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Consultant in Acute Medicine

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

Role Summary

We recognise that the AMU is an exciting but intensive arena to work in, and so we invite you to design your job plan with us to create a role that is sustainable and enables you to deliver your best.

You might split your time in the AMU with work in another speciality, taking part in research, teaching or developing your management competencies.

Whichever you choose, you’ll be supported by a Trust that truly values its staff and prides itself on patient care, learning and rapid career progression.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

If this sounds like an innovative and forward-thinking approach, then that’s us as a Trust. Newly formed in April 2022 by bringing together the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, our combined acute medicine units provide assessment and urgent treatment to a population of 615,000 and our specialist services to a wider population across the South West Peninsula.

We are looking for consultant colleagues to join our team in acute medicine in North Devon, joining a team of forward-thinking doctors in a dynamic trust, able to effect changes in our service and make a real difference to the welfare of our patients. NDDH has an Acute Medicine  Unit (AMU) of 26 beds and a newly developed Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) area. SDEC is our way of innovating care, where we offer rapid access to diagnostics and procedures. Suitable patients are diagnosed and managed by experienced middle grade doctors and fully supported by a team of Advanced Care Practitioners. Building on our successes, we now wish to expand this service and increase our percentage of patients though same day care.

Our ambitious Virtual Ward project began a year ago and is well established. We hold 50 patients under Virtual Ward, covering a portfolio of conditions that we now manage in the patient’s home. We aim to double this number by the end of 2023. An Enhanced Care Area within AMU is in development.

The Trust has an electronic patient record (EPIC), a multi-million-pound research facility, a significant development budget and big plans for the future.

We are committed to offering genuinely workable job plans, recognising that acute medicine is a challenging specialty. As a consultant group we promote different working options, plus diverse portfolios, to make our jobs balanced and sustainable. If you wish to discuss a job plan combining specialty work with acute medicine, then please do get in touch.

We are based in Devon in the South West of England; a county renowned for its natural beauty, schools, infrastructure and quality of life. If you are interested in finding out more about the positions available, we’d love to hear from you. A relocation package is on offer to help get you settled, should you choose to join us.

Interview Date: 21st September 2023

For further information please contact Emily Simpson, Executive and Specialist Recruitment Lead on 07958 931414 or for an informal chat about this fantastic opportunity or visit to find out more about why we are consistently voted as one of the best NHS Trusts in the country to work for.

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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