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Work experience

"Experience counts whether you're are just leaving school, have just left or want to change career....."

We offer work experience placements at Darent Valley Hospital, we are unable to offer placements at Queen Mary's Hospital, Erith & District Hospital or Elm Court.

For work experience placements, please consider which of the following options most closely fits your needs and follow the instructions on how to express an interest. We will not be able to consider applications where you do not fit the criteria or do not follow the correct procedure. Work experience placements are, in the first instance available to students within the local area.

Placements available

15 years and over applicants

  • Limited placements are available for non-clinical roles within the Medical Records Department or other locations around the hospital.

Contact details

Work Experience

Darent Valley Hospital
Darenth Wood Road
Kent  DA2 8DA


Due to the high volume of applications please do not send emails or telephone for updates. 

17 years and over applicants

Clinical placements in a shadowing capacity are only available to students who are 17 years or over and must be requested directly with the Consultant. Students are required to write to the Consultant (not email) enclosing their CV along with the dates they would like a placement.

  • Physiotherapy only accept students who wish to train at university and need the experience for their application (proof maybe required). Placement within the Physiotherapy environment will give students an insight into General Medicine, Trauma Orthopaedics, Stroke and MSK. Only 8 students will be offered a one day placement in either April or August (this may be subject to change).
  • Occupational Therapy offer placements for students applying to university - to find out more and to apply please visit the Occupational Therapy section of this website.
  • Nutrition and Dietetics offer placements for students applying to university - to find out more and to apply please visit the Nutrition and Dietetics section of this website.

18 years and over applicants

  • The Radiology Department accept students on a one day placement to assist with their university application.
  • The Microbiology Departments only accept students to assist with a university application. 
  • The Pathology Laboratory only accept graduate students for a minimum of three months. Applications will go directly to the Microbiology Manager. 

If you are interested in a work experience placement please complete the online application form remembering to attach your CV. Please do not complete this form if you are looking for a placement in Occupational Therapy, the Pathology Laboratory or to shadow a Consultant.

Another option is volunteeringhelping to provide valuable support to patients and staff. This involves non-clinical care and other tasks, and is another way of getting an idea of what it is like to work in the health and social care sector.


  • Applications for work experience at Darent Valley Hospital will only be accepted via the online form (except shadowing Consultants).

  • Maternity, Pharmacy and Haemotology Departments do not accept placement.

  • All Paediatric placements must be sent for the attention of Dr Suresh Kumar.

Work experience is unpaid and we are unable to offer expenses. Unfortunately, we cannot offer feedback if you are unsuccessful in your application.