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Work experience

By offering work experience, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton is creating partnerships with our local community, improving opportunities for young people and helping to address issues of inequality of opportunity and access to healthcare. Work Experience can help you choose the right career for you.


We try to offer the following:

  • Work experience/placements for Year 11 pupils and above, including A- Level students and local college students, studying a related course.
  • Opportunities for people interested in a career change and the unemployed to gain vital experience and insight into career opportunities in the NHS.
  • Both clinical and non-clinical work experience placements.

*Please note that placements are not guaranteed.


Benefits of offering Work Experience

  • Excellent opportunity to see what it is like to work in the NHS.
  • Develop and grow our future workforce.
  • Enhancing the Trust’s public profile by supporting the community.
  • Accessing a pool of hidden talent including candidates that offer enthusiasm and different perspectives.
  • Promoting workforce diversity.
  • Have a positive impact on a candidate’s future employment prospects so that they can prepare, find and sustain employment.


Secondary Schools and Colleges

We work in partnership with local schools and colleges in the Derbyshire/ Staffordshire area to provide work experience placements for Year 11 and over in various departments within the Trust.

*We encourage you to obtain a full Covid-19 Vaccination to protect yourself, our staff and our patients.


How to apply 

We are re-opening work experience from September 2022.

Please complete the application form below if you are interested in work experience at UHDB. (If you have previously submitted an application form, please re-submit this from 30 May 2022.) Please pay attention to the relevant information section on the application form as this will be used to support your request.


We will work to identify a suitable placement for you where possible and will be in further contact. Please give as much notice as possible, in order for your placement to be arranged.

* Please note – we will not always be able to accommodate long placements and there will often be times where we have to limit our offer to 1-2 days.  There may also be times where we are unable to accommodate dates requested.     

For information about placements at any UHDB site, please email your query to uhdb.workexperience@nhs.net. Any department or manager wishing to offer work experience placements at any of our sites can also use this email.

For candidates with a specific specialist area of interest, please complete the Work Experience Application Form below, and email this to uhdb.workexperience@nhs.net.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, there is a separate course available through HOSPEX. For queries relating to this, please email Aki Nijjar at aki.nijjar@nhs.net

NHS careers events

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton actively support and host NHS careers events. These events are fantastic resources for young adults who are unsure on their career path and to find out more about what UHDB can offer you.

Please look out for these events advertised here and via our social media pages on Facebook/Twitter.

Work experience and careers in diagnostic radiography

The work experience programme offered for diagnostic radiography within the Imaging Departments gives candidates an insight into the various roles and imaging modalities - plain imaging (radiography), MRI scanning, CT scanning and Ultrasound.

The Imaging Department is keen to encourage anyone who is thinking of a career in radiography/imaging whatever their age. Therefore we accept school pupils (over 16 years of age), students, and anyone considering a career change.

It is a two day programme which you can spend at either the Royal Derby Hospital or Queens Hospital, Burton-on-Trent. This gives a good overview of the role of a radiographer within a hospital setting. It may also be possible to offer some work experience at one of our community hospitals sites e.g. Samuel Johnson Community Hospital, Lichfield or Sir Robert Peel Hospital, Tamworth.

Work experience in the x-ray department is strictly for observation and shadowing only.

Attending work experience is useful as many universities require you to have visited an imaging department before they will accept you onto their diagnostic radiography programme.

For further details on work experience in radiography and the imaging department, and application forms, please email at uhdb.radiologyrecruitment@nhs.net.

Work experience and placements for careers in medicine

If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine there is a separate course available through HOSPEX. For queries relating to work experience that is related to medicine, please email Aki Nijjar at aki.nijjar@nhs.net.

Work experience and placements for careers in physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy Department is keen to encourage anyone who is thinking of a career in Physiotherapy whatever their age. Therefore we accept school pupils (must be over 16), students and those who are considering a career change.

The course is for two days, one at Royal Derby Hospital and one at Florence Nightingale Community Hospital, during which time the students spend time in a number of different departments. This gives a good overview of the role of physiotherapists within a hospital setting. We only accept one student at a time so they will receive one to one attention.

Attending the course is useful for University applications and we can provide a letter of confirmation.

For further details on work experience in Physiotherapy and application forms please email dhft.Therapy@nhs.net.

Work experience and placements for careers in occupational therapy

The work experience programme offered within Occupational Therapy gives candidates an insight into a selection of the different departments/specialties in which Occupational Therapy work. It is a two day programme where you get to spend a day at Royal Derby Hospital and a day at Florence Nightingale Community Hospital visiting various departments.

Work experience in the clinical areas are strictly for observation and shadowing only in Occupational Therapy.

For further details on work experience in Occupational Therapy and application forms please email uhdb.otworkexperience@nhs.net.