Work experience

For students aged 16 and over we can offer a variety of Work Experience placements: 

Health care focused: shadowing the nursing team in Day Services on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 10:00am – 3:00pm. 

Please note that we are only able to offer a limited number of clinical placements, therefore priority will be given to students due to study Medicine, Nursing or Allied Healthcare professions. 

Support Services focused: Receptionist, Medical Secretary, Accountancy, Events & Hospitality, Retail, Accountancy, Media Studies 

For more information or to apply, kindly email or write to the Education Team with your name, address, contact telephone number and a short outline of your intended studies / career path and a member of team will get back to you. 

To apply, kindly email or write to the Education Team, St Michael’s Hospice, Bartestree, Hereford HR1 4HA with your name, address, contact telephone number and a short outline of your intended studies / career path.

Work Experience & Volunteering

Information for school and college students on all the different volunteering options can be found in our leaflet. Options will depend on your age, availability and time you are able to commit.

Young volunteers

From age 17 we can accept students as volunteer Homemakers. You can view a role profile below.

We encourage you to apply for work experience initially, as the application process to become a volunteer involves the completion of a CRB check which can take up to three months to be returned to us.

We are extremely fortunate in having many volunteers who are committed to regular shifts at the Hospice. This means we may be unable to offer you a regular slot, but would ask new volunteers to fill in gaps on the rota or to cover for absence.

Kindly contact the The Volunteer Co-ordinator to check for any current vacancies.

Professional placements

We provide a variety of placements, in every department of the Hospice, for health and social professionals, both pre and post qualification. However, placements are limited in order to protect patients and families from constant changes to staff. For availability and further information please contact the Education Team.

Types of placement include:

Junior Doctors come to St Michael’s Hospice for four month placements. This provides a chance for these newly qualified doctors, who have not yet specialised, to gain palliative care experience, improve their skills in the practice and gain an understanding of how the Hospice operates.

Specialist Registrars: Additionally, we provide one year placements for Specialist Registrars as part of their training to become consultants in palliative medicine.

Student Nurses: Most Herefordshire student nurses will receive at least one day of experience at St Michael’s Hospice, to give them a general overview of what services we offer and how we operate. Furthermore, around 2-3 student nurses per year are offered longer “elective” placements of between 6-8 weeks at the end of their third degree course.

Qualified Nurses: A further 15-20 “post-qualified” nurses per year undertaking education courses in palliative care are given training on site for between one day and a week each.