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The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust recognises that work experience is a fantastic way of drawing in our future clinical and non-clinical staff, offering a great opportunity to get a taster for a career in the NHS.

Gaining experience in a working environment prior to making that all-important career choice can prove valuable in shaping your long-term future. With job opportunities becoming increasingly more competitive, many employers believe that valuable work experience only enhances the chances a stronger job application.

The aim of work experience is to provide individuals with an opportunity to gain experience of working in a healthcare setting; and there is a wide range of work experience placements available.


Individuals aged 16 years and above: We offer clinical work experience involving patient contact to individuals aged 16 years and above for a maximum of four weeks. We have a range of exciting opportunities, from Physiotherapy to experiences within the Radiology Department.


Please see the list below with a range of contacts for clinical work experience opportunities:

Individuals under 16 years of age: Those under 16 years may complete work experience in a non-clinical area for a maximum of four weeks. We have a range of exciting opportunities, as the RD&E is not just about clinical roles and professions.

Please see the list below for a range of contacts for non-clinical work experience opportunities:

Please note: Health Records, Estates and Mobility Centre (Workshop) work experience placements for summer 2020 are now full and they will not be able to take any more students during this time frame.


These are just some of the popular clinical/non-clinical areas that individuals choose to gain work experience in at the Trust.


For other areas of interest, please see the rest of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust website, where you will be able to search for the department you are interested in.


Please note: the following departments do not allow work experience placements, so please don't contact them in regards to placements:

Process for all work experience applicants: must read

For ad hoc work experience, you must contact the department that you wish to work in directly. This introduces you first hand to the department and to staff you may be shadowing and allows you to discuss what you’ll likely see on your placement.

You must download and complete a Work Experience Application Form, then email it to the department that you are interested in for work experience.

Please be patient when waiting for a reply. The department may not be able to answer your request straight away as they may need to discuss the placement and find out if they can accommodate you on the dates that you have requested.

All dates must be agreed between you and the department prior to you beginning your work experience at the Trust.

Once the dates have been agreed, you must download and carefully complete the following documents:

These completed documents must then be emailed to at least two weeks before beginning your placement (we cannot accept documents via post).

In your email, please identify which department and line manager you will be joining, along with the agreed dates.

Once these documents have been checked, an Honorary Contract and (if necessary) a Health Declaration Waiver will be emailed to you.


The Health Declaration Waiver must be signed and emailed back prior to your start date, while the Honorary Contract must be completed and brought with you on your first day of placement.


If you are under 18, these documents must be signed by a parent/guardian.

If these documents are not sent with enough time to finalise the placement, then unfortunately a placement will not be confirmed by the Trust.


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