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Work Experience

We are pleased to have been able to welcome back placements across both sites since April 2022. We are only operating a limited pilot scheme at present. Placements can range across different clinical and non-clinical areas. A few important notes, if you are considering applying for work experience with us:

  • Work experience placements are only offered to students who are/will be a minimum of 16 years of age by the time of placement.
  • All onsite work experience placements at Luton and Dunstable Hospital and Bedford Hospital are coordinated through a centralised process / Team. Please do not approach hospital staff individually regarding placements as they will not be able to offer placements.
  • We receive lots of enquiries for work placement opportunities, while we want to support as many placements as possible, sometimes we are unable to accommodate a placement as there is not space in the area or the applicant has not allowed enough time to process all the necessary checks and clearance needed. We need a minimum of 6 weeks before placement date, to get through the full application process and plan in your placement.
  • Please be aware that there is a waiting list and forms need to be completed and returned within time frames requested. Failure to complete and return forms requested, will resulting placements not proceeding.

If you would like to apply for work experience or find out more, please email:

Feedback from some of our recent placements:

“Thank you so much for organizing my placement week. I was able to both learn and see so many new things and confirm that medicine is something I want to pursue. Thank you for your help and support”.

“Thank you for your help in both planning the placement and supporting me throughout the week”.

“This placement has made me more certain that medicine is the career pathway for me. A great structured work placement which has been very insightful”.

“I’m really grateful for the staff and everyone who guided me through my placement. The therapies team gave me a variety of information for the future and were extremely helpful”.

“Enjoyed the variety of activities as it showed the full spectrum of the work that happens in obstetrics and gynaecology”.

“Before I came here to do my placement, I wanted to do medicine, but after that I am determined to study it”.

“Before I would not have considered oncology, but after this placement, I will consider going down the path of oncology”.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the programme. It has been insightful and exciting and really gave me a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a Doctor in the NHS. It has confirmed and encourages me to pursue my passion”.

In addition to onsite work experience, we also have excellent schemes in place to support young people interested in hospital careers:

Other programmes you may be interested in:

We hope that you find these helpful: