SASH Meet the Practitioner Careers Event 2023

5pm-8pm, Tuesday 21st November at East Surrey Hospital

If you are a student in Year 9 or above, you are invited to come along to the SASH Meet the Practitioner Careers Event.

A range of NHS professions will be represented, both clinical and non-clinical. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to industry experts to discover the different roles within the NHS.

Find out about career pathways including:

Administration, Dentistry, Education, Estates & Facilities (Plumbing & Electrical Maintenance), Human Resources, Library services, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Operating Department Practice, Pharmacy, Radiography, Research & Development, Therapies and more.

Plus gain information from our university partners as well as volunteering, apprenticeship, work experience and recruitment opportunities at SASH.

Registration to the event will open on Monday 23rd October at the following link:

Early registrations are encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Work experience 2023 is now closed

Please refer to this page in December 2023 for further information regarding the 2024 application process.

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Surrey and Sussex Healthcare is one of the only organisations to reopen for work experience placements since the pandemic. In 2023 we were delighted to be able to offer over 100 students a work experience placement across clinical, administrative and technical areas for 2023.

Due to unprecedent demand, the work experience application process for 2023 is now closed and all available placements have been filled. 

The Trust is committed to offering work experience opportunities where we aim to provide a taste of working life and an idea of what to expect from a chosen career. The application process shall reopen in January 2024. Please check back on this page for more details.

NHS Careers Untapped Upcoming Webinars

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Work experience at East Surrey Hospital

We offer work experience to shadow staff in a wide range of areas, both clinical and non-clinical. The departments who offer work experience vary per year, but can include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, estates and facilities and finance. Please note work experience placements are based at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.

The duration of the work experience placements offered through our service are normally structured around a one-week experience. Other departments feel it is sufficient to offer two days only. The placement duration is predetermined by the departments and is non-negotiable.

Please note when filling in your requested dates that work experience placements will take place between April and October inclusive.

All placements are unpaid and the Trust will not meet any costs of travel, subsistence, parking or accommodation.

Due to the demand for work experience we are not always able to accommodate all requests and cannot therefore guarantee a placement. If you haven’t received a response within six weeks of submitting your application, unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

We recognise the value of work experience for gaining insight into NHS careers and we look forward to receiving your application.

Restricted areas

Work experience will not be offered in the following areas, nor should you visit any of these areas if undertaking work experience in another department:

  • Maternity
  • GU medicine
  • Theatres
  • Mortuary
  • Paediatrics


Students must be a minimum of 16 years of age, however, there is no upper age limit and we are happy to provide opportunities to those considering a change in career. 

The trust has put in place the following age restrictions to ensure applicants are able to cope with the physical and emotional elements of the placement.

To support the promotion of careers in health and care, Health Education England (HEE) have funded an online work-related learning programme.  The programmes are free to students!  


Springpod are the host organisation and shall manage all applications.

The programmes will provide an overview of what careers in healthcare can offer, as well as develop key skills for the profession. There’s also the opportunity to hear from NHS professionals, learn about their day to day work and complete assignments.


Upon completion, participants are awarded a certificate, which can be useful for CVs, Personal Statements and interviews.


You will see there are two versions of each programme, one is for those aged 14-25 and the other is for over 25’s, please select the appropriate link for your age group:






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Medical Schools Council advice on work experience

Follow this link for guidance on work experience from the Medical Schools Council: Work experience | Medical Schools Council (

Studying Healthcare is a partnership between the Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Schools Councils to provide up-to-date and accurate information about the university application process for healthcare subjects. The site provides information on how to apply for a degree in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. The website has a particular focus on widening access by ensuring that students from all backgrounds are supported to make an informed choice to study healthcare at university. It also provides an outreach hub which enables students, parents and school staff to access events and resources delivered and developed by university health faculties across the UK. This website has been generously funded by Health Education England.

Click here to visit the Studying Healthcare website: Home - studying healthcare

The following websites are an amazing resource with many areas to explore such as a 'find your health career' quiz, roles in the NHS, career planning and working for the NHS:

Case studies from healthcare professionals