Potential future workforce

Work Experience Placements

Firstly, we must say a massive THANK YOU to our colleagues who help to facilitate and accommodate work experience students; this is turn helps to inspire our potential future workforce!

We understand that you are all busy professionals, but the young people and adults who come in for work experience all value and appreciate your time, help, and support.

I had a fantastic day with the SLT dept. They were all so welcoming, informative and very helpful. It has given me a lot to think about. I really enjoyed seeing what SLT did on the stroke ward; it gave me a completely new perspective on what to expect, which was great. It was really interesting

I just wanted to say a big thank you for organising my work experience placement. I found it very valuable in widening my knowledge of the various roles undertaken by different healthcare professionals

I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed my ODP work experience. Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to experience life in theatres

What we offer

  • Year 10– A dedicated work experience programme specifically aimed at Year 10 students who would like to work in the Health and care Sector, but want to know more.

Hosted by RCHT, we offer a week of activities and visits which will give students the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a real life Health & Care environment as well as an opportunity to enhance your employability skills. Due to the difficulty in placing students under the age of 16 in clinical areas, these weeks will be predominantly based in a classroom setting with sessions facilitated by Health Professionals.

  • Post 16+ – For students that are 16 and over we are able to offer work experience in different areas of the hospital of up to a maximum of 5 days. Please note that places are not strictly restricted to students or young people. We welcome participants of all ages, including those considering a change of career and the long term-unemployed.

The criteria for work placements vary depending on the department and, although we will do our utmost to meet your needs, this might not always be possible. In the event of a major incident/outbreak it may be necessary to postpone/cancel placements sometimes at short notice.

  • Care Academy – An extended work experience placement for L3 Health and Social Care students attending Truro and Penwith College. The placements offer invaluable experience within an acute Healthcare setting with expert mentorship, along with the promise of graduating with an interview with our temporary staffing agency, Kernowflex.

CFT also offer Care Academy placements too.

We receive over 450 work experience applications yearly and these vary in age ranges. We receive year 10 work experience applications (14/15 year olds from secondary schools); A-level students looking to apply to University who need to gain work experience to aid their university applications or require work experience as part of their course; university students who need work experience as a requirement of their course; adults looking for a career change; and adults who are looking to get back in to work. On top of these applications, there’s the potential of having to provide placements for those studying T-levels, which are a new qualification being introduced >https://www.tlevels.gov.uk/?gclid=CPuI5Z2C7OUCFYHBGwodUroJpw  Therefore we appreciate the support of staff who are able to accommodate work experience placements for us.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL work experience applications or enquiries must come through ‘Get In’; it’s very important that we have a centralised approach to work experience placements to ensure that we know who is in the hospital, where, and when, and that they have received all of the required paperwork and an ID badge. Thank you for your support in this.

If your team or department currently do not so, but would like to support work experience placements, our year 10 work experience weeks, or events that we host, please get in contact rcht.getincornwall@nhs.net

Important information regarding work experience

  • Please familiarise yourself with our processes by looking at our >WEX process of application flow chart and >WEX ID and paperwork flowchart. Our >work experience SOP provides all of the information for staff regarding work experience.
  • ‘Get In’ provides an honorary agreement, confidentiality form, placement information sheet, a map, and an ID badge to work experience students.
  • We can provide Host Departments with a generic risk assessment form, which can be tailored to the individual department.
  • If a member of staff receives a work experience enquiry, it must be forwarded to ‘Get In’ or they can be directed to this website where they can complete >the online application form.
  • If, for some reason, a work experience application is being dealt by an individual department, they MUST ensure that the necessary paperwork has been completed AND copies forwarded to ‘Get In’.
  • Please consider the skills that the work experience student will gain whilst shadowing you on their work experience; how can you help to enhance the learner’s future employability?
  • Host Department identifies a member of staff to act as supervisor to the applicant and establishes a plan of activities for the placement. In addition to a supervisor, it is also useful to assign a mentor or peer “buddy”. With young work experience students, a “buddy” close in age, if possible, to help them feel at ease in an environment that is probably new and daunting to them.
  • Host department ensures receipt of signed Honorary Agreement and Confidentiality form prior to applicant starting the placement. Please also ensure the work experience student is given an induction when they arrive and that the department has a risk assessment in place for work experience students.
  • Applicant reports to the department. Sponsor gives a tour and local induction to the area, introduces the applicant to their allocated supervisor/buddy (if applicable) and ensures they are supervised at all times. At the end of the placement the supervisor and applicant should have a debriefing session.
  • Please remind the work experience student to complete their evaluation form and return, along with their ID badge, to the ‘Get In’ team in Learning and Development in the Knowledge Spa.
  • If a work experience student gets in contact with you after the placement has taken place, please ensure the ‘Get In’ team >getincornwall@nhs.net are copied into any further correspondence with the student.


Health Ambassadors

  • Would you like to help young people in your community to make an informed decision about their career choices? Do you have a small amount of time to volunteer as a Health Ambassador for your organisation to share your occupational expertise?Health Education England want to raise young people’s awareness and understanding of Health careers.  As part of a Widening Participation programme, the Health Ambassadors scheme encourages people working and/or studying in healthcare to volunteer to speak in schools about their roles, or participate in careers events and activities. Some of our Health Ambassadors are also ‘Proud to Care’ Ambassadors; an initiative set up between Cornwall Council and the NHS in order to promote and help build the work force in Health and Social Care.Further information is also available under the following pages:https://hee.nhs.uk/healthambassadors


Aims and Responsibilities

  • The aims and responsibilities of the Ambassadors are to:
    • Inspire, attract, and ensure the future healthcare workforce by getting young people interested in the different jobs, professions or sector which can help develop the talent pool and ensure a skilled workforce in the future, especially for the lesser known job roles. This links in with the Trust’s Long-Term plan with regards to recruitment and retaining staff.
    • Ensure the future healthcare workforce is representative of the communities it seeks to serve; by engaging with schools also ensures that we are targeting young people from all backgrounds, especially those from disadvantaged and hard to reach areas, which again links to the Trust’s Long-term Plan.
    • Be a positive and passionate role model who demonstrates how rewarding it is to work with the NHS and the Trust.
    • Be willing to share their passion and expertise.
    • Help young people to make informed choices about the range of job roles within the NHS. Going into schools and colleges can help dispel myths about jobs and professions, and importantly, ensure that young people have a realistic view of the world of work and the routes into it.
    • Support the raising of standards and young people’s attainment.
    • Encourage young people to aspire to reach their full potential.
    • Develop teachers’ professional understanding of the health sector.
    • Support work-related and applied learning requirements in schools, especially since the introduction of the Gatsby Benchmarks (please refer to the >health ambassador SOP for further information regarding this).
    • It is the Ambassador’s responsibility to inform their Manger and the ‘Get In’ team of their engagement with schools and young people, and to ensure that it does not impact on the services under which they are employed.
    • If an Ambassador is liaising with a school directly, to ensure professionalism at all times.


    Ambassadors and educational providers are connected securely online and can communicate via ‘Get In Cornwall’. We try to connect Ambassadors with schools and colleges near to their home or place of work as Ambassadors can specify the geographic locations that suit them.


As stated by Dr Anthony Mann

Young adults who recall four or more encounters with employers while at school are five times less likely to be NEET (Not In Education, Employment or Training) and earn on average 18% more than peers who recall no such activities

This shows that, as an employer, engaging with schools and colleges is important in raising the aspirations of young people so that they stay in education and employment and progress to earn more; some of which could be potential employees of RCHT. As a major employer in Cornwall, it is important that we promote the opportunities and career options (clinical and non-clinical) to young people, and communities across Cornwall.


For further information, please read our Health Ambassador >Standard Operating Procedure        


  • Being a Health Ambassador is a great personal and professional development tool, allowing employees to develop themselves by gaining confidence by speaking to young people about their job and gaining teaching experience, and helping young people to understand the application and recruitment process.
  • Ambassadors can gain a greater awareness of young people’s needs.
  • Allowing Ambassadors to attend careers events and to speak to young people in schools and colleges enables young people to be inspired and educated about the various opportunities and pathways within the Trust.
  • Provide young people, who may otherwise not have had access, knowledge of, or experience of work, the opportunity to learn about careers in healthcare and gain experience of them.
  • By engaging with young people it helps to establish the Trust as an employer of choice for the future workforce, which links in with recruitment and the Trust’s Long-Term plan.
  • Ensures that the future workforce is aware of a wide variety of careers available in the NHS.
  • Strengthens the workforce supply, especially where there may be an ageing workforce in the Trust; this all links with the Trust’s Long-Term plan.

If you are interested in signing up to become a Health Ambassador, or would like to recommend an individual, please contact rcht.getincornwall@nhs.net or complete the >application form.


  • To support Health Ambassador activity, HEE have provided here some practical tools that could be utilised in different settings and links to related organisations involved.(see PDFs)