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Work Experience at Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Work Experience Placements are the best way to gain valuable insight and experience into the life of an NHS Professional. At Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, we strive to inspire young people towards a career in the NHS, and hopefully to work for us in the future.

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to offer a Work Experience Programme, primarily aimed at students aged 14 – 19 however please note that there are restrictions for students under the age of 16.

Please note however that our Programme is very popular, and students of the Wigan Borough are given priority. Those from outside of Wigan are welcome to apply, and we will endeavour to secure a placement, once applications from within the borough are processed. Hence we would encourage you to make simultaneous applications to other organisations to avoid disappointment.

* Please note we are not accepting any new work experience placements until September 2017 *

PDF Document View a list of frequent Work Experience Supervisors

The Process
Please download the application form below, and complete it electronically, before emailing it to along with a photo of yourself – The photo should comply with passport regulations. Please visit the website for passport regulations and guidance.

Word Document Work Experience Application Form 2016

We advise you to apply well in advance (minimum 8 weeks) to ensure the best chance of securing your desired placement.

Health Clearance
Please note that all students must undergo a Health Clearance prior to commencing Work Experience. You will receive a questionnaire to complete online once a provisional placement has been agreed. Please be assured that your information is processed confidentially by our Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team.

Placement Confirmation
Once your Health Clearance is confirmed, you will receive written confirmation detailing the arrangements for your placement, and an honorary contract. Please read this information carefully, before you sign to confirm your agreement. The signed document should be returned to the HR Department when you pay your admin fee and collect your ID Badge. (see below)

Parental Consent
Those under 18 years of age must have the Honorary Contract countersigned by a parent or guardian to confirm they have permission to undertake the placement.

All work experience placements are subject to an admin fee of £20. Please report to The General Office, based within Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan and quote reference number '5170' to make your payment during the week before your placement start date. The Address is;
Wigan Lane, Wigan, WN1 2NN. The General Office is open from 9-4pm Monday-Friday and is closed 1-2pm each day.

ID Badge 
The General Office will issue you with a receipt for your payment, which you should then bring to the HR Department at Buckingham Row, Suite 7, Brick Kiln Lane, Wigan, WN1 1XX in order to obtain your ID Badge. Please note that ID Badge’s must be worn at all times and returned to your Supervisor at the end of your placement. In return you will receive a Certificate of Work Experience for your Record of Achievement.

On your First Day
Your Placement Supervisor will complete an ID check and an Induction with you on your First Day, to explain all the things you need to know about the department, and the things you can expect to see whilst on placement.

During your time at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, you will be expected to preserve a tidy appearance in keeping with uniform regulations. This includes:

  • Smart black skirt/trousers and a short sleeved white blouse/shirt,
  • Sensible black shoes (no tall heels or trainers),
  • Minimal jewellery (as per dress code),
  • Your ID badge worn and visible at all times.

What to Expect
Your placement supervisor will have organised various activities for you. Clinical Placements may include observing ward rounds and procedures or visiting clinics. Please be aware that there are age restrictions for some procedures, and the supervisor must obtain the consent of the patient for you to be present at all times.

The placement is intended for you to learn, so please do not hesitate to ask questions to your supervisor, if there is anything that you do not understand.

Further information is contained within the Work Experience Guidelines Document.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email us -

There are volunteering opportunities for those who wish to continue their work experience. For further information please see our Volunteers page by following the link below:

Internal webpage Volunteers

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