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Did you know that more people in England work for the NHS than any other organisation?  This doesn't mean just 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.

Work Experience is crucial to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. At its broadest and best, work experience can open your eyes to jobs you may not have thought of, help inform your career decisions, offer you a chance to prove yourself to an employer and help you to understand the attitudes and beh​aviours expected at work.​

Why do we offer work experience placements at DCH?

1. To work with the local community and schools, providing an opportunity to engage, inspire and inform.

2. To develop our staff by offering a chance for them to build management and leadership skills.

3. To gain fresh insights into our organisation through someone else's eyes.

4. To increase staff engagement. Our colleagues get a genuine buzz from inspiring young people!

5. To open your eyes to jobs you may not have thought of within the NHS.

6. To give valuable experience to students looking to move into a career in the health sector.

Please kindly note that we only offer work experience in certain departments that we have listed below. If the department you are looking for is not listed, unfortunately that department does not offer any work experience at this time. To see the work experience we offer at Dorset County Hospital, please take a look at our directory of placements.

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Placements do not take place during August or December.

Please click here for the Work Experience Application Form. You must give 8 weeks notice for all applications to give departments sufficient time to plan.

All school students will require the support of their Head of Year or Careers Lead - it is important that their contact details are added to the application form. Students are encouraged to make their own arrangements following discussion with the Head of Year or Careers Lead at School or College and enter an area where a friend or relative does not work so that they can gain the most from the placement. This will ensure that they are independent and are able to grow in confidence.

For more information regarding how work experience is organised at DCH, please see the Work Experience Policy.

For more information regarding how work experience is organised in the NHS please see the Work Experience toolkit.​        ​

Further information about jobs in the NHS is available on the NHS Careers website

For queries please contact Julia Facer on Julia.Facer​ or call 01305 254686

Are you considering a career in medicine?

Are you thinking of becoming a doctor? Are you aged 16+? Our popular two-day introduction to medicine course is back from the 11th-12th July 2019. Please click here for more information on the course, and how to apply.

Are you considering a career in nursing?

Are you thinking of becoming a nurse? Are you aged 16+?  Then click here for more information about our introduction to nursing course.

Are you considering a career in midwifery?

In this area work experience on the ward is not available - however the alternative is for you to attend a 'Meet the Midwives Day'. Meet the Midwives is a day designed for people considering midwifery as a career.

The day consists of sessions discussing the role of the midwife, infant feeding, support for midwives, young mothers and baby loss.

Student midwives will be on hand to discuss personal statement writing and their experiences of the student/life balance. Bournemouth University is also on hand to give advice on the application and interview process. 

The cost of the day is £50 and includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance.

More information and booking forms are available by emailing: