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Work Experience

Working for the NHS can be very rewarding. More people in England work for the NHS than any other organisation. On the Isle of Wight, as in most places in the UK, the NHS is one of the largest local employers.

This doesn’t just mean we employ doctors and nurses: it means healthcare assistants, business managers, clerical staff, domestics, engineers… over 350 different careers, each with a vital role to play in delivering a first class health service.

If you would like more information about Isle of Wight NHS Careers or to get involved with one of our careers programmes please contact;



We have 5 different types of careers program, these are;

Education Based Work experience 

Pupils within education can contact their Guidance or Careers department about arranging a two day long work experience placement within the Trust. All contact must be made through your school/college/university and we will take into account a reference from the education provider upon application. Applications must be made a least 3 months prior to the proposed start date. 

All work experience pupils in a clinical placement must be at least 16 or over.

Elective Placement Requests

We are able to consider applications for Clinical placements Universities within the UK which lead to registration with the NMC and HCPC regulatory bodies. Please click here for more information.

To access work experience in any of these areas, please contact your school Guidance Centre or Careers Department. The placement must be arranged at least 3 month prior to commencement. 

All work experience pupils must be at least 16 or over. 

Careers in Healthcare Induction Programme (CHIPS)
The CHIPS programme offers students in year 10 and 11 and sixth form students the opportunity to find out about NHS careers first hand from staff working in the NHS. CHIPS is a two day course based at the hospital and any student wishing to go on this course should discuss this with their school guidance centre or careers department.

A Level Observation Courses
Sixth form students who wish to pursue a career in medicine can apply to a special two day observation course. This course aims to provide an insight into the duties of a junior doctor at a busy hospital and will include shadowing a Foundation Trainee in Medicine and General Surgery.

To access this course your school careers department / guidance centre will need to write to the Medical Education Department at St Mary’s Hospital expressing your interest in this course. Your name will then be placed on a waiting list. It is essential that you are studying for the relevant A levels to access this course.  

Question and Answer SessionsWe are able to organise question and answer sessions at your school or college, with representatives from a specific profession. This is an opportunity for you to speak to professionals about their careers and ask any questions you may have.

Potential Areas within the Hospital 

We recognise that our future depends upon attracting the brightest and best-suited to the wide range of careers on offer. We therefore offer work experience to increase awareness about how many different roles there are. These are some examples of the areas that can support a work experience programme:

  • Medical and Surgical Wards - Undertaking a placement on one of our wards will allow you to gain an understanding of the work undertaken on our wards and how each of the professions contribute to a patients care.
  • Maxillofacial
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pathology
  • Library
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Diagnostic Imaging


St Marys Hospital,
Parkhurst Road
Isle of Wight
PO30 5TG
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