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Work experience and placements

Find out more about student placements and professional shadowing at St Christopher's

Education is at the heart of St Christopher’s and we are passionate about giving people the opportunity to learn about end of life care. We offer a range of opportunities from shadowing staff, to placements to courses to make sure that the healthcare heroes of tomorrow, have the chance to learn and thrive today.

Summer School

If you want to learn what it’s like to work in healthcare, then St Christopher’s Summer School could be the springboard for your future career. This five-day course is designed for students aged 16-19 and runs in July each year – take a look here to find out more.

Student placements

We work with a number of universities to offer a range of nursing, medical and other clinical placements. If you’re an undergraduate student and currently on a course where a clinical placement is required, please speak to your tutor or the placement coordinator at your university about applying to come to St Christopher’s. They can then talk directly to our clinical teams to discuss opportunities.

Short term professional shadowing

If you’re a postgraduate student or have recently qualified, we offer opportunities for shadowing and observational visits with staff covering a number of disciplines including:

  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Social work
  • Rehabilitation; physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapy.

Please note that all of these visits are subject to availability. Please get in touch with our St Christopher’s CARE Team if you would like to know more: 

Additional opportunities

Education courses

We offer a comprehensive programme of education and training course covering a range of subjects related to palliative and end of life care. From conferences featuring expert speakers, to practical skills training days led by experienced clinicians and carers; there’s a lot on offer. Find out more here.


Whether you’re interested in helping out at events, giving hand massages to people staying at the hospice or offering bereavement counselling to families, we have a variety of volunteering opportunities on offer with varying time commitments. Take a look at our current roles to learn more.

Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer volunteering or work experience to young people aged 15 and under.