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Getting relevant experience is very useful for careers in medicine. Experience, or at least observation/shadowing, can be part of the application process for courses. Volunteering is a great way to do this while you are at Sussex. Things to consider:

  • Needs to be recent
  • Ideally, needs to show a commitment over an extended period of time
  • Keep a diary to reflect on your experiences – working in a healthcare team, observations (eg. empathy, ethics, team), notable happenings!

Virtual experience

Getting experience at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals

BSUH NHS Trust: Royal County Hospital, Brighton AND Haywards Heath Hospital
Good to get on waiting list as soon as possible as can take time
They want a commitment of a few hours a week over at least a 6-month period
Work Experience:
One or two weeks shadowing a team in the hospital
Use the work experience email to request a copy of the placement sponsor contact list so you can select your preferred area for work experience

Work experience at Sussex Community NHS Trust

Currently based in Brighton General Hospital 

Work experience at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

In Worthing Hospital or St Richard's, Chichester


Use Community Base, ESCIS and the Brighton & Hove Community and Voluntary Sector Forum for local opportunities:

NHS Trusts

Contact details for NHS Trusts in the Sussex area. Use for contacts/volunteering opportunities

Hospices and care homes

There are lots of care homes in Brighton/Hove, and most are keen to take on volunteers – good idea to check their CQC rating online first to make sure they are of an appropriate standard to learn in.

Also, it's worth asking whether they have visits from health care practitioners to ensure that you meet a wider range of the health team