Work experience

Thank you for your interest in undertaking a work experience placement at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

There are many options within the Trust for work experience, shadowing, clinical attachments, and virtual opportunities. Please make sure that you read through all the options here, before choosing who to contact.

If you are at school or college and have a keen interest in working for the Trust after your studies, or have completed your studies and are looking for some work experience, please get in touch using:

Here we can answer any questions that you may have regarding work experience. Once you have decided on your preferred site and department, there are some application forms to complete. Once we have received these, completed in full, we can support you with your application and advise you on next steps.

We are not currently accepting applications

The work experience inbox is now closed for new applications and will not re-open until 1 August 2024.

Clinical attachment and/or observers

These placements are dealt with by colleagues within the medical education team who can be contacted using the following email addresses for our respective hospital sites:

Please send a copy of your CV and introductory letter to the team at the site you would be interested in applying to and they will be able to advise you further regarding the application process. Please note that you can only apply to one of our hospital sites. Further details are available on the medical education intranet pages.

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Lab work experience

Pathology First provide many laboratory services at our Trust hospitals and may have the capacity to offer a placement for the dates required.  Pathology First’s website can be found on their website at and there is a ‘Contact Us’ page where you can make an enquiry.

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Medical work shadowing

These requests are managed by our medical education teams at Basildon, Broomfield and Southend.

You can apply to just one of our hospital sites.

All applicants for medical work shadowing must be over 16 years of age.  Please choose which site would be most suitable for you and send an introductory email along with your CV and contact details to the relevant medical education colleague as listed below.  Students aged 16 - 17 may only be accepted in certain areas. We receive many requests for medical work shadowing and waiting lists are in operation at all our Trust sites. Students will only be offered one medical work shadowing opportunity due to high demand. 

For all sites, the medical work shadowing placements are 1-3 days, consecutively.  Further details are available on the medical education intranet pages.

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Mental health work experience placementsĀ 

Unfortunately, we do not offer placements in Psychology and Mental Health within Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

For Psychology and Mental Health related placements, we would recommend contacting the Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT) who are the dedicated Mental Health Trust in our area and will have more scope than we would as an acute provider to offer you something relevant to your interests.  

Please see their website at

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Learning opportunitiesĀ 

The Health and Care Academy offers young people aged 14 – 19, a variety of different learning opportunities from career events, virtual work experience and even master classes on topics such as employability skills.

During these free sessions, you will learn about the NHS and social care, the vast array of roles within the sector and different routes in. You will have the opportunity to meet a range of health and care professionals, ask them questions and gain an insight and understanding of the work they do.

If you would be interested in further information about the Health and Care Academy, please contact  or visit:

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If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit Volunteering.

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