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RDH work experience

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

*Due to Covid 19 the Trust is not currently supporting work experience placements for 2020. However applicants are still welcome to apply for a placement in 2021 should work experience resume in 2021. However 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


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 London Road 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 London Road 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 read the Work Experience Guidelines

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

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.

Some of the departments that have been involved since 2014 are :-

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

Click here to read Philip Ollerenshaw's success story

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.

The last NHS careers event took place on Friday 1 February 2019. Follow our social media channel for updates on our next event in early 2020.

Widening Participation - Inspiring a Future Workforce

The Trust is keen to engage with local schools where possible

Should any clinical or non-clinical staff member like to visit any school within the Derby City, Derbyshire or Staffordshire area to deliver a talk or presentation on a particular career pathway in order to inspire our future generation, 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.