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Student programmes

We have some interesting opportunities for students in high school, sixth form, college or post graduate education to experience working life in a variety of areas in our hospital.

Student volunteer placements

Our student volunteer programme is an excellent opportunity for sixth form and college students to regularly volunteer on a busy ward helping ward staff and patients at mealtimes. This is especially useful for any student considering a career in healthcare or hoping to study medicine at university.

We offer approximately 30 placements a year, with applications open in January for placements within that same year. 

Students will be committed to 50 hours volunteering (at least a two hour session once a week, until 50 hours are completed), from June to December or September to March. This allows students to become a valuable member of the ward team, giving them an immersive and rewarding volunteer experience, while avoiding students having to volunteer during their school exams. 

Clinical shadowing

Clinical shadowing placements are available to students with an interest in healthcare over the age of 16, in sixth form, college or post graduate education. For one or two days students can observe doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in their day-to-day setting.

For an application pack, please click here.

Year 10 and 11 work experience

One week hands on work experience placements are available to year 10 and 11 students, offering a great opportunity to see first-hand how a hospital runs behind the scenes. These placements will be offered in non-clinical departments such as human resources and communications, the medical library and the estates and facilities department. Please be aware that spaces are limited.

For an application pack, please click here.

Pharmacy placements for undergraduates

We offer vacation placements to third year pharmacy undergraduate students during the Easter and Summer holidays. The placements are supported by the UEA foundation pharmacist training programme delivery team. To apply please complete an application form and send to with a cover letter and a current CV.

Application form


Medical students

If you are already a medical student and are looking for clinical or elective attachments, please contact post graduate medical education:

Telephone: 01284 712679 or email

Contact the team

For more information please email: or telephone: 01284 713169.


Voluntary services is in the main entrance at the front of the hospital and is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am - 4.30pm.