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Learning and Development Divisional Secretary

Role Summary

The post-holder will provide a high quality, professional secretarial service to support the efficient and effective operation of the portfolio of work for:

  • Associate Director of People Development
  • Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers
  • Head of Culture & People Development
  • Head of Digital Learning Experience
  • Head of Clinical Professional Development

The post-holder will also be required to organise a range of meetings and produce minutes to a high standard, as well as supporting with the management of the Associate Directors’ mailbox, dealing with correspondence and flagging urgent matters appropriately, whilst maintaining the confidentiality of highly sensitive information at all times.

Effective prioritisation is an essential requirement and the successful candidate will require strong organisational skills to ensure work is carried out efficiently and deadlines are met in a busy, fast-paced environment. The post holder is expected to be proactive and work independently of instruction when required. The role requires a flexible and dynamic person with good organisational skills, computer literacy and a positive can-do attitude.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

As the Divisional Secretary for the Learning & Development Team you will provide high-quality & professional secretarial support to the Associate Director of People Development (ADPD) and various Heads of Department within the Learning & Development Team. With strong organisational skills and the ability to work on your own initiative you will make the most of your experience in diary management, meeting administration and proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite. The post will offer the successful candidate a great deal of flexibility in terms of working pattern and location, with the ability to work from home or on-site either in our Eastern or Northern services. The role is highly varied and your working day will change from one day to the next, be that through supporting a virtual/in-person Learning & Development event, note-taking/action-tracking at all level of Trust meetings or managing stakeholder expectations and diary requests on behalf of the ADPD or various Heads of Department. This is a busy and face-paced role supporting a team right at the heart of making the Royal Devon a great place to work through providing comprehensive and varied learning, development and training opportunities for our staff.

Working Pattern: 21 hours per week. Flexible

Interview Date: Tuesday 20th June 2023.

For further information please contact: Lisa Denning, Associate Director of People Development - 07739 765512 /,  Alex Kinman – PA to the Chief People Officer –

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

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 33 days plus bank holidays.

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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