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Work experience at Sherwood Forest Hospitals gives Tom a healthy start on the career ladder


Tom Sefton NHS apprentice NHIS SFHFT 01

IT apprentice Tom Sefton, working and learning with Nottinghamshire Health Informatics Service (NHIS) at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


A teenager, who went on to become an apprentice with the IT team supporting Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is backing Work Experience Week. (October 10 to October 14, 2016)

Tom Sefton was just 14 when he was offered a work placement at the Nottinghamshire Health Informatics Service (NHIS) at King’s Mill Hospital in March 2014 while a pupil at the Vision Studio School in Mansfield.  Throughout his two-year course, Tom spent one day a week working with the NHIS Development Team.

Tom, now 16, was studying engineering at the time but had a keen interest in computers, helping with IT at school and maintaining them at home.

“I was shy at first but the team were really friendly and we got on well,” said Tom.

“The placement offered more than I expected and I got involved in a lot of things, not just software. I’ve learnt such a lot.

“At first I was thinking of a career in computer maintenance but since completing the placement I know I want to progress into programming.”

The level of commitment he showed to the organisation and its customers, which include GP practices across Nottinghamshire and Sherwood Forest Hospitals, was second to none. He even arranged with his tutors and NHIS to continue to work with NHIS during the school holidays.

Tom made such an impression on staff that he was nominated for an internal Spotlight Award for the improvements he made to the hospital website and intranet.

Following his work experience, he was offered a 12-month IT Professionals Level 3 Apprenticeship.

“I like being an apprentice because I’m studying for a qualification and getting paid at the same time. Eventually I would like to apply for a full time post within the NHIS team.” 

Work Experience Week is being supported by Sherwood Forest Hospitals and promoted nationally by Fair Train, a charity organisation that champions the benefits of work experience.

For Sherwood Forest Hospitals, work experience is an important link activity between the hospitals and local secondary schools, academies and colleges.

Exposure to work is a significant step in preparing young people for working life by developing their personal and social skills as well as the key skills they will need for the world of work.

There are major benefits for employers, including opportunities to promote apprenticeships and future recruitment, helping the learning and skills development of existing staff and raising the profile of the hospitals in the community.

For more details of work experience placements in the health and care sector please go to the Health Education England website at



Work Experience Week

Work Experience Week (October 10 to October 14, 2016) is organised by national charity Fair Train which promotes the benefits of work experience. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet @FairTrainOrg or visit their website