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We offer work experience placements for school and college students over the age of 16 and members of the public who may be seeking a change in their career.

Due to a high demand in work experience placement requests, unless already arranged, we can only consider applications from students that live in Sussex.  Applications outside of this criteria will not be processed and applicants are encouraged to contact healthcare organisations local to where they live.  If you are considering a career in medicine and wish to be placed with a doctor, please tell us about your career aspirations in the free text box on the application form.  Due to the demand for work experience we are not always able to accommodate all requests.  Please consider requesting a placement time outside of school holiday periods as these tend to be the peak times for applications.

We also have a separate scheme that supports members of the armed forces to gain experience of working in health care. The scheme offers shadowing work experience, mentoring and interview practice. Military personnel should contact claire.martin@bsuh.nhs.uk for more details.


Applicants will be subject to a health clearance and risk assessment, which can take up to 3 weeks. Placement length will vary according to the placement area but will not exceed two weeks.

All placements are unpaid and the Trust will not meet any costs of travel, subsistence or accommodation.


For further information please email work.experience@bsuh.nhs.uk

How to apply

Before applying, please read our application process guidance.

Click here to complete an online application form

Medical Attachment (qualified Dr) or Elective (medical student year 4 and above) placements are designed to provide a sample of the NHS experience to visiting doctors and students from overseas. This is an observer role only. The visitor will not have direct patient contact or take on any responsibility. They will be supervised at all times.

In accordance with Home Office recommendations, attachments are limited to a maximum of six weeks.

The attachments are limited to one in chosen department. Any extensions and additional request for second department will be reviewed on an individual basis and we cannot guarantee they will be accepted.

Due to the Junior Doctor Changeover, we are not able to accept any applications between June and September.

Under no circumstances will the doctor undertake on call duties to cover for sickness, or be granted a request for an honorary contract.

Please note that we are not able to offer any placements under the Erasmus + programme. If you are interest in the placement under Erasmus please contact universities direct.


All enquiries for the Medical Attachment programme should to be forwarded to medical.attachment@bsuh.nhs.uk


You will be required to contact the relevant Department’s Consultant to obtain their approval.

Applications are now processed electronically and can only be made using this application form and returning it by email to medical.attachment@bsuh.nhs.uk. Please type your form and return as a complete PDF or Word document. Handwritten scanned forms and multiple separate pages will not be accepted.

All applicants should state a clear preference to the area/specialty they would like their placement to be in, although we can make no guarantee of a placement in any chosen specialty.

All applicants must provide full contact details for three referees (email, phone number and address). If accepted, the applicant will be notified with a start date and a named supervisor.


The total fee payable is £375, payable upon agreement of a placement and at least six weeks in advance of the requested start date, before our Medical Workforce Department commence their pre-contract checks.

If you have been accepted for a medical attachment there are two methods of payment: by debit/credit card, or by cheque. You will be sent instructions once your placement is agreed. Please note that in some circumstances (i.e change of department) there may be an additional charge of £100.

In case of cancellation the fee will be refunded at 50% of original value. Please contact Medical Workforce Team for further details.


The hospital cannot offer accommodation under this programme. Candidates are responsible for finding and arranging their own accommodation


Please apply for your medical attachment at least twelve weeks before you wish to start. Please do not apply more than 6 months in advance.

Medical Workforce Department will need a minimum of six weeks for pre-contract checks. We are not able to take any applications between June and September. You are advised not to make travel arrangements until your attachment has been confirmed.
Placements are limited to six weeks maximum and are strictly observer roles.


Before you apply, please check that you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a qualified doctor or medical student year 4 or above- we are unable to accept students from year 1-3
  • If you are not a native English speaker, you will need IELTS certificate level 7.5 or an equivalent level of English that you can demonstrate.
  • You will need to provide evidence that you have undergone the full required immunisation programme and will need to be cleared by our occupational health department before starting your elective. You will not be able to start without this clearance.
  • You will need to provide your passport or national ID card
  • You may require Visa
  • We will require your CV to be attached to the application.

You will be required to complete an online Induction. This needs to be completed two weeks prior to your start date.

Visa information for non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

Immigration rules were revised with the result that students on a short medical elective must now obtain a Tier 4 visa. Currently BSUH is not a sponsor organisation for Tier 4. We are therefore unable to accept applications from candidates outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland unless relevant Visa proof is produced. If you are a qualified doctor you may need a standard visitor visa to complete the placement. For further information please see the UK Border Agency website  to seek clarification on your specific situation.

Guidance and downloads

Consultant contact list

2017-18 Application Form