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Workplace shadowing and experience

We know that choosing a future career can be an exciting and sometimes overwhelming experience and it’s important that you explore all of your options before making a decision.

Whether you always knew you wanted to work in the NHS or you’re thinking about it for the first time now, workplace shadowing and work experience are a great way to learn more about the different careers available.

Our unpaid placements can last for up to one week and will give you a real insight into how our services operate day-to-day, the types of healthcare problems we diagnose and treat, and how we transform the lives of each and every one of our service users.

If you’re considering a future in healthcare, get in touch with our team to find out about our workplace shadowing and experience opportunities.

Email honorary.contracts@berkshire.nhs.uk 

Who can apply

Workplace shadowing and experience are available to anyone aged 16 or over and living in the European Union (or holding a suitable work permit that allows you to work in the UK).

If you’re aged 16-17, please make sure that your application is signed by both your parent or guardian and your tutor or careers officer.

There’s a lot of demand on our placements so - if you’re in higher education - we can only accept applications to shadow the service you’re becoming qualified in. 

Get in touch if you're interested in finding out more

Email honorary.contracts@berkshire.nhs.uk

We’ll let you know which opportunities we have available (not all of our services are suitable for shadowing or work experience) and put you directly in touch with one of our service leads.

Once you’ve agreed on a date for your placement, we’ll send over an application form and carry out a few pre-placement checks.

Read and sign our code of conduct (pdf)

Virtual Work Experience

Higher Education England (HEE) have created a series of virtual work experience opportunities in partnership with Springpod for young people in year 10-13 and who love in the South-East of England. Courses include:

These courses are on demand and can be scheduled around your studies.

Springpod also currently host a session on Psychology and is open to all students aged 13+.

Visit the Spingpod website to find out more (opens new browser tab)

Read more about psychology pathways on the Spingpod website (opens new browser tab)

Apprenticeships and volunteering

You can find more information about our apprenticeship and volunteer opportunities

Find out more about our apprenticeships and preceptorships

Find out more about volunteering with us