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RD&E Work Observation week 2011


Thirty students were given the chance to experience working hospital life as part of Work Observation Week (4 - 8 July 2011) at the RD&E. Students aged 15 and 16 years old from schools across the region successfully applied to be part of the special week which was co-ordinated by the Trust Learning & Development Service.


Work observation studentsThe 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 the Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit (HSDU) as well as work placements shadowing staff from IT to theatres to podiatry.


Highlights of the week included a mock ward event where students took part in a recreation of a real ward situation, where they all took different roles including patients, doctors, nurses, physiotherapist, OTs and housekeepers. 


Students said “It was good fun and interesting to see what a ward is like and how my job played an important part in the fabric of it”.


The Trust Corporate Affairs team also gave students a taste of a different side of NHS life, setting them a challenge to produce a campaign to raise awareness of the RD&E amongst their age group. The students then had to ‘pitch’ their campaigns back to the whole group to vote for the winner. The winning group’s idea will be used to influence a real campaign.


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.


“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.”

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