Work experience

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) encourages and supports visitors to undertake placements to learn more about the work we do here at GOSH. The hospital is recognised as a world leader in child health education. There are different options that can be applied for which are outlined below.

Young Visitors Programme

The Young Visitors Programme is an initiative to offer short observational placements in the different clinical areas of GOSH to school students applying for medicine at university. The programme is suitable for school students aged 16-18 years and runs during school holidays, offering 3–5 day placements in the specialty of the student's choice, subject to availability of places and supervising staff. This is not work experience as there is no hands on work. Places are open to all who meet the criteria and are allocated on a chronological basis.

Completed application forms must be submitted electronically to as either a word document or PDF file, otherwise we may not be able to process your application due to the NHS security and firewall protection software. Please ensure you complete your application in full including the dates you wish to attend, partially completed applications will not be considered. We cannot arrange placements with less than four weeks' notice.

** Please note, due to the high volume of applications we receive and the limited capacity available within GOSH, only the first 25 applications received for each holiday period will be processed in the first instance. ** 


If you are over the age of 18 and wish to observe within GOSH you will need to enquire with the department you wish to visit directly. If the department are able to offer you a placement, please email and request an application form with the details of your placement including the GOSH Line Manager who is offering the placement. Please note that there is a fee to process your contract and at least 6 weeks’ notice is required.

Medical students

If you are a medical student and wish to carry out an elective placement or observership with GOSH please email for an application form. A member of the team will then contact the division which you would like to visit to organise a placement for you. Please note that there is a fee to process your contract and at least 6 weeks’ notice is required.