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Work experience at Frimley Health

Dear Student 
If you are considering a career within the NHS, we offer a range of opportunities including work experience and career taster days.

Work experience

Work experience is offered to participating schools and colleges within our local community.

These are pre-arranged weeks that are organised across the academic year and schools will be informed of the planned dates and given the relevant information which will need to be completed as part of an application process.

Work experience students will typically spend up to five days within the Trust.

Career taster day

Career taster days are available to anyone over the age of 14years old (age restrictions apply) wishing to experience a day in the life of .........

Requests for taster days should be made to the learning and development department by returning the application form and confidential health questionnaire which can be found on this page.

Shadowing consultants

If you are specifically looking to shadow a consultant or doctor for your work experience, you will need to identify a doctor via the Consultant Directory which can be found in the GP link on this page. You will then need to contact them requesting to arrange work experience.

Age restrictions

You need to be a minimum of 14 years old to carry out any work experience within Frimley Health.
If you are under the age of 18, you will require parent / teacher consent.

14-16 year olds = administration and non-clinical areas only
16 years old + = clinical areas with some restrictions

While every attempt is made to place you within the Trust, this may not be possible due to operational reasons.

Application form 
Health questionnaire 
(please complete and return these forms to kirsty.dean3@nhs.net)

Contact details:

Mona.almajdoubi@nhs.net 
N.morgan@nhs.net

Testimonies from previous students:

I spent a week doing work experience at Frimley Park Hospital last June/July after my GCSE exams. It was a very enriching week: I attended consultant clinics, accompanied teams on their ward rounds, spent time in A&E, shadowed a consultant, and spent time with the general surgery team. I was even able to watch a variety of operations in theatre. I have been interested in studying medicine for some years and working at Frimley Park brought the prospect of actually becoming a doctor to life for me. I would recommend the experience to anyone who is considering medicine as a career.’ 
ND, Royal Grammar School, Guildford

‘Whilst medical work experience is encouraged and is becoming evermore important in application to medical schools, it can quickly be forgotten about how valuable the time you spend there is and the vast quantities of information you learn which just cannot be taught in a classroom. Not just this, but the enjoyment and satisfaction that you will feel is quite incomparable to, in my opinion, the standard 'spend a week in an office'. Spending some time doing work experience with the vascular surgery unit at Frimley Park Hospital was exhilarating, packed with fantastic opportunities to fully indulge into the life of the hospital and the amazing work that the staff do there. I highly recommend FPH for work experience as it will be a memorable time to look back upon with you having learnt so much from it!’ 
HW, Collingwood College

‘My work experience of F7 was phenomenal. Every member of staff made me feel welcome and made sure I was comfortable. The consultants I worked with (Mr Keith Jones and Mr Patrick Chong) allowed me to carry out a range of different tasks by their sides, such as going on the morning ward round and observing complex procedures in the operating theatres. I would strongly advise any student considering a job in the healthcare profession to experience it for themselves – my placement only made me want the job more.’ 
SR, Farnborough Sixth Form College

‘I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been given a week of work experience at FHFT, which was both a great opportunity and eye opening experience. Not only did it reaffirm to me that I wanted to pursue medicine in university, but it was also a chance to watch and shadow some truly amazing and often underappreciated group of people whose sole job is to help others. My most vivid memory was watching three surgeons working together to stop the bleeding from a AAA rupture at 8:30 in the evening, a time when those in most other professions would be heading home to their families. The calm professional demeanor and selflessness exuded by them will always be an inspiration to me, exemplifying the qualities shared by all those who work in the health sector. Many thanks, you guys are awesome.’ 
LH, St Paul’s School