Work experience and schools outreach
Many people think that working for the NHS means working in a clinical setting, for example as a doctor, nurse, midwife, paramedic or therapist. However with over different 350 roles available, there is something for everyone. Often, people forget the 'behind the scenes' staff, from the gardener to the Chief Executive, secretary to lab scientist. They all provide essential support and play an important role in the functioning of the hospital. .
For information about the range of jobs available in a hospital, and what qualifications are recommended, visit NHS Careers. You can also visit the Trust's YouTube channel to find out about some of the roles available within our hospitals.
Clinical shadowing: Summer 2022 (Update 11/7/22)
Thank you to everyone who as been in touch about clinical shadowing in the last few weeks. The application window for places has now shut. Applicants will be contacted via email over the coming weeks to confirm success and availability.
Please note that the Trust is unable to offer any work experience placements at this time, however we are working closely with schools with the aim of offering opportunities for the 2022/23 academic year. We recommend you check this site regularly for updates on when these will restart.
Information for school and sixth form students
There are many roles in the NHS – it’s not just doctors and nurses. There are over 350 roles in the NHS. To find your future career, visit https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/.
There are also many routes into the NHS. You could start in an entry level job with the Trust, do a further education qualification like a T-Level, do an apprenticeship, go to university or do a post-graduate qualification.
To find out about what entry level (Band 2) roles there are in the Trust, please visit NHS Jobs https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/search_vacancy/. For more information on healthcare apprenticeships, please visit to learn about the career pathways available within the NHS.
Many people want to get an insight into a role before choosing their career and would like to complete work experience in a sector before committing. If you are interested in a clinical career (where you work directly with patients), please see the information about Clinical Shadowing. If you are interest in a non-clinical role, please contact Ellie Dove on firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying to university
Universities and Medical Schools require applicants to have an understanding of what a career in the NHS involves. This understanding can be gained through shadowing a clinician in a hospital, but there are other options too. The Medical Schools Council (MSC) strongly recommends voluntary work, such as working with other people in a caring or service role, in particular with people who are ill, disabled or disadvantaged. You may consider volunteering with a local youth group, in a hospice or nursing home, or working with a relevant charity.
For more information on suggested work experience for Aspiring Medics, please visit the MSC webpage here.
For the MSC guidance on Core Behaviours and Values for Medical Applicants, please see their statement here.
Volunteering at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Volunteers fulfil a variety of roles with the purpose of enhancing patient experience. Although volunteers do not perform any clinical roles, they are able to get some hands on experience of what it is like to work in a hospital environment and work alongside hospital staff on wards. If you choose to apply, you can identify areas of interest on their application (e.g. renal or MSK) and volunteering in those areas will be offered where possible. After 3 months of volunteering, you can ask to be transferred to another area to experience something different.
Volunteering for the Trust provides the opportunity for you to interact directly with patients in a service and care role and gives an unparalleled insight into what working with the NHS is truly like. It can also provide appropriate experience to support applications to any clinical course or entry-level role.
You will complete a 6 month placement, of 4 hours per week, totalling to over 200 hours of volunteering. Ideally you would volunteer at the same time each week, which means you will build working relationships with the staff on your ward and get to understand how the multidisciplinary team works together for patient care.
Volunteering at Trust is open to anyone aged 16+ and there are opportunities at York, Scarborough, Bridlington or Selby hospitals as well as some of our smaller community sites. For more details, please visit our volunteering page.
For aspiring doctors
Sixth Form shadowing project
Funded by Friends of York Hospital, the project provides students the opportunity to gain understanding of the field of medicine and the working of the multidisciplinary team. It runs weekly throughout the Spring Term and has run virtually for the last two years due to the pandemic. It is open to students who are in Year 12 and attend either: York College, Fulford School, Huntington School, Archbishop Holgate's School, Joseph Rowntrees School or All Saints Roman Catholic School .For more information please visit Projects | Friends of York Hospitals or contact Stephanie Neale on email@example.com.
Hull York Medical School
The joint medical school of the Universities of Hull and York offers its Pathways to Medicine programme in partnership with The Sutton Trust to support talented sixth form/college students who wish to pursue a career in medicine. The programme offers a range of opportunities to gain an insight into the medical profession, including information sessions and workshops, mentoring from current medicine students, information sessions with practising doctors, and support with medical school applications. For more information visit their website.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
This virtual work experience allows you to explore the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists. Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face. This course is not designed to completely replace experience completed in the real world, but to provide an insight into medicine and being a doctor. You can find out more information and apply online.
University Hospitals Birmingham and Medic Mentor
They offer a virtual work experience programme which follows a number of patient journeys through primary, secondary and tertiary care. It offers the experience over six months and upon completion you are certified with 42 hours of work experience. You can find out more information and apply online.
If you are interested in becoming a GP, are over 16 and living in the UK, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) are encouraging aspiring medics to register and use Observe GP's free and interactive video platform that provides an insight into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team. You can read information and access Observe GP online.
Doctor You has been introduced by Health Education England (link to their website) to encourage more people to consider a career in medicine. For more information, resources, videos, and to hear what it is like to be a doctor visit their website.
For aspiring nurses
University of York Introduction to Nursing
The University of York are offering a free self-led course on an introduction to nursing, covering the bioscience, psychology and sociology of nursing. For more information please visit: Introduction to nursing - Study at York, University of York.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
For information on becoming a nurse, midwife, or nursing associate, visit the Nursing and Midwifery Council website where you can find a course in the UK which interests you and information on how to apply.
For aspiring Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)
Aspiring Allies website has a wealth of information about the Allied Health Professions and a quiz to help you find out about which roles might suit you. For more information, see their website: https://aspiringallies.co.uk/quiz/
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
To find out about the range of opportunities within the Ambulance Service (it’s not just paramedics!), visit the Yorkshire Ambulance Service website. They also offer apprenticeships to people over 21 and have more details on their website too.
Allied Health VR Experience
Health Education England has created VR tours for some Allied Health Professions. Although the experience is best with a VR headset, it can be accessed using a laptop, computer or tablet. To access the tours, please click here.
Information for medical students
If you wish to observe a specific department during a university holiday, please contact the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) directly, details can be found on their website: https://www.hyms.ac.uk/contact
Information for schools
It is crucial that we keep young people who are interested in a career in the NHS motivated and inspired. We are working on different ways to provide an insight into different careers within the NHS, both clinical and non-clinical. The Trust employs over 10,000 people in over 350 roles.
There are a range of classroom resources available on Step into the NHS, and we have produced a series of careers videos suitable for Year 7 and above. Nothing beats getting someone in to give their experiences of their job first hand; if you would like a clinician to attend an event or give a talk at your school, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are keen to make links with all educational institutions (primary, secondary, sixth form/college and universities) and have a range of opportunities which link into the Gatsby Benchmarks. If you are interested linking up with the Trust for careers education, curriculum links or anything else, please contact Ellie Dove at email@example.com
Previous involvement has included:
Attending careers fairs
Delivering employment talks on application and interview skills
Broadening horizons talks to highlight the range of jobs in the NHS
Question and answer sessions with clinicians
Curriculum links (for example between science departments and our Lab Services)
There is more to the NHS that being a doctor or nurse - there are both clinical and non-clinical roles. Non-clinical staff are all the staff that keep the organisation running smoothly and maintain hospital safety. In the UK, there are over 500,000 non-clinical staff. For more information on the wide range of jobs available, visit the NHS Health Careers website.
Non-clinical roles include:
facilities and site staff: catering, cleaning, building maintenance, environmental services, security and reception
administration: secretary, clerk, health records staff, typists, personal assistants, switch board operators, administrators
education and library staff
corporate services: arts management, chaplaincy, communications and public relations
finance staff - accounts, procurement, payroll and financial analysts
Work experience placements are available for up to two weeks.