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Work Experience

The UHB has a wide range of ad-hoc work experience placements for school student and young adults within the Cardiff and Vale area, which are co-ordinated directly by line managers.  Work experience can benefit both the individual and the Health.   Students develop a greater understanding of how healthcare works and the many different roles involved in providing a health service.   At the same time, through the provision of structured and informative placements, the Health Board has the opportunity to attract young people into our future workforce. 

School / College Students (Years 10 – 13)

Students aged 14-18 and in full time education may be able to take part in work experience with us.   Before getting in touch, have a think about what you would like to do and what area you are interested in (e.g. admin, therapies, nursing etc.)   More information about the variety of departments and services we offer as a Health Board is available on the ‘Our Services’ page (n.b. not all areas offer work experience opportunities).


Once you know which area you are interested in please email us your details, attaching a letter explaining why you are interested, to the Work Experience Co-ordinator.  We will thereafter forward your details to the relevant department.  It is very important that you let us know which department you are interested in or we will not be able to forward your details.    If your request is accepted they will get in touch with you directly to make the necessary arrangements.

Please be aware that a minimum of three months is needed to set up a work experience placement. 

Undergraduate Electives within the School of Medicine 

We regret that at present the School of Medicine is unable to deal with any further requests for clinical electives.  Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

Shadowing a Doctor/Surgeon

The UHB does not offer medical work experience placements or allow students to shadow doctors.  If the student is in the Sixth Form they can apply for a place on the Medical Work Observation Programme.  This runs throughout the summer and gives a taster of what medicine involves. (Please note this programme is not available to anyone who has already completed a degree in medicine.)  For more information contact the Undergraduate Centre on 029 2074 5261. 


For those seeking paid employment with Cardiff and Vale UHB, our full list of vacancies can be viewed on the NHS Jobs website:

Further information can be obtained from the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) Recruitment Teams.

Helpdesk phone numbers: (029) 20 905353

Email address:

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) 
SE Wales Recruitment Service 
4th Floor Companies House
Crown Way
CF14 3UZ

Volunteering Opportunities

Please do not contact the Voluntary Services Team with queries relating to work experience as they will be unable to help you.  They only deal with volunteering opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please take a look at our Volunteering section