Work Experience




Our aim as a Trust:

Is to provide local specialist and hospital centred health care, to meet the needs of all people in North Derbyshire and to provide our staff with good career and educational opportunities, in a pleasant and rewarding environment.


We expect our staff: 

To act with integrity and to respect the dignity of patients, and to give all our staff the opportunity to reach their individual potential while they are working for the Trust.


How do I apply for work experience


Individuals who apply for work experience at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust must demonstrate an interest in working in the NHS as placements are limited.


Where applicable individuals must be studying for the qualifications that will be required for them to enter their potential career.  Individuals should understand that clinical placements are for observation only and practical tasks will not be allowed.  All students must be sixteen years or above for a clinical placement.

Their are 7 categories of work experience.

We will do our upmost to provide a requested work experience placement. However, we cannot guarantee as places are limited.  To avoid disappointment applicants are advised to apply at least 3 months in advance of your placement request.

Category One:  Open days and Shadowing

An open day or shadowing opportunity specifically for individuals applying for a University course for a particular health care professional qualification.

Category Two:  Medical work experience

‘Medical work experience’ is a 1 week programme, delivered one per year in July, providing a comprehensive insight into the role of a doctor and is designed for individuals who have applied, intend to apply or will be applying for a place at medical school.

Category Three: World of Work

‘World of Work’ is a 1 or 2 week programme, for pre 16 year old students or the long term unemployed to experience insight into non-clinical work experience. The programme will focus on communication, team working and the NHS as an employer.

Category four: Unpaid Internship

To support individuals who are on, or have completed, college/university courses to gain work experience for up to 6 months to support their theoretical learning and for unemployed graduates looking to gain experience to help secure employment.

Category five: Cadetships

Commencing between Feb and July. To provide 6 – 12 months HCA/healthcare support worker work experience 1 day per week. Applicants must be a 2nd year student of BTEC Diploma in Health & Social Care or similar and be aiming to apply for pre-registration healthcare programmes.

Category six: Princes Trust

To provide a 4 - 6 week programme of work experience, in partnership with the Princes Trust Charity, to help young people develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training. To apply contact the Princes Trust at

Category seven: Apprenticeships

A 12 month – 3 year training contract linked to an accredited apprenticeship framework. To apply see NHS jobs for vacancies at


We do not offer placements in Accident & Emergency, Intensive Therapy Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Special Care Baby Unit, Central Delivery Suite, and Theatres due to the vulnerability of patients in these areas.


Medical Work experience Group July 2019 with coordinator Michelle Day.

What sort of things will I be doing?


You will be expected to provide learning outcomes to the placement area where a plan to meet these will be agreed.


Observation and Shadowing will make up a large percentage of the placement.


What should I wear?


You must dress cleanly and smartly for the duration of your placement.  No jeans or trainers will be worn at anytime and you must visibly display the Trust Personal Identification Badge.  Students in clinical areas will be provided with a tabard/tunics to wear at all times.  Hair that is shoulder length or longer must be tied back and no jewellery is allowed other than a watch and one pair of stud earrings.


How to apply


Contact us on 01246 512863 for further information and then download the application pack and policy attached to the button below. 

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Alternatively return the application form to Centre for Practice Learning, Education Centre, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Calow, Chesterfield, S44 5BL.


Please note that this application must be received at least six weeks prior to the date the placement is required.



Midwifery applications are open for 2020 placement.

15/10/19: Medical work Experience.

Medical work experience requests are open for July 2020 applications.

You must be post 16 with minimum of grade 9 - 6 (A* - B) in Science.

Grade of 9- 5 (A* - C) in Maths and English. 

1/10/19: All non clinical placements are open for applications for placements in Summer 2020. 

Michelle Day

Email pack to:

Practice Learning Support Coordinator

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