Work experience - Eastern services

Work experience at the RD&E provides a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and understanding about the wide-ranging careers available in the NHS. This can prove valuable in shaping your long-term future and demonstrate interest and commitment to future employers. For the Trust, it is a great way to show-off the exciting careers we have on offer and encourage prospective employees for the future. 


16 years and over

We offer clinical and non-clinical work experience, involving patient contact, to individuals aged 16 years and over, for a maximum of four weeks. This includes a range of exciting opportunities, from Physiotherapy and Medicine to Radiology and more. 

Under 16 years

Unfortunately we are not able to offer work experience placements to applicants under the age of 16, but please contact us in the future.

Areas unable to offer work experience

We are unable to offer work experience in the following areas, without exception. 

  • Blood Science Laboratory
  • Bramble Ward (Children’s Ward)
  • Breast Care Unit
  • Cellular Pathology Laboratory and Services
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Emergency Department
  • Emergency Operating Theatres
  • Intensive Care
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Mortuary
  • Neo Natal Unit
  • Occupational Health
  • Paediatric Community Services
  • Paediatric Departments and Services

How to apply

Applicants will need to contact the area/ department to arrange a placement, once this is done they will need to complete the relevant forms which they will get from the department hosting the placement or the work experience team. Once the forms are completed they will need to be returned to for processing, applicants will then receive an email confirming their placement.

Work experience contacts

Due to the large amount of interest in work experience, please contact no more than two departments at any one time.

Clinical work experience

Please find below a range of contacts for clinical work experience opportunities:

Non-clinical work experience

Please find below a range of contacts for non-clinical work experience opportunities:

Please note: there are limited places available for Estates work experience 

For other areas of interest, please explore our ‘Services A-Z’ (click here) pages to find the relevant contact.

Work experience general enquiries

NHS Cadets Programme

The NHS Cadets programme is a new scheme created in partnership with the NHS providing opportunities to explore roles in healthcare. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.

The programme offers young people courses to develop their leadership and communication skills, health awareness sessions, and insight into volunteering in the NHS.

The initiative is seeking young people who might not have previously considered a career in healthcare. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds, young carers, and those not in employment, education or training (NEET) – or at risk of becoming so.

The programme will be held on Tuesday evenings at Exeter.

More information is available here.

Last updated: March 26, 2024


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