“Today was great. I was able to actually go into the homes of the elderly and watch how equipment really makes a difference in improving physio for individuals who find it difficult to move around.I was able to interact with a wide range of healthcare professionals and I also helped lead a balance class at a residential care home. My mentor for the day was very helpful and answered all my questions.”
Work experience, T Levels and supported internships
Deciding on your future career is a big step, especially if you are wondering which direction to take. We are delighted to support a range of work placements to help you gain first-hand experience in the NHS. We will guide you through the various pathways available, helping you understand your options and discover the passion that will help you achieve your potential.
Work experience is a brilliant way to discover what it is like working in the NHS and find out more about the wide variety of roles available - there are over 350 different ones to choose from!
Although work experience is unpaid, a placement at the Royal Devon will help pave the way forwards for your future career. You'll be based on a particular ward, office or reception area, learning about important processes including infection control and confidentiality.
Virtual work experience resources
Medic Mentor is a non-profit national medical organisation for applying students, medical students and doctors. They specialise in helping applying students get into medicine. They offer virtual work experience, which is a 30 hour commitment from a pupil over 6 months. Pupils receive a certificate and they have a journal to complete for reflection, it covers 3 patient journeys: geriatric/adult and paediatric. Medic Mentor is run by a UK-wide network of volunteer doctors who provide UCAS support and teach medical students how to become successful future doctors and NHS leaders. Visit the Medic Mentor website.
This is an animated video by Health Education England that follows Danny, who injures his leg playing football. This animation will explore his treatment and show him meeting various healthcare staff. View the Danny’s Journey video.
Icould.com uses the power of personal stories to inform young people’s career choices. Run by the Education and Employers charity as part of Inspiring the Future theme, icould.com can be used as a standalone resource or to support inspiring the Future’s core activities. Free and simple to use, icould.com features over 1000 videos of people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path, and how different factors have shaped their direction. Visit the ICould website.
Discover General Practice
Observe GP is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16 and over, who are living in the UK. It is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team. Visit the website.
NHS Health Careers
Discover the 350 careers available in the NHS. Find useful tools, tips and exercises that can help you take the next step into a career in the NHS. Visit the NHS Health Careers website.
Work experience opportunities
Industrial Placements (aged between 16 and 19 year olds)
Sinead West, Care Academy student
Supported internships, Project SEARCH
Project SEARCH is a new scheme that gives young people aged 18-24 with learning disabilities a unique opportunity to gain work experience. Interns are supported by an instructor and a job coach who are onsite and available throughout the working week.
Callum, Domestic Services Assistant and Alex, Estates team
Callum has a permanent paid role at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) as a Domestic Services Assistant. Callum was recognised in our ‘Faces Awards’ scheme, winning the category of ‘Valued Team Member’ in December 2019.
Alex undertook an internship with the RDE and is now a confident, paid member of staff within the Estates team. Alex was recognised for his success at the Exeter College Student Awards 2020 when he won the ‘Skills for Life’ Award.