Student Programme

The NHS couldn’t survive without the medical, midwifery and nursing staff who support it. But how do you know you want to be a doctor or a nurse until you have tried it?

Universities and medical schools ask for evidence that students have experience in the field for which they are applying. Student Programme

Our aim is to show the reality of life in a busy NHS acute hospital. Students spend time talking to patients, helping with meal service, making beds and running errands. It is often busy but there is always something to do and plenty to learn. The staff hold a wealth of knowledge that they are happy to share and junior doctors are often happy to answer questions.

The programme is primarily for students aged 16-18 who are working towards a career in medicine or adult nursing; and for people over 16 who are considering a career in midwifery.

We get some great feedback from past students – here’s a selection:

“Thank you so much for my placement, it has been an amazing experience and has pushed me to work hard to become a Midwife.” 

“I started an apprenticeship in September on the children’s day surgery ward. Volunteering has put me on the right path for my career so thank you for all your help!”

“Thank you for the opportunity and experience you gave me. It was an absolute pleasure to volunteer on Pirton. I would do so again at the drop of a hat. It is a fantastic service that you run, so thank you again.”

“I just wanted to thank you for the amazing opportunities that you have made available for me.” 

“Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to volunteer and scheduling work experience for me. I have no doubt the insight into hospital life you helped me gain, contributed greatly to my admission into medical school.”

Student Programme

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Our organisational values extend to our student programme and you will see how they fit in with the day to day operation of the hospital.

Our core values are:

  • We put our patients first
  • We strive for improvement
  • We value everybody
  • We are open and honest
  • We work as a team