P_HR_20 Work Experience Policy
Work experience is an excellent opportunity to gain "real life" experience of working in the NHS (LCHS). Supervisors are expected to provide a structured work experience placement enabling individuals to gain valuable experience which will assist them in obtaining future paid employment whether in this organisation or with another employer.
Work experience will enable the organisation to attract school, college leavers and adults in the future by giving them a taste of what it would be like to work for the NHS. By offering work experience placements people can be made aware of the variety of different careers available in the NHS, and be attracted to this type of work. It is anticipated that in the future there will be a shortage of people to fill some vacancies and Work experience is part of a long term strategy to help manage this situation.
As far as possible placements should give the individual the opportunity to take an active part in work, however, it is understood that this will not be possible in some roles, for example, physiotherapy. In instances such as these it is acceptable for the student to observe, although this should be combined with the student doing administrative tasks or other things that they can take an active role in.
The Department of Education and Skills define work experience as "a placement on employer's premises in which a student carries out a particular task or duty, or a range of tasks or duties, more or less as would an employee, but with the emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience."