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Work Experience

There are many different routes which enable people to start a career within the NHS. In NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde we aim to offer a variety of opportunities. Some will help individuals make career choices by providing an insight into the various roles within our organisation and others will support people to develop knowledge and skills that may assist them into future employment.

The range of placements currently supported by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde can be viewed here


***For information on NHSGGC medicine placements for school pupils please click here***



Please note that volunteering is not considered to be a work experience opportunity. We have a significant number of volunteers in a range of role supportive roles. The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde volunteer programme is for those who wish to contribute to the wider community by giving their skills, talents and time to support the NHS and we seek people with such motivation. Full details on the range of our volunteering opportunities can be found by clicking here. All volunteers are expected to participate in a recruitment/selection process; 2 character references are required, Disclosure clearance and Occupational Health screening.

Senior Phase Pupils

NHS GGC recognises the importance of helping young people to make an informed choice about the possible NHS careers and the pathways open to them. We are committed to supporting the transition from school into higher or further education, and employment, and offer placements to pupils in the senior phase of school to support this.

In order to access a placement within NHS GGC (even if you have identified a host department by yourself) pupils must complete the work placement application form.

Please check the Published list of programmes before submitting a request for us to source a placement for you. 

We will work to identify a placement for you within 8 weeks of receiving your request and will let you know as soon as we have identified a suitable placement, or if we are unable to accommodate your request. It is important to note that we aren’t always able to accommodate week long placements in some of our services and there are times when we have to limit the offer to a day or two. There may also be times when we cannot accommodate the exact dates requested.

If you have any enquiries in relation to your request please contact us at email: [email protected]

Thinking of studying Medicine?

Click here to read what the Medical Schools Council advise on the type of work experience needed to support your application to study Medicine.  You should also visit the entry requirement pages of the university you wish to apply to for detailed information about the application process.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde offers a Medical Work Experience programme. View the list of Published Programmes for detiails or Click here to receive updates for future Medicine programmes.

Medic Insight is a programme that offers week-long or day events to fourth and fifth-year school students in Scotland who are interested in becoming doctors. The programme allows the opportunity for these students to sit in on consultations, go to theatre and provide access to a wide range of specialities and levels of clinicians in a hospital setting.

Click here to visit the Medic Insight website.

.Adult Work Experience

Adult work experience placements can provide individuals with the opportunity to observe and sometimes participate, under supervision, in the workplace. At this time applicants are required to source placements by themselves i.e. we do not match applicants to host supervisors. A request for this type of placement should be made directly to the department of interest who will negotiate the content and length of the placement. Once the placement has been agreed with the applicant the host department will contact the Learning & Education team to confirm the arrangements.

Useful Links

Contact the Work Experience Team at [email protected] or 0141 278 2700 (option 3)

Details of NHSGGC job opportunities can be found at:

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