Our Trust has partnered up with the local community to provide work experience and opportunities to young people and those looking for a career change.
We recommend that anyone who is thinking of working in healthcare should complete a short period of work experience before applying to any university, apprenticeship, or career within our Trust. Not only will this provide you with the reassurance that you have made the right career choice, but it will also look good on your CV and personal statement.
UHDB employees talk about their previous work experience placements.
Work experience at UHDB
We try to offer the following :
- Work experience in clinical and non-clinical areas.
- Work experience for Year 11 pupils and above (18+ for Paediatrics, Theatres, Radiotherapy, Maternity).
- Enhanced placements for local college students studying a related course.
- Opportunities for any interested in a career change.
*Please note that we need at least 8 weeks' notice to process a work experience request and not all placements are guaranteed.
Benefits of work experience
- Excellent opportunity to see what it is like to work in the NHS.
- Gain vital experience and insight into career opportunities at UHDB.
- Help make future career decisions with confidence.
How to apply for work experience
If you have a specific specialist area of interest (e.g. medicine), please go to the Specialist Placements section below.
To apply for work experience in a nonspecific specialist area of interest, please follow the steps below:
- Download and complete the application form below. Please give as much notice as possible. Please ensure you are clear with what dates you are requesting and the area you are interested in. If these sections are not competed, it is likely that your application will be denied. Download Work Experience Application Form [docx] 144KB (opens in new window) >
- Email your application form to email@example.com.
- The Work Experience team will work to identify a suitable placement for you where possible and will be in further contact.
*Please note –There may 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Any department or manager wishing to offer work experience placements can also use this email.
Work experience and placements for careers in medicine
The medical education department organises a hospital experience programme for Year 11 and 12 students who are considering medicine as a career.
The HOSPEX programme runs over three days and students observe a range of sessions in theatres, on wards and clinics. Students have an opportunity to shadow doctors and other health care professionals in a wide variety of clinical departments throughout the Trust and can select to attend either Queen’s Hospital Burton or Royal Derby Hospital.
Due to the number of applications received for medical work experience there is a strict criterion for applicants, including the requirement that students have a minimum of four grade 7 GCSEs and must live, or go to school, in either Derbyshire or Staffordshire. Only in exceptional circumstances will students outside of these two geographical areas be considered to attend.
Enquiries regarding HOSPEX should be sent to email@example.com. Please note the HOSPEX programme is the Trust's only approved route for access to medical work experience within our hospitals and we would ask individuals not to make separate or direct approaches to departments or clinicians.
Work experience and careers in radiography
The work experience programme offered for diagnostic radiography offers you an insight into the various roles and imaging modalities: plain imaging (radiography), MRI scanning, CT scanning and ultrasound. Work experience in the x-ray department is strictly for observation and shadowing only.
It is a two-day programme, which you can spend at either the Royal Derby Hospital or Queens Hospital Burton. It may also be possible to offer some work experience at one of our community hospitals sites (Samuel Johnson Community Hospital in Lichfield or Sir Robert Peel Hospital in Tamworth).
The imaging department is keen to encourage anyone who is thinking of a career in radiography/imaging to apply. Therefore, we accept school pupils (over 16 years old), students, and anyone considering a career change.
Many universities require you to visit an imaging department before they will accept you onto their programme, and we will provide each student with a certificate of attendance for your portfolio.
For further details on work experience in radiography, imaging department or the application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radiotherapy is the use of high energy x-rays to treat diseases, mainly cancer. It is used alone or in combination with other treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy, to cure patients or reduce symptoms to improve quality of life.
Radiotherapy is a very innovative aspect within healthcare and is evolving all the time. It uses a range of advanced techniques and technology to provide safe and accurate treatment, which is delivered by machines called linear accelerators or via radioactive sources placed inside the patient on a temporary or permanent basis.
Our work experience programme offers an insight into what is involved to create a personalised treatment for each patient, the precision involved and the care that is required in being a therapeutic radiographer. During your work experience, you could be spending time within our mould room, CT, brachytherapy, superficial unit, and linear accelerator treatment machines with surface guided capabilities.
Many universities require you to visit at least one radiotherapy department before they will accept you onto their programme, and we will provide each student with a certificate of attendance for your portfolio.
You require to be 16+ years old to apply for work experience in radiotherapy. Work experience in the radiotherapy department is strictly for observation and shadowing only.
For further details on work experience in radiotherapy and application forms, please email email@example.com.
RDH and FNCH therapy work experience
Work experience and placements for careers in physiotherapy
Physiotherapy work experience is spread across 2 days, one day at the Royal Derby Hospital and one day at Florence Nightingale Community Hospital.
You will spend time in a number of different departments, to gain a good overview of the roles of a physiotherapist within a hospital setting.
We accept school pupils (must be over 16), students and those who are considering a career change, and will only accept one student at a time, so they will receive one to one attention.
Attending the course is useful for nniversity applications and each student will be provided with a certificate of attendance for your portfolio.
For further details on work experience in physiotherapy and application forms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Work experience and placements for careers in occupational therapy
Work experience in occupational therapy will give you an insight into the different departments and specialties within occupational therapy.
The experience is spread across 2 days, one day at the Royal Derby Hospital and one day at Florence Nightingale Community Hospital, where you will visit 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 email@example.com.
QHB therapy work experience
At Queen’s Hospital Burton, we want to encourage anyone who is thinking about a career in either occupational therapy or physiotherapy to take part in our therapy work experience, to help broaden their knowledge of the role and spend time with our clinicians.
We accept school pupils (must be in year 11), college students, university students and those who are considering a career change.
Therapy work experience is every Tuesday for physiotherapy (8am – 4pm), and Thursday for occupational therapy (8am – 4pm). Students will have the opportunity spend time with a number of different departments, including both inpatient and outpatient areas, to gain an overview of the role.
We only accept one student at a time, to ensure they will receive one to one attention. The student is hands-off and purely for observation and shadowing only.
Attending the course is useful for University applications and each student will be provided with a certificate of attendance for your portfolio.
To apply, please follow the instructions under the "How to apply for work experience" section.