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The work placement year is intended to provide you with the opportunity to experience the environment of a real healthcare or healthcare related organisation and to develop your employment skills.

It is the responsibility of students to find their own placements, however we have facilitated this process by building links with a range of high profile employers working in the health sector who are able to offer fantastic paid work opportunities for your placement year.

Organisations offer different kinds of opportunities in the areas of healthcare management, policy and research. These employers all recognise the valuable skills that students from your degree will bring to their organisation. Specific opportunities will be offered on our secure placement website 9 months prior to the commencement of the placement.

In the spotlight: Placements at GSK

The Government Affairs and Policy (GAP) team is part of the UK Pharmaceuticals business at GlaxoSmithKline. The team's purpose is to understand the external environment within which the company operates, and support the commercial business in navigating it successfully now, as well as shaping what it looks like for the future. GAP's core functions are centred on gathering and distilling insight, understanding and developing policy and eliciting change through advocacy. The team is structured in 3 parts; Healthcare, Central Government/Westminster and Devolved Nations (Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland).

A placement student would have the opportunity to work across several of areas within the team to build a broad understanding of how a large commercial organisation engages in healthcare policy and the implications of these activities for the business.

Specific projects could include investigating the impact of an evolving healthcare issue on GSK's business, such as the greater integration of health with social care, the challenge of sustainable helathcare or working with the ABPI and Department of Health to shape national policy on areas of mutual interest, such as supporting innovation in the life sciences sector or optimising medicines usage.

The team's history in successfully hosting graduates means that students would be given real responsibility to lead a defined project, and provided with the support and development interventions to enable them to do so effectively.


In the press

Find out more about why GSK want to work with students on our Healthcare: Management Policy and Research Degree by following the Talent Hunt News Article in Useful Downloads below

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