Work experience initiative at the RUH hits gold standard

A successful scheme offering local youngsters a chance to get first hand experience of a range of different jobs at the Royal United Hospital in Bath has picked up a national award.

So far this year, nearly 50 young people from local schools and colleges have been hosted by the hospital’s work experience programme for a taste of the varied careers on offer, with more opportunities later in 2023.

Now the programme has been given a gold award under the Work Experience Quality Standard, a national accreditation run by NHS England.

The RUH was particularly praised for the excellent induction and welcome it offers, and for the workbook that was devised to encourage students to apply what they learn on work experience to their future career aspirations.

Apprenticeship and Career Engagement Lead Hugh McKinney said: “Work experience is an opportunity for the RUH to showcase what we do for young people in our communities, to give them a wider aspect of the healthcare we provide.

“The offer is really broad from clinical to non-clinical roles, which helps young people to make that decision about what’s next for them and what their aspirations are.”

There will be further work experience opportunities advertised in the new year for nursing and other areas. To apply for current work experience opportunities, or for more information about other ways to explore NHS careers, see the RUH website: