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Work experience

Work experience trainee posing

*IMPORTANT: We are currently not offering face-to-face work experience, but will be reviewing this during 2022, with a view to do so.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing work experience wherever possible.

By offering work experience the Trust is forging partnerships with the local community improving opportunities for local young people and helping address issues of inequality of opportunity and access to healthcare.

At Derby we work in partnership with local schools in the Derby area to provide work placements in various departments in the Trust.

We try to offer the following:

  • Work experience for secondary school students
  • Opportunities for post 16 students including A Level students, pre-graduates and post graduates
  • Opportunities for people interested in a career change and the unemployed to gain vital experience and insight into career opportunities in the NHS

*Please note that placements are not guaranteed.


How to apply

Applying for work experience

For information about placements at Derby and Burton, please email your query to

For candidates with a specific specialist area of interest that would like a placement at Derby, please complete the Work Experience Application Form and email this to

Download Work Experience Application Form (opens in new window) [doc] 2MB


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

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 1 to 1 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 Alison Bason at

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 the Royal Derby Hospital and a day over 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

For further information on work experience, please download our work experience guidance booklet (opens in new window) [pdf]

Any department or manager wishing to offer work experience placements at Derby or Burton at any of the 5 sites can email

Work experience and placements for careers as a Diagnostic Radiographer

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

The Benefits Of Offering Work Experience

  • Developing the supervisory and management skills our current workforce.
  • Enhancing the Trust’s public profile by support 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 candidates future employment prospects so that they can prepare, find and sustain employment.

Prince's Trust 'Get into' Programme

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The Princes Trust ‘Get Into’ Programme

Each year during the summer the Trust supports the Princes Trust 'Get Into' 4 week programme which enables 18 – 30 year olds gain employability skills within various clinical and non-clinical departments and we would welcome departments from across the Trust to offer 2 or week placements.

Departments across the Trust who have been involved in the programme by offering placements over the years, have expressed that their departments enjoy being involved in the programme and have often then offered placement each year.

Departments involved in 'Get into' programme

  • Ward 404
  • Ward 407
  • Ward 408
  • Discharge Lounge
  • Pathology Administration
  • Finance
  • Facilities Management
  • Radiotherapy
  • Transformation
  • ISS
  • Patient Experience
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Human Rescources
  • Library & Knowledge Services
  • Maternity & Gynaecology Administration

The programme consists of an induction day which covers Mandatory Training, a session on Employability Skills, Basic Life Support Training, a session on Aprenticeships and a Helipad Tour in addition to the days spent within the allocated department itself.

This is available for all of the selected individuals on the programme. The programme concludes with a Celebration Day in the last week of the programme when each individual is awarded with certificates for all training attended in a portfolio presented by the Trust.

For further information on the programme or if you would like to offer a 2 or 4 week placement, please send an email to

View Philip Ollerenshaw's ‘Get Into’ programme success story (opens in new window) [pdf] >

NHS careers events

Every year, we hold an NHS careers event for 14-19 year olds at Royal Derby Hospital.

This free event consists of a market place as well as scheduled career talks, helping students to get information on academic and career paths for both clinical and non-clincal careers.

Widening Participation

The Trust is keen to engage with local schools where possible.

If you are a member of staff, and would like to visit a school within the Derby City, Derbyshire or Staffordshire area to deliver a talk or presentation on a particular career pathway, please email

This would be an ideal opportunity for volunteers from 'hard to recruit to' professions to visit schools in order to influence subject options and career choices.