Work experience at the RNOH

Welcome to the web page for Work Experience and thank you for your interest in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust. Our work experience programme is an initiative for school students making decisions about future careers in the NHS and for further education options. Students must be at least 16 years old when they attend but in some areas, the minimum age requirements are 17 or 18.

Applications for placements in 2019 and the first quarter of 2020 can be made between the beginning of April and the beginning of May 2019 via this website, however, we reserve the right to shorten this period if demand outstrips the availability of placements. We only accept one application per person to allow us to accommodate as many students as possible. The placements will usually take place between May 2019 and March 2020 including half-term dates. However alternative dates may be possible by special arrangement. Please note that we only have a limited number of places available (in 2018 we were only able to take approximately 30% of applicants)

RNOH is a large organisation and Work Experience opportunities may be available in many different areas including:

  • Corporate – Including Human Resources, Finance, Planning, General Administration
  • Clinical – Pathology, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Anaesthetics, Spinal, Joint Reconstruction, Shoulders and Elbow, Urology
  • Non-Clinical – Medical Administration
  • Information Technology

We have welcomed students from a wide background and are pleased to share some feedback from our previous students:

The welcoming community atmosphere meant I felt at ease and engaged, and I was able to experience the workings of the hospital in several ways, from the pathology labs to the operating theatre to the morning meetings, ensuring each day was interesting and varied

It was a privilege working at Europe’s largest Orthopaedic hospital and I had definitely enjoyed every moment of it. As a work experience student, RNOH showed me the impact that surgical intervention had on an individual's quality of life from disability and dependence to health and well-being. It was for definite the most interesting experience I had and it really opened my eyes into the world of medicine.

Going to all of the surgeries and taking to all of the doctors and nurses.

If you would like to apply for a one week Work Experience Placement at the RNOH please complete the on-line application form.

Acknowledgements of your application will be sent out at the beginning of May. Please do not contact the consultants direct as we will only consider applications sent through this link.

University Medical Students/Medical Electives/Clinical Attachments and Medical Internships

If you are a University Student studying medicine or are interested in doing a medical elective/internship and/or a clinical attachment, there is an alternative process at the RNOH. Please directly contact a consultant in the medical speciality you wish to have an attachment with here: Consultant List. Once the placement has been agreed with the consultant, please let a member of the medical staffing team know the details by contacting: who will ensure the necessary paperwork is completed.

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