Resize text Make the text bigger Make the text smaller

About the Trust - Press Releases

You are here: Home \ Trust \ Press Releases \ July - December 2010 \ RD&E Work Observation week 2010


RD&E Work Observation week 2010


Students Jonathon Staman & John Piezas practising taking blood pressureAbout 45 students were given the chance to experience working hospital life as part of Work Observation Week (5 – 9 July 2010) at the RD&E. Students aged 15 – 17 years old from 17 schools across the region successfully applied to be on the special week which was co-ordinated by the Trust Learning & Development Service.


The week allowed students access to a wide range of career paths available within the NHS and at the RD&E. They were given privileged behind the scenes tours including the Exeter Mobility Centre, laboratories and theatres as well as work placements shadowing staff from IT to theatres to the cancer support centre.


Other highlights of the week included gaining an insight in to plastic surgery at the RD&E, learning important clinical skills such as how to take blood from a patient and hearing about the day in the life of a midwife.


Students Jonathon Staman & John Piezas (pictured) are both interested in careers in medicine. They said: “It has been an interesting week and it has been a great way to learn about how much hard work goes on behind the scenes at a hospital.  It has definitely given us a better idea of the careers available and what it is like to work in medicine.”


Learning & Development Adviser Katie Hill 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.


“I want to thank all the staff who have worked hard to make this week such a success. We are very proud of the services we provide and hope it inspires and encourages others to consider training and working as health care professionals.”

Call 111 when its less than urgent