Work Experience

Work Experience 16-19 years

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is committed to providing work experience/workshadowing to ensure pupils/students have an opportunity to experience a career in the health service, help make academic choices, learn more about our facilities, the services to the community and its role within the National Health Service.

We use the Charter Work Experience Programme (Charter) to co-ordinate our school and further education college student requests (students studying up to level 3). Charter work directly with your careers teachers/tutors to arrange your work experience.

Your Careers Teacher must submit your application on your behalf.  Further information on the application process can be found on the Charter website:


The Charter Work Programme - Business in the Community

Telephone:  (028) 9045 1444
Fax: (028) 9045 2111


Further Education College/Training Organisations

If you are studying a level 4 course or above and require a work experience/work placement, please ask your Tutor to e-mail the Trust Placement Co-Ordinator with details of your course and placement requirements (see 'How to Apply' below for contact details).

Additional Work Experience Opportunities

If you want additional work experience in your own time i.e. outside of School/College/Training Organisations/University this can be arranged with the Trust Work Placement Co-ordinator.  

How to Apply

To apply, please e-mail a brief letter explaining the reasons for your request with possible dates that suit for work experience include a copy of your CV for further information and send to the Work Placement Co-ordinator.

Requests must be sent at least two months in advance to ensure the necessary Access NI checks are in place prior to you commencing your work experience.


Gary Bottrill
Organisation & Workforce Development Department
Lough House
Ards Community Hospital
Church Street
BT23 4AS


Medical Work Experience Launch

The South Eastern HSC Trust is committed to ensuring that young people, within its geographical area, are offered work experience programmes that support them to identify and progress towards particular goals and career pathways.

The Trust in partnership with Charter (Business in the Community) continues to grow and develop our careers support activity with a number of innovative opportunities having been developed over the last few years. These include the launch of the Nursing Work Placement Programme and the introduction of a Mental Health Nursing Open Day, to ensure our young people gain as much insight as possible into their selected future career paths.

We are pleased to announce, that following feedback from students, parents, medical staff and schools, we have designed a new programme for our young people who are interested in and have the required aptitude, academic results and ability to pursue Medicine as a future career choice. Our aim is to ensure that there is equality of access to a medical work experience programme in the Trust so as many students as possible are able to avail of the opportunity to learn more about a career in medicine and that it also meets the requirements of the universities they may be applying to.

The launch of the South Eastern HSC Trust Medical Work Experience Programme took place on Tuesday 23 June 2015 in our Quality, Improvement & Innovation Centre, Trust HQ, Ulster Hospital with over 25 local schools represented. A number of Consultants who were instrumental in designing the new programme spoke about the content and benefits of it.

Niall Leonard, Consultant Nephrologist stated “The new programme has been endorsed by QUB. Sub Deans in other Trusts’ approve of it as an equitable regional model which they hope to take back to their respective Trusts. It will be hosted in the Trusts Quality, Improvement and Innovation Centre as the programme is all about Quality, Improvement and Innovation.”

Sonya Duffy from the Volunteering Department presented on the value of volunteering in the Trust to assist with a chosen career pathway. The Launch was concluded by Joanne Mehaffey from Charter and Hugh McCaughey, Chief Executive who thanked everyone for attending and supporting the new programme which will increase the number of students who can avail of a medical work experience placement in the South Eastern HSC Trust by 50%.

To view the Medical Work Experience Presentation, click here.

To view the Launch Programme, click here.

To view the Medical Work Experience Programme, click here.

For more information, please contact Joanne Mehaffy on:
Phone: 028 9045 1444

Post-Grad Students can contact, Gary Bottrill on:
Phone: 028 91512114



Medical Electives

All requests for Medical Electives must be sent to the Undergraduate Office at the Ulster Hospital. Please send your request via e-mail to Lee-Ann Irvine:


Research Requests

Requests for research within the Trust are co-ordinated by the Research Office at the Ulster Hospital. Please send your request via e-mail to Marion Fay


University Placements

All requests for student placement during the academic year must come directly from the University and not the individual students due to the volume of requests.