Work Placements and Clinical attachments

Gaining work experience, (paid or unpaid) in the health sector, is a vital component in the journey towards employment, professional registration and return to practice. Bridging the long gap away from clinical practice, adapting to a new work culture, gaining fluency in communication and refreshing skills can all be achieved through work experience.

We support refugee health professionals to get work experience in three ways:

Work Placements

Building Bridges has worked with over 90 Primary Care GP practices and 9 Hospital Trusts in London to set up work placements for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dentists who have not yet passed English language exams. Structured, supervised placements in Band 2 roles, enable health professionals to gain English language fluency in the workplace, experience multidisciplinary team working, NHS values, policies and practice and re-build confidence. 80% of work placements lead into employment.

NHS Employers interested to offer placement opportunities should contact RAGU, London Metropolitan University at 

Clinical Attachments

Building Bridges’ long-standing relationship with Barts Trust and Whipps Cross Hospital has supported newly registered doctors into Clinical Attachments.

Clinical attachments give doctors invaluable UK clinical experience and the opportunity to gain a UK reference, both of which are critical when applying for medical jobs.

Hospital Trusts interested to offer Clinical Attachments should contact the Refugee Council at