GOSH Young Visitors Programme

The GOSH Young Visitors Programme is an initiative to offer short placements in the different areas of GOSH to students thinking of applying for a career in the NHS.

This programme is suitable for students aged 16 to 19 years (ideally sixth form students post GCSE) and runs throughout the year during school holidays with the exception of Christmas, offering one to five day placements in the area of the student’s choice, dependent upon availability of places and supervising staff.

We currently offer placements in Medicine and Nursing. Our Allied Health placements currently run during Easter and October half terms only.

Choosing your placement area

Think carefully about where you wish to be placed, should you wish to apply.  

GOSH provides highly specialised work that would not provide a typical experience for all students. It might be of greater use and relevance to attain a placement in another hospital that provides general care to patients.

In addition, as we are a tertiary referral centre there are very many complex and acutely unwell children in GOSH and some students may find this distressing.

Your application

We are looking for evidence of your passion and knowledge of the area.

Please ensure that your application is clear and well presented.

Try and think of specific examples to demonstrate your understanding of and interest in the placement. Take the time to research the area of GOSH you are applying to work in. This will help you to get the most out of your time with us and demonstrate your passion and commitment.

Once we have received your application, it will be assessed before being passed to the department to check availability of space and a suitable supervisor.

Please note, applications will not be accepted or processed outside these timeframes. 

Timelines for applications

We are unable to accept any applications outside of the below timeframes due to the large volumes of applications we receive, there may be occasion where applications are closed early due to large volumes . Once you have applied we recommend you add the young visitors email to your contacts list or frequently check your spam/junk folder.

Summer Cohort - 29 July - 30 August 2024

  • Applications Open: 17 June 2024 at 9am
  • Applications Close: 28 June 2024 at 3pm
  • Notification of Decision: 19 July 2024

October Cohort - 28 October - 1 November 2024

  • Applications Open: 16 September 2024 at 9am
  • Applications Close: 27 September 2024 at 3pm
  • Notification of Decision: 18 October 2024

February Cohort - 17 - 21 February 2025

  • Applications Open: 6 January 2025 at 9am
  • Applications Close: 17 January 2025 at 3pm
  • Notification of Decision: 7 February 2025

Easter Cohort - 7 - 21 April 2025

  • Applications Open: 24 February 2025 at 9am
  • Applications Close: 7 March 2025 at 3pm
  • Notification of Decision: 28 March 2025

Your placement

Once you have got your placement, try to make the most of it, even if some aspects of it surprise you.

Please always follow the Trust Health & Safety procedures – these will be explained to you as part of your local induction as well as the instructions of your supervisor.

Contact information