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Work experience

“This experience made me want to become a doctor even more and has let me recognise other roles and responsibilities in the NHS”

“I honestly cannot describe how much I have learnt during the week’s experience. I have learnt so much which has been so interesting and detailed”

“I enjoyed the clinical skills particularly, because we had a lot to do and it was quite fast moving. I also enjoyed our clinical placement because they gave me a brilliant view of how the hospital is run and how all of the roles within the hospital interlink”

“The thing I enjoyed the most was going on our placements and learning about what is on different wards and learning about things like Dementia”

“It has given me the opportunity to understand the different roles in the NHS, which I now definitely want to work in!”

Demand for work experience opportunities generally exceeds the number of placements we can offer. Schools within North Devon are sent application forms in September, the Career Adviser’s will issue these to students who are genuinely interested in pursuing a career within the health service.  In January/February a representative from our Trust will come into each school to interview those students who have submitted an application form and a formal interview will take place.  2 students from each school may be selected.

What we offer

For year 10 students [14/15 years of age]

A one week Work Experience Programme – normally the 1st week of July

This one week programme consisting of three classroom days, with talks and practical sessions provided by a variety of NHS professional, and two days observing staff within the hospital and health and social care setting.

NOTE: This is currently only available at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

The 3 classroom days cover confidentiality, an introduction to the NHS, tour of the Hospital followed by talks and practical sessions by:-

  • Infection Control
  • Nurse and Ward Clerk – Team work
  • Medical Laboratories
  • Basic Life Support
  • Consultant Surgeon
  • Day in the life of a Junior Dr
  • The role of the Midwife
  • Clinical skills – practical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiography
  • Speech and Language
  • Orthoptist
  • Operating Development Practitioner

The other 2 days will be spent shadowing/observing professionals within the hospital and visiting a health and social care setting.

During this time students will be supervised at all times. Before commencing activities they will be briefed further on confidentiality issues. When students are observing an activity involving a patient, the patient’s consent must be obtained beforehand.

Students will not be taken into A&E, Theatres or the Children’s’/Maternity Ward.

Students will not be exposed to any invasive procedures or activities that will compromise the privacy and dignity of patients.

It is expected that supervisors will engage the students in as much as possible and provide verbal explanation of the activities being performed.