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Work Experience

There are many different routes which enable people to start a career within the NHS.

In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde we offer a variety of opportunities. Some will help individuals make career choices by providing an insight into the various roles within our organisation. Others will support people to develop knowledge and skills that may assist them into future employment.

Please note that NHSGGC work placement and careers insight programmes are currently closed until further notice in order to allow services to prioritise patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back on these web pages or register for an email alert below.

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We have a significant number of volunteers, in a range of supportive roles, within NHSGGC. The volunteer programme is for those who wish to contribute to the wider community by giving their skills, talents and time to support the NHS. Full details on the range of volunteering opportunities can be found by here. 

Volunteering is not considered to be a work experience opportunity.

Senior Phase Pupils

At NHSGGC we recognise the importance of helping young people make an informed choice about possible NHS careers and the pathways open to them.

We are committed to supporting the transition from school into higher or further education, and employment, and offer placements to pupils in the senior phase of school to support this.

In order to access a placement within NHSGGC (even if you have identified a host department by yourself) pupils must complete the work placement application form. Please check the published list of programmes before submitting a request for us to source a placement for you. 

We will work to identify a placement for you within 8 weeks of receiving your request and will inform you as soon as a suitable placement has been identified. If we are unable to accommodate your request, we will let you know.

Unfortunately, we’re not always able to accommodate week long placements in some of our services and there are times when we have to limit the offer to a day or two. There may also be times when we cannot accommodate the exact dates requested.

If you an enquiries in relation to your request please contact us at email:

Thinking of studying Medicine?

The Medical Schools Council offers advice on the type of work experience needed to support your application to study Medicine. The entry requirement pages of the university you wish to apply to will have detailed information about the application process and requirements.

We have been unable to run our usual hospital based Get Ready for Medicine Programme as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes senior phase school pupils and those planning to apply via access programmes and post-graduate entry schemes. However, we have been working to come up with alternative support activity for individuals considering medical school applications.

Visit for current resources.

NHSGGC is a member of the Medicine Outreach Glasgow Widening Access Initiative (MOGWAI) and we have been working with Medic Insight Glasgow, Dundee Widening Access to Medicine Student Society and the charity You Can be a Doctor to host events ahead of the medical school application deadline.

Details of these events are outlined below.

Live online lectures – UCAT and Application Support

Open to anyone interested whether they have previously attended work experience or a formal medical school application advice event or not.

Meet the Medics 

Live event allowing small group discussions with current doctors and medical students from around Scotland to gain an insight into the career.

Open to anyone about to apply for medical school this October and who has not previously attended a work experience placement or a formal medical school application advice event (such as Get Ready for Medicine, Medic Insight or the REACH lecture week).

Registration for these events is now live.  Please visit the You Can Be A Doctor website to book.

We also work in partnership with Medic Insight Glasgow. The programme, run by medical students from the University of Glasgow, offers a broad range of support to senior phase school pupils who are interested in becoming doctors.

Adult Work Experience

Adult work experience placements provide individuals with the opportunity to observe and sometimes participate, under supervision, in the workplace.

At this time applicants are required to source placements by themselves i.e. we do not match applicants to host supervisors. A request for this type of placement should be made directly to the department of interest who will negotiate the content and length of the placement.

Once the placement has been agreed with the applicant the host department will contact the Learning and Education team to confirm the arrangements.

Contact the Work Experience Team

NHSGGC job opportunities

Current vacancies can be found here

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