Work experience

Two women talk through paperwork at a deskDorset HealthCare provides exciting work experience opportunities in a variety of clinical and non-clinical roles.

Some work experience placements offer a hands-on experience in a supervised environment, while others provide insights and opportunities to observe experienced staff as they carry out their work.

Work experience is a great way to find out more about a particular career or area of work, and placements can open the door to a career in healthcare – either by helping students to choose the right study path, or supporting future job applications.

Work experience can vary from ‘tasters’ which last just half a day, through to programmes that last a week.

Who can apply for work experience?

We welcome applications for work experience from all members of the community over 14 years of age.

Please note that, due to the nature of the services Dorset HealthCare provides, further age restrictions apply in certain areas. You can learn more about these in our Work Experience FAQ.

If we cannot place a work experience applicant in their requested area, we will aim to accommodate them elsewhere within our services wherever possible.

How to apply for work experience

In order to help us manage applications and offer people the right placements, applications for work experience can only be made during the application window, which will run from 1 October – 31 January annually. Please do not apply outside of these dates or contact sites directly, as all placements must go through the Learning & Development process.

An application for work experience can be made using our Work Experience Registration form – please revisit this section of our website during the application window to access the form online.

Work experience applications are processed on a 'first come first served' basis, until we reach our maximum number of placements. Once this happens we will put a notice up on the website.

If you are successful, a Work Experience Coordinator will be in touch and will try to arrange a suitable placement for you.

For more information take a look at our Work Experience FAQ or email

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