Apprenticeships, Work Experience & Careers at MKUH


Milton Keynes University Hospital play an active role in recruiting and supporting apprenticeships across the Trust. Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain an industry recognised qualification alongside your normal job role and you are able to benefit from gathering an insight into your next potential career.

If you are looking for an apprenticeship opportunity within the NHS, please see the NHS Jobs site here. Alternatively, if you are a member of staff, please contact the Learning and Development team.

Community Outreach

The Apprenticeship Team work with local community organisations to raise awareness of NHS careers and employment opportunities at MKUH. We collaborate with various organisations such as the MK YMCA, Princes Trust and most local secondary schools. We can deliver bespoke careers sessions and content that suits the needs of your service users or students. If you are a community organisation that would like to find out more, please email [email protected] if you would like to discuss this further.

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For information on careers at MKUH and in the NHS, please click here.

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A Career in Therapies

work Experience

work experience

Work experience opportunities are open to students aged 16-18 years old, who attend a local secondary school, or live within Milton Keynes. Due to high levels of demand, students can only be considered for one placement at the Trust.

If you are over 18 years old, we cannot currently offer work experience. Alternatively, you could consider volunteering.

Application Process

Please email [email protected] to request an application pack stating which work experience programme you would like to be considered for. To note, there will also be supporting documentation that you will be responsible for collating and no placement will be considered if an incomplete application is submitted.


Here at Milton Keynes University Hospital we have three structured programmes of work experience:

  • A 4 day Clinical experience for 16-18 year olds
  • 2 day A&E work experience for those that can demonstrate they are eligible to apply for medical school
  • A 3 day Physiotherapy work experience for those interested in the field, and ideally studying sports science or a similar qualification
  • A 1 day Imaging work experience for those interested in Imaging, Medicine or those who have a general interest in healthcare.

There are also a number of ad-hoc work experience opportunities, subject to availability in an area of interest.

Twice per year, we offer a 4 day Clinical Work Experience placement. We can only accept applications from students aged 16-18 years old. As there is high demand for these placements, we shortlist applicants based on their personal statements and if they meet eligibility criteria.

All schools within the local area will receive information nearer to the time of the programme. Please liaise with your careers advisor for the details.

A&E work experience is a two day work shadow placement in the Emergency Department.  Placements take place during school holidays throughout the year.  To apply you must be:

  • Aged 17 years
  • Planning a career in medicine
  • Live in Milton Keynes
  • Attend school locally

Physiotherapy work experience is a three day placement (Tuesdays to Thursday) for those who are studying sports science or similar qualifications. This is open to anyone over 16, however if you are over 18 you must supply us with a DBS at your own expense.

Imaging work experience is a one day placement for those who are interested in the imaging field, medicine or just in general healthcare. This is open to anyone 17 or over, however if you are over 18 you must supply us with a DBS at your own expense.

Restricted Areas

Due to the need to protect students from potentially upsetting situations, the need to safeguard patient confidentiality and Health & Safety concerns – the following areas do not offer work experience placements: Mortuary, Theatres, Department of Critical Care, Paediatrics, Children’s Services and any unit that requires a Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Please be mindful of this when specifying areas when applying.  All work experience applications must adhere to the correct process and have their attendance authorised by the Learning and Development Team. This is not only to protect the Trust and its patients but also the student that is coming into the Hospital.

Work experience is an important part of our widening participation within our local community. It is our aim is to help raise the aspirations of students and for them to gain an insight into all the careers within the NHS.

Last Modified: 3:46pm 04/02/2022