Examples of jobs you might do

The kind of things you can do and see on your work experience will depend on:

  • the consent of any patient concerned
  • the agreement of the member of staff responsible for the care of patients
  • the findings of the risk assessment

Below are some examples of typical work experience activities that you might be able to undertake on a work experience placement.

  • Assist with bed-making
  • Chat to patients
  • Help with menus
  • Observe dressings being changed with the patient’s consent
  • Observe a patient being discharged with the patient’s consent
  • Observe a staff handover
  • Attend a team meeting
  • Speak to the ward clerk and ask what the job involves
  • Help with answering the phone
  • Organise patients’ meal choices
  • Assist with the filing
  • Input data onto a computer under supervision
  • Discuss with the physiotherapist his or her particular role
  • Observe the physiotherapist treating a patient with the patient’s consent
  • Observe the physiotherapist discharging a patient with the patient’s consent
  • Observe filling of reports and planning ongoing treatment
  • See what equipment a physiotherapist uses and help keep it in order
  • Discuss the requirements of the job
  • Observe the process of preparation and serving of meals
  • Help with cleaning up
  • See safety procedures in action and ensure you always follow them
  • Liaise with nurses and doctors where appropriate
  • Attend a staff handover
  • Ask the pharmacist about his or her role
  • Help with stock checking
  • Help with filling of prescriptions under close supervision
  • Understand the strict rules governing medicines
  • Learn about the different uses of medicines
  • Read literature from pharmaceutical companies

You can also read other young people’s work experience stories. Perhaps after you have done your placement, you can tell us your story.