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Work experience

The work experience application process for 2017 is now closed as we have filled all our placements. We shall begin accepting applications for 2018 on 22nd January at which time the application form will be available on this site.

 

The Trust is committed to offering work experience opportunities to those who are interested
in a career in a healthcare setting.

We aim to provide a taste of working life to those with no previous work experience. We will
give you an idea of what to expect from a healthcare career which may help your decision to
pursue a specific career or field of study.

Students must be a minimum of 16 years of age, however there is no upper age limit and we
are happy to provide opportunities to those considering a change in career or returning to
work after a break.

Work experience is unpaid, with placements typically ranging from 2 days to one week. We
offer opportunities ranging from medical placements on wards and clinics, to administrative
placements in offices at the Trust headquarters.

What we expect from you

Whilst with the Trust we expect all students to share in and display our Trust
values:

Dignity & Respect: we value each person as an individual and will challenge disrespectful
and inappropriate behaviour
One Team: we work together and have a ‘can do’ approach to all that we do recognising
that we all add value with equal worth
Compassion: we respond with humanity and kindness and search for things we can do,
however small; we do not wait to be asked, because we care
Safety & Quality: we take responsibility for our actions, decisions and behaviours in
delivering safe, high quality care

We expect you to be committed to gaining the most from your experience and to complying
with all requests and instructions given to you.

You will be required to sign a confidentiality disclaimer when you commence your placement,
because during your placement with the Trust you may come into contact with information of
a confidential nature. We require you to maintain the confidentiality of such information
related to individual patients or staff members and not to discuss or disclose this during or
after your placement.

Standards of Behaviour

Our appearance and our manner affect how we are viewed by patients, visitors and our
colleagues. The standards of behaviour leaflet provides a clear and transparent expectations
of how we will behave at work.

We expect you to be committed to gaining the most from your experience, and to comply
with all requests and instructions given to you.

You will be required to sign a confidentiality disclaimer when you commence your placement,
because during your placement with the Trust you may come into contact with information of
a confidential nature. We require you to maintain the confidentiality of such information
related to individual patients or staff members and not to discuss or disclose this during or
after your placement.

We shall ask you to complete a brief evaluation after your placement to enable us to learn
from your experience and further develop our work experience programme.

What you can expect from us

You will be allocated a named contact who will guide you throughout your placement. You
will work alongside a team of people dedicated to offering you a taste of life within a
healthcare environment and to answering your questions.

Placements are largely observational due to the nature of the environment you will be in.
However the following is a list of common tasks which you may be able to participate in.
Tasks will vary depending on the area you are assigned to.

Shadowing a nurse / nursing assistant / healthcare professional

• Assisting with bed making
• Assist with menus, at meal times and refreshment distribution
• Talking to patients
• Learning to communicate with colleagues, patients and visitors
• Observing minor medical procedures
• Watch observation taking
• Observe drug round, completion of fluid chart, simple dressings and staff handover
• Attend team / multidisciplinary team meeting/s
• Attend ward round
• Observe the nurse discharging the patient
• Obtain results from computer under supervision

Ward Clerk
  • Talk to ward clerk and find out what the job involves
  • Answer the phone
  • Assist with filing
  • Input data on computer with the ward clerks supervision
Administration support
  • Filing
  • Photocopying, preparing document packs
  • Answer the phone
  • Meet and greet visitors
  • Take minutes at meetings
  • Prepare spread-sheets
  • Data inputting
  • Attend meetings
Radiology
  • Talk to the radiologist / radiographer and find out what the role involves
  • Introduction to the equipment used within the department
  • Observe the radiographer treating the patient
Physiotherapist
  • Talk to the physiotherapist and find out what the role involves
  • Observe the physiotherapist treating the patient
  • Observe clinics
Doctor / Consultant
  • Talk to the doctor and find out what the job entails
  • Observe clinics
  • Observe patient consultations
  • Discuss different medical specialities

Please note: Any activity involving a patient will only be undertaken with the consent of the
patient.

How to Apply

Please complete the work experience application form giving as much detail about your
aspirations as you can. For the benefit of the students, patients and staff, all prospective work experience students must be
declared fit by our occupational health team prior to a placement being arranged. A link to an occupational health declaration will be emailed to you once we receive your application form. All health declarations are submitted direct to our occupational health team and will be dealt with in strictest confidence.

Applications should be returned to:
Participation Advisor
Room AD43, Trust Headquarters
Canada Avenue
Redhill, RH1 5RH

If you have any queries regarding work experience with the Trust please contact
[email protected]
All data supplied on the application & health forms are managed and stored in accordance
with the Data Protection Act.

The application form will be available here from 22nd January 2018

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