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Work Experience Week provides valuable experience

Thirty students were given the chance to experience working life in the NHS for themselves when the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital hosted its annual Work Observation Week this month.


Young people aged 15 and 16 years old from local schools gained a real insight into a range of frontline clinical and behind the scenes support roles at the RD&E in a programme co-ordinated by the Trust Learning & Development Service. 


The programme included tours of areas not normally open to the public including the clinical skills laboratory, laundry and surgical instrument sterilisation facility; shadowing staff on wards, theatres and specialist services (like Exeter Mobility Centre); and hearing first hand accounts of working life in the NHS.


RD&E Learning & Development Adviser Teena Evans said: “This week is a fantastic opportunity to help students confirm their choice of career or explore their options. We design the week to allow them to see the many different careers that are within the NHS.

The success of the week is only possible thanks to the hard work and contribution of busy staff who are proud of the services they provide and hope to inspire and encourage others to make a difference as health care professionals.”



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