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GP with Specialist Interest in Acute Medicine

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

Role Summary

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic GP with an interest in developing our Virtual Ward (Acute Hospital at Home) (GPwSI).  This role would be perfect for a GP looking to diversify and expand their clinical experience.

This is a new post and represents the Hospitals enthusiasm for providing a more dynamic and appropriate resource to manage the needs of the County's population.

Our Acute Hospital at Home (AHAH) service, which is nationally referred to as the ‘Virtual Ward’ programme, enables patients to receive the same treatment and rehabilitation that they’d get on a traditional hospital ward from the comfort of where they live.  

AHAH helps to avoid admission to a physical bed in our hospitals and facilitates earlier discharge from hospital. This helps us to provide the best possible care, which is decided on a patient by patient basis in a location that is best for them.  

AHAH is currently running across our Eastern services (the services formerly known as the RD&E), and we will be rolling out AHAH across our Northern services (the services formerly known as NDHT). 

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

The AHAH team works closely with specialists across the Royal Devon to provide person-centred care to our patients. 

AHAH multidisciplinary team monitor patients at home using the latest digital health techniques, phone calls to patients and use face to face reviews via ambulatory to deliver care.  

If a patient being cared for by the AHAH service requires additional investigations, the AHAH team will arrange and coordinate with any relevant specialist teams. 

Patients are discussed during daily MDT meetings and their progress is monitored, with changes to treatment plans performed rapidly as needed. The aim is that AHAH service patients will be safely discharged to their GP. The progress prior to discharge will be unique to every patient. 

This role may be offered on a fixed term or a permanent contract.

For further information please contact Dr Simon Patten, or 01392 402785.

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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