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Work Experience and Placements

NHS Lothian works with a number of organisations to offer work experience and placement opportunities to individuals who are keen to update their skills and gain relevant experience.  Work placements refer to a period of work experience, which is unpaid and is part of a period of study or return to work initiative, which takes place for an agreed period of time between the employer and agency or organisation.

Jobcentre Plus (JCP) - Placements can be arranged through JCP from four up to eight weeks. If you are interested in a placement with NHS Lothian through JCP, speak to your employability advisor. Further information can be found on the Jobcentre Plus website.

The Ability Centre - Adults aged between 16 and 65 with a physical disability can be referred for a centre-based placement following an assessment of their needs by representatives from the Physical Disability Assessment Team, CRABIS or other Health or Social Care practitioners. Clients can self-refer to the Outreach Service. Each client has an individual programme to meet their agreed needs, which is regularly reviewed, and a moving plan is agreed with each individual before leaving the service. More information can be found on their website.

Into Work - Into Work is a specialised employment support service for disabled jobseekers across Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. They work with NHS Lothian offering advice, guidance, training and on-going support. For more information and contact details visit the Into Work website.

ENABLE Scotland - NHS Lothian works with ENABLE Scotland to offer placements one day a week for 16 weeks for people with learning disabilities. ENABLE Scotland is a charity run by its members. For more information visit their website.

Access to Industry (AI) - They help to move excluded people into education and on to employment. At the heart of AI’s work are the Passport and Transition programmes. These are tailored to the needs of those who are moving on from particularly challenging backgrounds, including care, prison and substance misuse. NHS Lothian runs two week placements. For more information and contact details, visit the Access to Industry website.

Observer Placements - Observer placements are self arranged placements for students studying within their area of placement or persons qualified in the area of placement. A signed agreement or honorary contract is required before going on a placement. Checks may need to be taken up before the placement; the workplacement team will advise if any are required.

Higher Education Institutes - See Young People section.


As well as work experience and placements, NHS Lothian also has a volunteering service. For more information, visit the volunteering web pages.


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