Work experience

In light of COVID-19 and limits on the number of external visitors in the Trust we will unfortunately not be offering any work experience placements for the next few months. We recognise the importance and value placements provide for learning and development. However we want to ensure that our students are fully supported and can return again when it is safe to do so.  We will review this again in the next few months.

Updated July 2022 

Online work related learning

The Trust has partnered with other Trusts in North West London to put together a virtual programme consisting of 10 hours of online work related learning in areas of Allied Health Professionals, Medicine and Nursing and Midwifery.

This programme is currently open to students in Years 11, 12 and 13 and is intended to provide students with further knowledge and an overview into NHS careers through a series of assignments, activities and live webinars. Students will have the opportunity to hear directly from professionals in their particular area and ask questions about their career and day to day activities.

On completion of the full programme, students will receive a certificate which can go towards medical school applications, CVs and personal statements.

Applications for the July 2022 programme have now closed. We will advise on any further programmes taking place.

What is work experience?

Work experience placements are offered across our two main sites at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital  and West Middlesex University Hospital. The placements provide a valuable opportunity for students to observe our staff in their working environment and to find out more information about different careers within the NHS. There are opportunities for students to gain a unique insight into how an acute trust operates. 

Work experience placements involve a short term commitment shadowing a doctor, clinician, nurse, allied healthcare professional or non-clinical teams, usually for 3–5 days during the week. Activities can include the opportunity to observe clinical care on the wards, view procedures, visit outpatient clinics and attend multidisciplinary meetings.

These placements are generally for applicants who wish to enhance their chances of gaining entry to a specific university or college course. We are not able to process medical or elective students and clinical attachments/observerships for doctors.

Why choose us?

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top ranked and top performing hospital trusts in the UK. We employ more than 6,000 staff over our two main hospital sites, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and across 12 community-based clinics within North West London.

Both hospitals have major A&E departments, treating over 300,000 patients each year.  The Trust is the second largest maternity service in England, delivering over 11,000 babies every year. Our specialist care includes the world-renowned burns service, which is the leading centre in London and the South East, we run Chelsea Children’s Hospital with paediatric inpatient and outpatient services, and our specialist HIV and award winning sexual health care services.

Entry criteria

For clinical placements, students must be the minimum age of 16 years old at the start of a clinical placement. We are unable to accept work experience students below the age of 16 as they are not covered by hospital insurance. Unfortunately not all departments are able to accept work experience placements and certain departments will have specific age criteria that applicants should meet. 

  • 16 years old—can attend medical departments, wards/clinics
  • 17+ years old—suitable to observe in adult theatres/surgery departments/Emergency Department (adult branch)
  • 18+ years old—suitable for paediatrics areas including paediatric theatres, obstetrics, gynaecology and maternity placements, Emergency Department (Paediatric branch) 

Applicants older than 18 years must provide basic DBS clearance.

Departments and areas where placements are not available:

  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry/Mental Health
  • Phlebotomy
  • Clinical Engineering
  • IT
  • Laboratories
  • Pathology

Due to the increased demand for placements, priority will be given to applicants who live in or attend an educational institution within the catchment areas of our two main hospital sites as provided below:

Chelsea and Westminster HospitalWest Middlesex University Hospital
Hammersmith and Fulham Ealing
Kensington and Chelsea Hounslow
Westminster  Richmond upon Thames

How to apply

Applicants should complete the form below providing their first two areas of interest. Whilst we will make every effort to match applicants to their preferred choice, we may offer an alternative where the preferred choices are not available. However please note it may not be possible to accommodate all requests as we receive a higher volume of requests particularly during the busier periods of Easter, summer and December holidays. 

Applications are currently closed and we will update when applications are open again.

For further information and resources, please see below.

For any queries, please email


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