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.


Hear and read about some of our work experience graduates

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