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Consultant Rheumatologist

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Consultant Rheumatologist to join our well established department at Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation trust (RDUH). This is an 8PA replacement post which has become vacant following one of our consultant colleagues leaving the department to work abroad.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

The successful candidate would take responsibility for an existing cohort of patients previously under our colleague’s care with an opportunity to develop subspecialist interests and participate in joint clinics in for example dermatology, vasculitis and CTD/ILD. Experience in musculoskeletal and temporal artery ultrasound is desirable to help consolidate our growing Early Arthritis and Giant Cell Arteritis services.

In February 2022 the rheumatology team in Exeter moved to the Nightingale Hospital which is situated 2.5 miles from the main site. The team work in a large dedicated space within the Nightingale hospital which comprises of 6 clinic rooms, 2 treatment rooms and an infusion unit. The site benefits from onsite same day X-ray facilities and phlebotomy services. Office space and parking are available at Osprey house which is a two minute walk from the Nightingale Hospital.

The Rheumatology Team serves the population of 450,000 of Mid and East Devon with general outpatient clinics at the Nightingale Hospital and nearby community hospitals. In addition, there are specialist award winning Early Synovitis clinics as well as Osteoporosis and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Clinics. Furthermore there are Combined Dermatology, Vasculitis (with Renal Physician), Pain Management, and Paediatric Clinics.

The previous post holder Dr Abusalameh established a fast-track GCA service in the department incorporating temporal artery ultrasound. Three rheumatology consultants perform temporal artery ultrasounds regularly and run dedicated MSK ultrasound clinics.

The appointed candidate would be encouraged to participate in the delivery of both services with opportunities to learn or improve temporal artery and MSK ultrasound scanning.

Working Pattern: 8 PA's

Interview Date: 29th April 2024

For further information please contact: Matthew Cates Clinical Lead on

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 34 days plus bank holidays depending on grade and years of service.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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