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Research Fellow Post in Urology

Role Summary

Applications are invited for the post of Urology Clinical Research Fellow based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust. The post will commence in August 2024.

The post holder will have a 12 month post in the Urology department which will include the opportunity to carry out supervised research projects in Urology and to gain additional clinical experience and training.

The appointment is full-time but less than full time working would be considered.  The post will consist of both clinical commitments and research with the research time being protected. The unit have a number of national clinical trials open and would involve the candidate in the recruitment to these trials if of interest.  

Whilst there will be opportunity to gain theatre experience, the research post would be best suited to a candidate with an interest in audit, quality improvement and research in preparation for application for a urology national training number (NTN).  There has been an excellent success rate for trainees gaining a training number applying from this post.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

For the research part of the post, the post holder will have opportunity to:

  1. Be involved in several research projects
  2. Actively participate in Departmental audit/s
  3. Actively participate in teaching and supporting the Foundation School trainees and Medical Students attached to the Department.
  4. Actively support the other registrars and fellows in the Department to arrange and support a teaching rota for medical students and junior doctors.
  5. Be involved in recruitment to national clinical trials

Clinically, the post holder will have responsibilities to provide

  1. Flexible cystoscopy/haematuria lists in the endoscopy department.
  2. Telephone and/or face to face out-patient clinics
  3. There is an on-call commitment in urology which currently runs as a 1 in 6 with the expectation of reduced frequency due to expansion within the middle grade posts. It is a non-resident on call supported by a consultant of the week in Exeter and provide phone advice for North Devon and Torbay. The appointee will have compensatory time off following on-call duties. The on call will involve supporting the on-call consultant urologist with: ward work, inpatient referrals.
  4. There will be the opportunity to attend inpatient and day case theatre sessions with the consultants where possible to gain experience.

The posts would suit candidates with the MRCS (or equivalent) and at least 2 years’ urological experience who wish to obtain further urology registrar level experience prior to national selection for an ST3 post.

The department provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and operative urological procedures including core urology, endourology and core paediatric urology. Exeter is a major centre for robotic urological surgery and a regional tertiary referral centre for urological oncology, in particular for pelvic surgery and nephron-sparing surgery.

Working Pattern: 40 hours per week plus on call activity 

Interview Date: TBC 

For further information please contact: 

Mr Nick Campain, Consultant Urologist on 01392 402539 or via email:

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

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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