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Consultant in Palliative Medicine

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

Role Summary

Looking to take part in research and innovation, service development or teaching within a Trust that prides itself on patient care, learning and career progression?

The Royal Devon Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is looking to appoint a Consultant in Palliative Medicine. This new role is being recruited into the well-established Specialist Palliative Care Team (SPCT) based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and will support the provision of specialist palliative and end of life care across our acute and community services.

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 will provide strategic direction and medical leadership to develop excellence in clinical care across Eastern Services and develop strong collaborative working relationships across both professional and organisational boundaries to include local and regional stakeholders within the Integrated Care System ‘One Devon’.

There is flexibility for full-time and part-time working. Although based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, the post is likely to have sessional commitments in our Eastern Community services e.g. supporting the Sidmouth Hospice at Home service.

As described in the recruitment pack, the SPCT are currently supported by in-reach sessions from Consultants in Palliative Medicine who are based at Hospiscare (located in the hospital grounds). This newly created post is intended to expand Medical Consultant provision on-site at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and will be supported by Consultant colleagues based in our Northern Services and Hospiscare.

There is potential for the successful candidate to further develop teaching and research links with the University of Exeter Medical School (for which Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is a main clinical site), as well as contributing to clinical governance, patient safety and quality improvement work.  There will also be opportunities to participate in locality, regional and SW England network educational and training activities such as journal clubs and meetings with other Consultants in Palliative Medicine.

The Trust has an electronic patient record (EPIC), a multi-million-pound research facility, a significant development budget and ambitious plans for the future. We will support new consultants to co-design a viable job plan and to develop innovative new services or pursue research and teaching interests. The Royal Devon is committed to developing our Palliative Medicine service and bringing the very best clinicians to Devon.

We are based in the South West of England, in 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.

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

For further information please contact:

Nurse Consultant – Palliative Medicine (Eastern)

Jessica Gillett


Consultant – Palliative Medicine (Northern)

Dr Hasib Choudhury


Consultant – Palliative Medicine (Hospiscare & Eastern)

Dr Jenny Hayes


Deputy Medical Director – Community Care Group

Dr Lynsey Webb



Closing date: 1st July 2024 at 5 pm

Interview date: 19th July 2024


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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