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Consultants in Healthcare for the Older Person and Stroke Medicine

Role Summary

This is an amazing opportunity to design a consultant post to suit your career aspirations. There is scope for working within frailty, orthogeriatrics, movement disorders, syncope, stroke and peri-operative medicine. We also encourage and support opportunities to take part in research and innovation, service development and teaching, all within a large Trust that prides itself on patient care and the well-being of our staff.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

The Royal Devon is seeking to appoint Consultant Physicians in Healthcare for the Older Person and Stroke Medicine based at the North Devon District Hospital site in Barnstaple.

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust to provide core services to a population of 615,000 and specialist services to a wider population across the South West Peninsula. It is a unique organisation with integrated acute and community services across North and mid Devon that shares one advanced electronic notes system (EPIC) with an integrated patient portal. The departments of healthcare for the older person are fully integrated and work closely together as one team. Consultants deliver face-to-face, and remote care from both the Barnstaple and Exeter sites. The department will support newly appointed consultants to develop sub-specialty interests and to pursue research and teaching interests.

The Royal Devon is committed to developing services in North Devon and wants to bring the very best clinicians to this beautiful part of the country. This is a great opportunity to make your mark by developing and upgrading our elderly care services with the support of our senior management and team of consultants. We have invested significantly in our infrastructure and have a dementia friendly ward, as well as developing pathways for our frail patients to improve access. We are also developing our community hospital beds to become a beacon for non-acute frailty services.

We also operate a very strong non-medical model with excellent therapy leadership and our Pathfinder team are the link between acute and community, helping to reduce admissions and support complex discharges. This team comprises senior nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers as well as support staff, ensuring an excellent level of patient care.

The Trust has a multi-million-pound clinical research facility, is a NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, has a significant development budget, and big plans for the future. In addition to this, we are based in Devon in the South West of England; a county renowned for its natural beauty including pristine beaches and beautiful moorland, excellent schools, good transport links and a great quality of life.

If you are interested in finding out more about the positions available, we would love to hear from you and would be delighted to host an exploratory weekend visit for you.

We understand that relocating for a new role can be a significant step, both personally and financially. We offer a generous financial incentive, relocation package and support to help ease the transition for those considering relocation.  

To find out more please read the attached consultant information pack 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.

We are trialling a shortened recruitment process for this role, which will allow us to accept CVs or online applications. Please contact Emily Simpson on 07958 931414 for a confidential informal chat in the first instance.

Working Pattern:  Please see attached information pack

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.

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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