Work experience

Work experience

Work experience

As a Trust, offering work experience opportunities is integral to helping inspire people and support pathways into healthcare careers. This also supports the Trusts plans for becoming an Anchor Institution. We want to provide enriched, meaningful placements that can help broach experiences of various roles within healthcare settings and provide great insight into a day in a life for these professions. 

What is work experience?

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust supports local young people who are the age of 16-18 and are interested in pursuing and working for the NHS, by offering a five day work experience placement in either a clinical and non-clinical work environment. Work experience students will gain an invaluable experience whilst working with us and will find out more information on what it is like to work for the NHS, within a mental health setting, as well as learning more about the work environment, job duties and skills necessary for success. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work project whilst with us and complete a session in job application and CV writing, to support you with your future job search. 

Work experience supports the preparation for professional study and chosen future careers. It allows individuals on placements to gain insight into what the job is really like, understand the demands of the career and find out if it is suited to them. It gives the participants the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the values, attitudes and behaviours necessary to work in the NHS.

The Trusts primary aim is to support applicants from local schools who satisfy the widening participation criteria. This includes students of which meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Receive free schools meals  
  • Current secondary school student, with priority to those not attending a private school
  • Lives in one of the communities we serve and include Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon.
  • Students from lower income families  
  • Students from ethnic minorities  

We recognise that our workforce needs to reflect the diversity of the population it serves, so we are looking for team players of all genders and backgrounds who are driven to make a difference, who share our passion for people and who are committed to striving for the highest standards of patient care. We actively encourage and welcome applications from Black, Asian and other underrepresented ethnically and culturally diverse groups.

Our next work experience placement will be on the 20th-24th May 2024, before applying please do review the location to ensure that you are able to travel, the following work experience placements are available:

Supporting Learning and Development at SLAM Location Bethlem Hospital  Beckenham  BR3 3BX

This five-day placement is the ideal way to build on your knowledge and take a more in-depth look at the different areas within the learning and development teams at the Trust including Digital, Apprenticeships, Administration, Training and E-learning. This five-day placement is ideal for someone who is passionate about working in Administration and Healthcare.

A deeper dive into NHS communications and engagement Location Maudsley Hospital Denmark Hill SE5 8AZ

Are you considering a career in communications and community engagement but not sure what the role would entail? This five-day placement is the ideal way to build on your knowledge and take a more in-depth look at the different areas of communications and engagement to decide where you see yourself. This five-day placement is ideal for someone who is passionate about working a communications role and Healthcare.

Please do complete our internal application form here.

Upcoming placement dates

  • 8 - 12 April 2024
  • 20 - 24 May 2024
  • 15 - 19 July 2024 


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