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Physiotherapist Rotational

Main Responsibility

About North Devon

North Devon also offers a scenic and beautiful place to live. The hospital is close to a dramatic coastline and surrounded by green pastures, rugged moors and pockets of woodland. Many of the staff in our department value the opportunity to leave work and be 20 minutes away from a surf or long walk on the beach.

**As this post is in a shortage occupation code it qualifies for the Trust’s Recommend a Friend Scheme, please find further information on the attached link**

** Please note that this post is open to Return to Practice applicants**


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

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

More detail about the role

The Physiotherapy Department in the Northern service, form part of the broader Therapy Team which is at the forefront of innovation and development, in both our services and our people. By joining the team, you can expect to be invested in, supported and given the tools you need to succeed in your role and progress in your career.

We are able to offer excellent experience in all core rotations, including; musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics, surgical, medical and rehabilitation wards, ICU, neurology, and community placements. The rotation programme is designed to consolidate and build on graduate skills and academic knowledge by participating in Continual Professional Development and other training opportunities. This provides both an excellent service to the local community and a positive learning environment from which to grow and develop your clinical and professional skills.

Musculoskeletal out-patient team

The Musculoskeletal out-patient department offer rotations at the North Devon Hospital Site and at Bideford Community Hospital. It is a busy department and you will learn from working alongside an experienced workforce and in a variety of different settings including the physiotherapy OP gym and hydrotherapy pool.

Inpatient team

The inpatient team at NDDH offer rotations within medical, surgical, and ICU specialities. The team run a robust competency and in-service training programme, buddy system and clinical simulation suite sessions to support new Band 5’s to develop the necessary skills to contribute to the on-call rota.

Neuro rehab team

The Neuro rehab team work across in-patient, community (ESD) and OP settings to provide specialist, evidence-based Neuro rehab to patients following stroke or other neurological diagnosis. Whilst on rotation within the service you will work with an innovative and dynamic team who continuously review models of delivery to provide services that optimise rehab opportunities for our patients.

Community team

The community service has been central to the redesign of pathways following the pandemic. They offer rotations within the Barnstaple community team and Ilfracombe community team and form a vital link between primary care and secondary care, NHS, social services and the voluntary sector. On this rotation you will learn to address the holistic needs of the patient in their home environment and the importance of integration within wider services.

Why join the therapies team?

We are a friendly and dedicated team. By joining the department, you will be joining a group of likeminded professionals who aim to rehabilitate patients, avoid admissions and promote health, well-being and independence.


Innovation is central to therapies at the Royal Devon, demonstrated by the implementation of several new initiatives and the development of non-traditional roles in recent years including a Research and Innovation Lead. We are not afraid of adopting new techniques, as shown by the introduction of our ultrasound-guided injection therapy in Orthopaedic and Neurology pathways.

Supporting you

For those joining the Royal Devon University hospital Trust, the Preceptorship Programme has been developed to support the preceptee during their transition from student to newly registered practitioner. It incorporates a buddy system which was nominated for a National Award. Overall the 12-month programme aims to be supportive and to facilitate the further development of professional knowledge, skills and values.

Career development and progression

Training and development opportunities are in high supply here, whether you are interested in clinical or leadership development, courses, secondments or placements. We’ll support you in finding the best way to grow. There has been the recent introduction of consultant AHP’s within physiotherapy, first contact practitioners working in primary care settings and clinical educator posts across all specialities to name but a few.


To find out more about therapies careers, please take a look at our brochure:


“North Devon is a great place to flourish, if you’re considering joining the team I’d say don’t hesitate to apply. Not all places have the developmental infrastructure that the Royal Devon has created, they really give you the wings to fly.” Gethin Lynch, MSK Consultant Physiotherapist

Work life balance

A healthy work-life balance is essential, and Devon is a great place to enjoy it.

This role is for 37.5 hours per week. We have a flexible working policy that we are happy to discuss suitable options for you and the department.

Working Pattern: Monday to Friday 37.5 hours also working on weekend rota

Interview Date: Tuesday 3rd January 2023

For further information please contact Catherine Sandbach Neurorehabilitation Service Lead on 01271 322375

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.

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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