Work experience

Work experience – keeping everyone safe and reducing risk

Supporting local people to gain experience of working in the health and care services is really important to us. Unfortunately, due to a range of factors, at present we are unable to offer work experience in any of our services. We are working on a plan to restart our work experience offer and we will share more information with you about this over the next few months.

Working towards Excellence

We actively encourage those who are interested in careers in the NHS to apply. We are keen to support individuals from the age of 16 wishing to obtain work experience across the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust locality (to include Kingsbridge).

Whilst there are a large variety of opportunities available within our NHS Trust and we endeavour to process all applications as quickly as possible. Our first priority is to our patients or service users; therefore during periods of high demand there may be some delay between processing your application and securing the appropriate placement.

Please be aware placements are not guaranteed.

Work experience is on an observation only basis and therefore will be supervised at all times.


Due to the high demand of applications we receive, we will only accept requests via either of the following methods:

  • Directly from one of the education providers within our Trust boundary area (to include Kingsbridge) – please contact your tutor to make the referral directly to us.
  • You are an adult (not in education) and you reside within our Trust boundary area (see map)
  • Application forms must be read carefully and fully completed. Failure to do this may result in them being rejected. All forms must be returned to the Work Experience Team no later than 4 weeks prior to the placement.
  • To ensure fairness to all, only one work experience opportunity per person will be permitted per 12 months.

Adult applicants only: Photo ID (driving licence or passport etc) will be required at the time of receiving an ID badge.

Year 10 placements

Way Finder is the only option for Students aged 14 to 16 years old. To apply you must follow the same process as 16+ Students and be referred via the Education Providers (schools). Due to the high demand for these placements we offer two spaces per school for their allocated work experience week.

How to apply

Those in education (including higher education) must be referred via their education provider i.e. College, 6th Form, or University.

Contact us

Please note, we are not able to offer any placements at present, but if you have any questions about different ideas instead of work experience, please contact the team via our contact form.

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