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The RD&E welcomes people looking for work experience but as a busy Acute Hospital Trust we have a duty to ensure patients receive a high level of appropriate care so this puts some limits on the range of opportunities we can offer. We want to encourage people who are interested in careers in the NHS and a number of options are available, depending on individual circumstances. Here are some options:

Young people in local schools interested in a career in the NHS
If you are in Years 10 to 13 (ages 15 to 18) and undertaking GCSE’s and A Levels, we provide an annual Work Observation week which introduces a wide range of NHS career options. The young people attending are supervised at all times. To access this opportunity you will need to talk to your school’s career teacher or work experience co-ordinator. They will have packs of information and can nominate you for the application process.


Young people interested in becoming a Doctor
If you are studying appropriate A levels in a local college or 6th Form, year 12/13, we offer an annual Medical Work Experience Programme. As above, your school or college work experience co-ordinator can nominate you for this programme.


People studying BTEC Health & Social Care at Exeter College
We work in partnership with Exeter College who put forward nominations to us for supervised placements for 1st and 2nd year students. This enables students to meet the requirements of the qualification.


People over 18 who are interested in Nursing
You might consider volunteering or joining our Staff Bank for Nursing Auxiliary training. For more information please see the Volunteering page and the Staff Bank page.


Job Centre Plus applicants
Job Centre Plus helps people develop and learn new skills whilst seeking employment. They are aware of any available opportunities for employment or voluntary work at the Royal Devon & Exeter and will liaise with our Recruitment department. For more information please see the Job Centre Plus website.


If none of the above offerings are suited to your needs then some departments have offered individual Work Experience Placements in the past, dependent on suitability.
These have included:

Please note we are only able to offer clinical placements involving patient contact to anyone 16 years and over.


To find out more about individual work placements only please contact our Work Experience Administrator in the Vocational Education Team on 01392 408132.

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