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Apprenticeships and Work Experience

Apprenticeships

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.

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.

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

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

  • A 5 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
  • 2 day Physiotherapy work experience for those interested in the field, and ideally studying sports science or a similar qualification

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

The Trust considers all applications for work experience. Due to the high demand for placements, we have to give priority to applicants who either live or attend an educational institute in the Milton Keynes area.

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

Interested?  please send us your CV (must include your d.o.b) and a letter on headed paper from your school confirming that you intend to study medicine. Send these to [email protected]

In the school holidays we offer a 5 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 witihn the local area will receive information nearer to the time of the programme. Please liaise with your careers advisor for the details.

Physiotherapy work experience 

As well as our 5 day clinical work experience placement, Physiotherapy can now also offer a placement. This is a two day placement (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) 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.

No application will be considered without all of the above documentation. Please send to completed applications to [email protected], or to the address shown on the application form. Students are also required to provide the following evidence :

  • Official documentary evidence of all childhood vaccinations is required
  • Character reference from a tutor , on headed school paper.
  • Personal statement as to why you should be given the opportunity for work experience
  • Copy of Photo ID
  • DBS dated within 2 months (if over 18)

Work Experience Application Form
Pre-Placement Questionnaire
Next of Kin Form

A placement cannot commence without all the required documentation.

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.

What have we done in the last year?

  • facilitated 36 placement opportunities for aspiring Nurses
  • supported opportunities for many individual students in a range of work experience opportunities in the hospital including Cardiology and Catering
  • supported 45 aspiring doctors with a two day work experience placements within our Accident and Emergency department
  • created a bespoke outreach programme for secondary schools
  • supported many career events in our local area which have been aimed at giving students an insight into all the various careers within the NHS
  • supported various ‘Career workouts’ in our local schools and have an on- going commitment to support these events on at least 30 occasions this year
  • worked with the CNWL Trust in providing NHS After School Career Talks

During the last year we have supported over 140 students to complete work experience opportunities within the hospital.

Our work experience programme has also been audited and has achieved a Quality Award, Bronze Standard, in recognition of the quality of our work experience.

Interested? Contact us on 01908 995081 or 01908 995109. You can also contact us via email at workexpe[email protected].

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