Work Experience within the NHS offers an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into the wide range of Healthcare Professions. There are around 350 different careers in the NHS, so why not come and see what career you could achieve?

Where?

We offer work experience across our three hospitals: Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in Lancaster. We can also offer work experience at local GP surgeries across South Cumbria and North Lancashire.

What?

We offer two different work experience programmes.  Both of the programmes offer applicants the opportunity to meet NHS staff and ask questions about educational course choices and career pathways.  More information on these programmes is below:

UNDER 16s

In partnership with local schools, we run work experience weeks for 14-16 year olds to give them an introduction and overview of different jobs in Healthcare. We run this programme a few times a year and it is split between classroom based activities and doing some fun interactive workshops in the hospitals. These weeks aim to give participants an insight into the different careers in the NHS while also teaching practical skills and having lots of fun!

If you are currently aged 14-16 years old and you are interested in getting involved, then please ask your teacher or Careers Adviser to contact Vicky Lumley – Victoria.lumley@mbht.nhs.uk – 01524 519319

OVER 16s

Our work experience programme for people aged over 16 offers a 1 to 5 day placement in a department or healthcare setting that you are interested in. The placements are purely observational, designed to give you the opportunity to meet and shadow staff members of the NHS. Unfortunately, there are some areas in which it is not possible to accommodate work experience students, including Intensive Care, Maternity, Children’s Units, A&E and Theatres.  However, there are still lots of areas in which you can meet and observe our amazing staff!

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with then please contact Vicky Lumley – Victoria.lumley@mbht.nhs.uk – 01524 519319

We also run a number of events every year to showcase the wide range of careers on offer in the Health and Social Care sectors.

Find more information about our upcoming events on the News and Events page or on our Facebook page: Morecambe Bay NHS Careers Hub

Our Staff Stories

Freya - Under 16 work experience student

Thank you very much for allowing me to spend my work experience week at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary!  I really enjoyed it.  The array of jobs and departments on show in the workshops was so diverse – the wide range of people gave me such a good insight into the NHS and where my future could take me in terms of jobs.  It was a great thing to experience and will be very useful for me.

Emma - Healthcare Careers Weekend event attendee

The Careers Weekend completely opened my eyes to careers in the NHS!  This was an incredibly interesting, engaging and inspiring event.  I am privileged to have seen so much of the hidden yet essential areas in the Trust, and I have come to realise the integral and complex communications that must go on all the time.  To see the commitment and passion of workers was so encouraging and I cannot wait for the day when I am also (hopefully!) working alongside you all!  Please pass on my thanks to all those involved who took the time and effort to inspire us.  You all make such a positive difference!

Suzanne - mother of a student who attended a Healthcare Careers Weekend event

I think you have got three new recruits here that will be applying for jobs in the NHS in the future – my daughter, Sophie, and her two friends!  They have thoroughly enjoyed both days of this event!

Downloadable Resources

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Application for Work Experience

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Student Agreement

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Apprenticeships

Do you want to earn and learn at the same time? Get involved by applying for an apprenticeship in any of the organisations in Bay Health & Care Partners!

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Career Development & Pathways

There are over 350 different career possibilities within the NHS, from Photography and Accountancy, to working clinically in roles such as Phlebotomy and Elderly Care.

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Working for us gives you the opportunity to thrive. We offer fantastic opportunities to learn and grow, whether you’re just starting out or starting to specialise.

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