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Work Experience

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are presently unable to consider supporting Work Experience placements across the Trust. However if you are a Clinician interested in providing a clinical opportunity or alternatively interested in a placement once they resume, please contact Karen Bush [email protected] to register your interest

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital offers work experience opportunities for those people who would like to experience what it is really like to work in a hospital or for the National Health Service. A work experience placement is also a good way of getting experience in an area you might like to pursue as a career choice.

How do I apply for a work experience placement?
In order for you to take part in a work experience placement, you first need to think about what your career aspirations are and which department you would like to work in. The next step would be to read through the attached work experience policy to ensure that the placements we offer at this Trust would meet your requirements.

Once you have identified your chosen area, you then need to refer to the attached work experience placement directory to see if your chosen department runs work experience placements.

If they do, please make direct contact with your chosen department to discuss and potentially organise a placement.

***Please note – if your chosen department is not listed on the work experience placement directory, unfortunately this department does not offer work experience opportunities***

The Trust may not be able to accommodate every work experience request that is received. In addition, all placements are offered as observation placements only; no student will provide direct patient care.

What forms do I need to complete?
All the forms that need to be completed prior to your placement can be found in the work experience policy– the documents are also provided at the bottom of this page.

Once a department agrees to arrange a placement for you, you will be assigned a dedicated Work Experience Placement Manager who will talk you through the forms you need to complete. On completion of your placement, you will be given a certificate to confirm that you attended your placement.

How old do I have to be to do a work experience placement?
Due to the nature of the work we do, some departments at the hospital have an age restriction in place. Before you contact a department, therefore, please ensure that you are old enough to work in that area. The following restrictions are in place:

Age of Student Departments
14 – 16 Can work in administrative and clerical areas only.
16 +  Prospective medical students ages 16 and above, are able to undertake shadowing work experience placements.
17 + Can work in support services areas such as Domestics or Portering and in ward areas, working alongside a housekeeper or a ward clerk only; Imaging; Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy


Students under the age of 18 will not be permitted to undertake work experience in the Mortuary, Paediatrics or Maternity (this includes support services work experience such as Domestics or Portering in these areas).

Please see below for useful documents to download, relating to work experience at the L&D:
Work Experience Placement Directory
Work Experience Policy
Application for Work Experience
Occupational Health Forms
Work Experience Agreement