Prospective Students

Thinking of applying to medicine? Below are some suggestions of places that offer work experience and give you the opportunity to work with children.

Hospital-Based Work Experience

 Official CUH Work Experience Placements – not specifically Paediatrics

  • Medical Shadowing and other such programmes run at Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Further details can be found at: https://www.cuh.nhs.uk/work-experience/work-experience-programmes
  • Most of the programmes are designed for school students, but some may be amenable to accepting individuals who are considering medicine as graduates.
  • The person to contact is Anne Saucier, who is the HR Advisor responsible for work experience placements at Addenbrooke’s. Her details are:

Paediatric Work Experience – Observing at GOSH (a specialist children’s hospital in London)

  • If you are over the age of 18 and wish to observe within GOSH you will need to enquire with the department you wish to visit directly.
  • If the department are able to offer you a placement, you then need to email contracts@gosh.nhs.ukand request an application form with the details of your placement including the GOSH Line Manager who is offering the placement.
    • NB: there is a fee to process your contract and at least 6 weeks’ notice is required.

How else can I get Paediatric-specific Work Experience in a hospital?

  • Paediatricians are friendly and approachable. Ask if you could shadow one in your local hospital.
    • They may be able to act as a mentor and help you get an understanding of what it is like to train and work as a paediatrician.
    • Here is a list of the Children’s Clinics, Wards and Services at CUH: https://www.cuh.nhs.uk/childrens-services/childrens-clinics-and-wards
      • You could write to one of these if based in Cambridge!
    • Attend relevant conferences to get to know medical students and practitioners, as well as to hear more about important issues & updates in Paediatrics – e.g., the annual Cambridge University Paediatric Society conference!

Volunteering Opportunities

 Volunteering at CUH

Over the Wall

  • A free, therapeutic recreation camp for children and young people living with the challenges of serious illness and disability.
  • Need over 700 volunteers every year to help create the camp experience for these young people and their families.
  • Clinicians are on the team, so there is also the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, medical professionals.
  • Find out more about the charity: https://www.otw.org.uk/about/
  • Apply: https://www.otw.org.uk/apply-to-be-a-volunteer/

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