to students as it enables them to understand the world of health & social care and to comprehend the nature of the National Health Service (NHS).  Homerton offers work experience to school students to help ignite their passions and interest by allowing them to sample various roles and career possibilities.

What sort of work experience do we offer?
The Trust offers work experience to local young people (14-17 years olds) who are still in school, college or sixth form and would like gain experience of the health sector.

We offer placements in clinical areas shadowing nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals. We also offer placements in administration areas shadowing receptionists, administration officers and managers. All placements are dependent on a candidate’s age and preference.

The duration of the placement could be from a few days to a few weeks. Please note that we do not offer placements on weekends or after 5pm.  

Do I meet the criteria?
Look at the table below to see if you meet our criteria. Please be aware that we do not take students during the flu season (October- February).

Criteria for work experience in general administration or clinical areas

  • 14-15 year olds are offered work in administrative settings
  • 16-17 year olds may be offered work in either administrative or clinical settings
  • You must either be a resident in Hackney or go to school in Hackney
  • Or, you must have a parent who is a permanent staff member at Homerton NHS Trust
  • You must be interested in the healthcare sector

Criteria for work experience shadowing doctors

  • You must be a resident in Hackney or go to school in Hackney
  • Or, you must have a parent who is a permanent staff member at Homerton NHS Trust
  • You must be 16+ years old and studying science A-Levels
  • You must be considering a career in medicine and be applying to study medicine at university

If you meet the criteria above, you can apply for work experience at the Trust.

What sort of work experience do we offer?
The Trust offers work experience to local young people (14-18 years olds) who are still in school, college or sixth form and who are wanting experience of the health sector.

We offer placements in clinical areas shadowing nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals. We also offer placements in administration areas shadowing receptionists, administration officers and managers. All placements are dependent on a candidate’s age and preference.

The duration of these placements range from a few days, up to two weeks. Please note that we do not offer placements on weekends or after 3pm. Additionally, our capacity to offer work experience is limited by our work priorities and therefore not every applicant can be accepted.

Do I meet the criteria?
Look at the table below to see if you meet our criteria. Please be aware that due to health and safety concerns, we do not usually take students during the flu season (October- February).

Criteria for work experience in general administration or clinical areas

  • 14-15 year olds can only work in admin settings
  • 16-17 year olds can work in either admin or clinical settings
  • You must be a resident in Hackney or go to school in Hackney
  • Or, you must be the son or daughter of a permanent staff member at Homerton NHS Trust
  • You must be interested in the healthcare sector
  • Criteria for work experience shadowing doctors
  • You must be a resident in Hackney or go to school in Hackney
  • Or, you must be the son or daughter of a permanent staff member at Homerton NHS Trust
  • You must be 16+ years old and studying science A-Levels
  • You must be considering a career in medicine and be applying to study medicine at university

If you meet the criteria above, you can apply for work experience at the Trust.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?
We require a 12 – 16 week notice period to arrange your placement. You will need to complete:

  • The Application Form
  • The Occupational Health and Wellbeing (OHW) link including information on your immunisation history (a print out of your vaccination history can be obtained from your GP).

If you are considering work experience within the hospital (e.g. administration, nursing, physiotherapy etc.), please complete the above form and send it back to huh-tr.work.experience@nhs.net. You will then be sent the OHW link to complete. 

If you are considering work experience shadowing a doctor, please complete the application form and send it to the Medical Education Team on fiona-jane.davison@nhs.net.

What happens if I am accepted for work experience?
Once you have submitted your form and this has been approved, you will receive an email containing a link for an Occupational Health survey.  You must complete this so that we know that you are in good health and it is safe for you to work in a healthcare environment. 

Once the Occupational Health department have confirmed that you are fit to work, you will be allocated a placement.  You should get notification approximately six weeks before your placement date highlighting the details of your placement.

You will receive a work experience contract a week before your placement is due to start. You will need to sign this contract and return it to your work experience liaison on your first day of placement.

The contract will let you know:

  • What time you should arrive on your first day;
  • Where to meet your work experience liaison;
  • What type of clothing you should wear;
  • Other aspects that the Trust expects you to adhere to during your work experience, for instance health & safety regulations.

You will also be asked to bring a £5 deposit with you for your work experience badge. This will be returned to you at the end of your placement once you return your work experience badge.

At the end of your work experience, you will also be expected to complete a feedback form which gives you the opportunity to comment on your work experience placement.

Work Experience Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What are the criteria for work experience candidates?
A. Please read the “Do I meet the criteria?” section on this page.

Q. What if I am over 18 but want to apply for work experience?
A. Unfortunately our team does not offer work experience for those who are 18+ years old.  (You may want to consider volunteering or joining the staff-bank).

Q. What if I do not live or go to school in Hackney and my parents do not work at the hospital?
A. As you would not meet our work experience criteria, we are unable to honour your request.  Please consider applying to hospitals local to you.

Q. Is work experience paid for and/or do I receive lunch and travel fare?
A. Work experience is unpaid. Any travel or lunch expenses that you incur would have to be paid by yourself.

Q. What are the usual hours of work experience?
A. The start and finish times vary between the departments and can range from 8am–5.30pm. The supervisor for your work experience placement will explain to you your hours and breaks once you start your placement.

Q. Do I need approval from my school to attend work experience?
A. You will need approval / a reference from your school’s career advisor or your tutor. There is a section on the application form for them to complete this reference.

If you wish to have work experience during school holidays, please ensure that you ask your school to complete their reference section before the holidays start as you may not be able to have a work experience placement without it.

Q. Can I apply for work experience at Homerton Hospital more than once?
A. As we would like to offer work experience to as many candidates as possible, we are not able to offer experience more than once to the same person.

Q. Would you be able to write me a reference after my work experience placement?
A. We may not be able to provide a detailed reference for you, however, we will be able to confirm that you attended a work experience placement with us. In addition to this, we will only complete this reference for you if you have completed a Work Experience Feedback Form at the end of your placement.

Q. Are there any contact details?
A. If you have read the page above and still have queries, you can always email us at huh-tr.work.experience@nhs.net. Please be aware that due to the volume of emails that are sent to this inbox, there may be a delay in the response to your query.