16 – 18 (Sixth Form & College)

Placements are designed for students aged 16-18 who are presently in education within the Dudley Borough and have an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare.

Our Sixth Form and College programmes are constantly being reviewed. All current programmes are as follows:


Therapy Services Programme

Therapy Services in Dudley offer one day work observation placements in both Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

You must be aged 16 years or over at the time of placement and be able to demonstrate an interest in or, be considering pursuing a career in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.

Due to high demands for our work observation placements, your application is not a guarantee that you will be successful. Please note – dates may not be during specific work experience weeks.

  • Physiotherapy work observation placement is held on a Thursday.
  • Occupational Therapy work observation placement is held on a Tuesday.

Please complete the application form and return by post to:

Jo Berwick
Secretary for Therapy Services
Russells Hall Hospital
Dudley
DY1 2HQ

Or complete electronically and return to the following email address: Jo.berwick1@nhs.net


Medical Work Experience Programme

The Ron Grimley Undergraduate Centre have an annual Medical Work Experience programme which takes place during two consecutive weeks in June and July. The programme allows those aspiring to be doctors the opportunity to gain an awareness of the role whilst fully immersing them in daily clinical life and obtaining a better understanding of the work involved.

Applicants must be a student in year 12 or above, and at least 17 years of age at the time the work experience takes place. They should either be attending college or higher education establishments within the Dudley area or reside in the Dudley borough.

For further information and how to apply, please click on the following link: http://www.rguc.co.uk/news/medical-work-experience/


Volunteering opportunities

The student volunteer programme provides support directly to patients in the hospital.

The minimum age for volunteering is 16 years old however there may be certain departments where you will need to be at least 18 years of age in order to have access. You should be able to commit to regular shifts of 3-4 hours per week for at least 6 months (minimum total 100 hours).

You will be required to attend an interview and suitable individuals will need to provide 2 references, basic health clearance and you will be subject to a police check (DBS). Full training is then provided.  Volunteer placements in specific areas cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that volunteering is not the same as work experience and there are no opportunities for observation of clinical procedures or facilities to shadow qualified members of staff. To be a successful volunteer you have to want to volunteer for the right reasons.  Volunteers dedicate themselves solely to helping our patients.  It is not appropriate to use the volunteer programme in order to enhance personal development and experience.

If you are interested in the student volunteer programme, please contact the volunteers team on 01384 456111 ext 1887 or via email dgft.volunteering@nhs.net for your application pack.