The Big Hospital Experiment

Can young people with no clinical experience make a positive difference to patient care in the NHS?

As part of a daring 6-week social experiment, 14 volunteers aged 18-24 are helping nurses on Royal Derby Hospital's most busiest wards. 
From hourly patient checks to washing, feeding and talking to patients, some volunteers thrive whilst others find the reality of care an emotional struggle.

Watch The Big Hospital Experiment on BBC Two to see if anyone can work in the caring sector, or if it takes a certain type of person to handle the
blood, sweat and tears of the NHS.

Watch The Big Hospital Experiment, BBC Two, Wednesday 9pm

Meet the team

Karen Hill, Senior nurse

Karen Hill, Senior Nurse

Are you interested in becoming a clinical volunteer?

Karen Hill, Senior Nurse, and two volunteers


Following the success of The Big Hospital Experiment we are hoping to introduce a clinical volunteer role at UHDB Trust in 2020.

If you’re aged 18-25 and you’d like to register your interest, please email your name, contact number and a short description about yourself to