Work Experience

Work experience, for 14-year-olds and above, takes place in a variety of departments and is a fantastic way to gain insight into a particular career. It can also be a valuable way of getting some confidence and experience of caring for people. Participating on work experience can help you to explore possible future careers.

While there are many clinical or frontline roles which involve delivering care to patients and families there are also a large number of staff who work in other types of jobs such as scientists, accountants and media specialists. Work experience can help you to see first-hand what is involved in these roles and whether it is right for you. 

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 below work experience information to ensure that the placements we offer at this Hospital would meet your requirements.

Please kindly note that we can only offer placements in certain departments which we have listed below. If the department you are looking for is not listed it is because the department does not offer work experience placements.

For elective nursing placements, please visit here.

"Being immersed in such a great environment and working alongside professionals of BCH has solidified my desire to begin my career path towards science. It also allowed me to gain confidence and aspire, in being able to interact with patients on a professional level. I felt honoured to be a part of this experience“ Sadia Munsif

We currently offer the following placements

Health in Mind

This placement takes place at Birmingham Children's Hospital

What is it?

The Health in Mind Team is a vibrant and well respected team of Clinical & Health Psychologists, Learning Disability Liaison Nurses and a Liaison Psychiatrist, with highly valued support from Assistant Psychologists (employed and honorary), Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Student Nurses

​What would I be doing?

  • Observe appointments with  children, young people and their parents/carers when psychological/mental health/learning difficulties impact on their physical health condition or its treatment, or vice versa
  • Observe routine screening, assessment and support in targeted pathways to inform decision making (e.g. Organs transplant - Liver, kidney, Small bowel), early support with new diagnosis (e.g. Cleft and diabetes service), early screening (e.g. Burns Service, Stem Cell Transplants), multi-disciplinary clinics (e.g. Rare Diabetes Clinics, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinics) to name a few
  • Observe neuro-psychological assessment to help inform surgical decision making (e.g. Epilepsy Surgery), screen for difficulties following challenging treatments (e.g. radiotherapy, proton beam therapy of head) or injury (e.g. Acquired Brain Injury) and contributing to a number of clinical trials (e.g. Inherited Metabolic Disorders)
  • Observe ward based sessions where emotional difficulties are contributing to patient care
  • Observe contributions to attached specialist MDT meetings
  • Observe the role of other professionals (i.e. hospital play specialist, Doctors).

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be 17 years plus
  • Must have an interest in pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology or Health Psychology
  • Duration 1 week
  • Limited number of placements available during peak holiday periods
  • No placements in May and October.

​To apply

Please complete a form at

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FVTZ7LK

Once we have your form if it is approved  you will be sent an additional form to complete following which you will be sent a placement confirmation letter confirming your placement.

Please note

  • If you do not hear back within 14 days this will have meant that your application has been rejected.
  • Due to the volume of applications, we may be unable to give feedback or confirm if we have receive your application
  • Completion of the form does not guarantee or confirm your placement as your application will need to be reviewed to ensure safety and suitability of the placement

KIDS & NTS

KIDS department transferring a patient

What do KIDS NTS do?

Kids Intensive Care and Decision Support & Neonatal Transfer Service  provide a 24 hour referral, coordination, advice and transport service for critically ill neonates and children in the West Midlands and beyond.

The team is made up of medics, nurse practitioners, nurses, ambulance staff and administrative support.

What to expect?

Not two days in KIDS & NTS is the same… your day could involve

  • Transferring a sick patient from a local hospital, this may involve stabilisation

  • Taking a baby to a hospital closer to  their home

  • Bringing a child into a more appropriate hospital that can provide the level of care they need

  • Taking part in a state of the art call conferencing operations system

  • Utilising training opportunities

Can I apply?

If you are a:

  • Qualified nurse

  • Doctor

  • Medical student

  • Student

  • Ambulance staff

How to apply

Please register your interest by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QGMTGDP  

If you are none of the above please email bch-tr.observers-kidnts@nhs.net or alternatively nisha.hasan@nhs.net for more information on whether you can spend the day with the team.

What next?

Once your application has been processed and reviewed , you will be asked for your immunisation history. The team will then look at the dates you’ve specified in your application and confirm if they are available.

Midwifery and Obstetrics

Midwife at Birmingham Women's Hospital

This placement takes place at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

What is it?

Midwives care for women throughout their pregnancy, birth and for a period of time afterwards both in the community and in hospital. They are the lead carer for women who have no complications. There are many aspects to the role of a midwife and a variety of specialisms within the hospital such as ultrasound scanning.

If you are interested in Midwifery as a career,we are able to offer you the opportunity to work with the midwives on delivery suite, the birth centre, ward areas and day assessment unit where you will be able to experience the wider work of midwives.

Obstetricians are doctors who have specialised in caring for women in pregnancy, birth and post birth. They are the lead carers for women who have existing medical conditions or who develop complications during pregnancy.

If you are interested in a career in medicine and obstetrics we can offer you the opportunity to work with the doctors involved in most aspects of care across the hospital.

Eligibility criteria

Due to the sensitive and intimate nature of the work we are unable to accept applications from anyone under the age of 16 years or those who may feel they would be unable to cope in a busy, clinical environment.

To apply

Please complete a form at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MTMW67B

You can use this form to confirm your interest and select the dates you wish to apply for.

Once we have your form if it is approved and the date you have selected available you will be sent an additional form to complete.

Please note

  • If you do not hear back within 28 days this will have meant that your application has been rejected.
  • Due to the volume of applications, we may be unable to give feedback or confirm if we have receive your application
  • Completion of the form does not guarantee or confirm your placement as your application will need to be reviewed to ensure safety and suitability of the placement

Radiology

This placement takes place at Birmingham Children's Hospital

What is it

Radiography is one of the most important tools in modern medicine. The use of X-rays, imaging and ultrasound enable diagnosis and assessment that would otherwise be impossible. High-energy radiation also provides life-saving treatment in cancers and tissue disease. Radiographers have the technical expertise and understanding to use these advancing technologies to best effect.

​We provide an extensive range of Diagnostic Radiology services at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, performing in excess of 69,631 examinations each year.

​Eligibility criteria

  • Have a genuine interest in Radiology
  • If you are not interested in this career please do not apply as you will be blocking placements for students who require these placements for their University application as without which they will be unable to get onto their chosen course.
  • You must be 17 and above to apply
  • You must have applied to study at University for the Radiology degree
  • Be able to provide your immunisation history

​To apply

Please complete an application form at the following link -https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Radiology_2019

Please note

  • If you do not hear back within 14 days this will have meant that your application has been rejected.
  • Due to the volume of applications, we may be unable to give feedback or confirm if we have receive your application
  • Completion of the form does not guarantee or confirm your placement as your application will need to be reviewed to ensure safety and suitability of the placement.

Other departments

There are many different roles within our hospital however it is not possible however to offer work experience in all of these departments for a variety of reasons. While we have listed in this section, the opportunities offered through the Aspire@BWC programme, individual departments and staff themselves might decide to offer their own work experience opportunities directly to students or schools. For these placements, departments will have their own recruitment process, which unless listed here on this page are not available to the public.

As you can imagine the hospital receives many telephone queries and we would advise checking this section first for your placement area. If you cannot find any information about work experience opportunities from a specific department here it is likely that they do not offer work experience and we would kindly ask you refrain from calling departments, as they will be unable to assist further.

FAQs

What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for work experience here, you must be a minimum of 14 years old on the date of your placement. However some departments have a higher age of 16. Students older than 25 will be considered but priority will be on given to younger students

​I need to complete a year-long work experience as part of a course e.g. Health and Social Care, can I apply?

We do not support work experience as part of a college or university course nor do we currently offer any volunteer programme via the Aspire service.

​What should I wear for my work experience placement?

Clothing should be smart and modest. – No bare midriff for example or jeans and trainers. Multiple tattoos and piercings should not be on display. Religious clothing may be worn as long as it complies with infection control policies. Clothes should be changed daily to avoid risk of cross infection

​Can I contact a department directly?

We do not share details of departments or staff. If a placement is not listed on this website, it is unlikely that you can apply for a work experience placements. However if you know a friend or relative who works at the Hospital that may be willing to support you on placement you can contact them however we will not provide any contact information related to individual staff members.

​Is there a limit on the length of placement?

Placements are limited to a maximum of 2 weeks only.

​​Can I apply for work experience if I am not based in the UK?

Work experience placements are only available to those living in the UK. Priority is given to students living in the West Midlands area.

​If I am unsuccessful, can I apply again next time?

Yes, but you might want to revise your application to make you stand out more. If you would like some help with improving your application, you can get some great tips here.

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Email: bwc.aspire@nhs.net

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