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Peripatetic Ward Clerk

Main Responsibility

  • Provide a proactive and professional welcome to the ward reception, acting as the public face for the RD&E NHS Trust
  • Deliver an efficient administrative and clerical service to the Ward Team 
  • Maintain effective communication to both patients, relatives and staff in order to ensure the smooth running of the ward; enhancing patient care
  • Ensure all information is secure and confidentiality of information is maintained at all times
  • Provide excellent customer care which may include communication with distressed and anxious patients and relatives, treating them with tact and empathy
  • Ensure the professional image of the Trust is maintained at all times   


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'll help you get there.

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're 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'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll 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'd love to hear from you.

About the role





This is a substantive post

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person who is able to cover a variety of shifts to join the Acute Medical Unit administration team in a ward clerk role. The Acute Medical Unit is linked to the Emergency Department and GP services and is based at the RD&E main hospital site.

Our team is made up of an Admin Services Manager, an Admin Line Manager, a Team Leader and there are 22 members of our friendly dedicated admin staff.

We have a team of Ward Consultants and Doctors as well as Ward Matrons and Nursing staff to look after.

The Acute Medical Unit deals with approximately 21,000 admissions per year and is an exciting and stimulating place to work.  You will deal with referrals from the Emergency Department and also from GP’s, admitting patients onto the ward and dealing with their subsequent pathway through the hospital.

You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a pleasant telephone manner.  It is essential that you have the ability to deal with patients calmly, sensitively and efficiently both on the telephone and in person.

You will need to have the ability to use your own initiative, prioritising your workload to meet the changing needs of the department.

If you feel you would be able to meet the demands of this challenging and rewarding role, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Working pattern: 15 hours per week - shifts to be arranged 4 weeks in advance.

This is a peripatetic role and therefore there is no shift pattern – the hours will be agreed with the Admin Team Leader in advance and could cover 0800-1600, 0900-1700, 1600-2200, 1700-220 or 2200-0800

Key to this role is the ability to be flexible and adaptable

Salary: £20,270-21,318 (pro rata) + enhanced pay for working out of hours (20000-0800 and weekends)

Interview date: TBC

Please contact Kelly Haynes (Admin Team Leader) or Joanne Paltridge (Medical Support Secretary) for further information and to arrange a visit to the department on 01392 402785 or email /

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 this 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.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you'll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


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