Work experience placements at our Trust are wide-ranging, from clinical placement either in the community or inpatient facilities to corporate placements in areas such as Human Resources, Finance and Facilities and Estates. It is a fantastic way to gain insight into a particular career.

Work experience placements are offered in a variety of flexible ways; one week block placements, variable days for a set period of weeks (up to five working days) or even specialist programmes. Work experience can help you choose the right career for you.

Our Trust is always looking to the future to develop and grow, and ensure we have a workforce with the right skills and values, knowledge and diversity.

 

Work Experience Restrictions due to COVID-19

Our work experience programme is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19 and the social-distancing measures in place. Please check back periodically for updates.

We understand work experience is very important for your career development. 

MPFT is working with the Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent ICS to develop a Virtual Work Experience Platform.  Please look out for details of modules available to take part on.

We are offering virtual work experience phone or video calls:

Virtual Work Experience Offers
Area or Service Offer
Pharmacy Phone or online
Infection Control Phone or online
School Nursing and Health Visiting Online
Community Mental Health Phone or online
Podiatry Online
Physiotherapy Phone
Health Informatics (IT Support) Phone or online
Children and Families Care Group (Administration) Phone
Communications Project work

For further details, please email workexperience@mpft.nhs.uk

What can you gain from work experience at MPFT?

  • An understanding of the variety of different careers available within our Trust
  • Help in making your decision about a future career
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of communication and cooperation within the workplace
  • Experience of multidisciplinary teamwork and an understanding of its place in working in partnership with service-users

We support equality and diversity

Work experience opportunities at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are available to all sectors of the community. We welcome applications from any background however we do ask for Occupational Health information in order to ensure that we are able to facilitate a suitable work experience placement.

 

How to Apply

Work experience is a vital part of a career journey. Our programme enables young people and adults interested in a career in the NHS to be more aware of the huge range of opportunities in clinical and non-clinical areas within the NHS and our Trust.

Details of the various placement opportunities we offer can be found within our application form below. Once you have completed the application form, please return it to workexperience@mpft.nhs.uk

Please read the guidance on the first page carefully, if you have any questions, please let us know.

 

FAQs

Work experience placements at our Trust are wide-ranging, from clinical placements either in the community or inpatient facilities to corporate placements in areas such as Human Resources, Finance and Facilities and Estates. Work experience placements are offered in a variety of flexible ways; one to two week block placements, variable days for a set number of weeks or even specialist programmes.

A DBS check is not essential when undertaking a placement at MPFT. However managers may request a copy depending on the area(s) in which you wish to gain experience. This will be actioned accordingly. We would suggest a recommendation or reference from the Form Tutor or Head of Year as a better method.

Our generic working hours for a work placement are set at 09:30 - 16:30, however we are able to work flexibly around your availability to ensure you receive the perfect experience. Placements are offered on weekdays only - weekend work is arranged under our voluntary work scheme.

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust offers work experience opportunities to students aged 14+. Corporate/admin placements are offered to students aged 14-16 and clinical placements for students aged 16+. If you would like more details please see our age restrictions document.

If undertaking a clinical placement, we ask for appropriate modest wear, i.e. smart T-shirt, smart trousers and sensible footwear. No see-through clothing, no obvious logos or writing and no loose jewellery. If undertaking a corporate placement, we ask for appropriate corporate wear, i.e. smart shirt/blouse, smart trousers/knee-length skirt and sensible footwear. When confirming your placement at MPFT, you will receive a confirmation letter which will include details regarding dress code.

If you are unable to attend because of sickness, you should inform your supervisor or the placement organisor as soon as possible and keep us informed as to the likely date of return. We may ask you for a reason (for your well-being and our auditing purposes) but this will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

We have an on-site cafe/restaurant at our main facilities. Most of our facilities are within easy reach of shops/town. Due to the vast amount of students that we accept for work experience within our organisation, we are unable to fund students for food and travel.

Yes. We ensure students receive feedback (supervisors report) when completing their placement at MPFT. We also ask students to complete an evaluation form for our records. Once receiving students' completed evaluation forms, we will send out a signed certificate via post.

If you would like to ask a question regarding our work experience programme, please email workexperience@mpft.nhs.uk