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Work Experience

East Cheshire NHS Trust aims to engage positively with all people expressing an interest in an NHS career. We aim to provide opportunities to develop a greater understanding of how the trust works and the range of careers available. Work experience placements are voluntary and have positive outcomes for the employer and the learner. The Trust has also recently improved its level of accreditation with the Fair Train Work Experience Quality Standard from Silver to Gold Level.

Key aims of the Work Experience Programme-this includes traineeships, returneeships and other types of work placements:

  • To actively promote NHS careers within the local community
  • To widen the access to work experience
  • To improve the recruitment and retention of staff
  • To reduce identified skill shortages
  • To meet the workforce requirements identified in the Workforce Strategy
  • To encourage disadvantaged people and those wanting a change of career to consider NHS as an employer of choice
  • To promote equality of opportunity for disabled persons
  • To provide quality work placements by central co-ordination, advising on good practice and ensuring all legislation and policies are adhered to

In order to provide a high quality experience, work placements will be limited to 5 per month and will be processed on a first come, first served basis. All requests must be received at least 8 weeks prior to the requested placement date.

For further information, please email the Vocational Learning & Development Team:

Future work experience and work placement opportunities will also be advertised here.

Work Experience Week

What is it?

The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe with over 1.3 million staff! East Cheshire NHS Trust is delighted to host a new Work Experience Week designed to offer an insight into a variety of different careers across the health and care sector. By taking advantage of this amazing opportunity you could become a part of the future workforce and help to provide the best quality care to the nation. With over 350 different careers on offer, there really is a place for everyone; no matter what your interests, skills or qualifications.

What’s involved?

You will take part in numerous activities within the Trust and will have the opportunity to meet a variety of people working in a range of roles. You will be able to have a go at honds-on clinical activities in a safe, simulated environment and can speak to people who work in a wide variety of different areas. The whole week will be interactive and informative in order to show that a role in the NHS is much more than a ‘normal’ desk job. There will also be the opportunity to develop and practice your presentation skills.

Who is it for?

We welcome applications from students aged 16 – 19 who have an interest in pursuing a career in health or care. The best candidates should be able to work effectively in a team and be able to listen to others and take their own opinions on board. You should be proactive in the way you consider work and you should perform all tasks to the best of your ability. You will be expected to be punctual and organised and commit to attending each session, which will run between 9am and 3pm each day (times may change slightly).

What next?

Please contact to request an application form. Applicants must be able to attend all five days. Applicants will be chosen on the quality of their application form, which will include how you demonstrate the trust’s values. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance and a short reference. For any further information, please contact the above email address.