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Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist

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

Role Summary

This post will sit within the respiratory and medical rehabilitation teams which covers the areas of surgery, acute medicine, frailty, intensive care and the medical assessment unit.  There is also a requirement to work on the respiratory on call roster which covers adults and paediatrics.

Main duties of the job

  • To perform physiotherapeutic assessment of patients, to provide a diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme.
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To supervise Junior staff in their development.
  • To be actively involved in Service developments and innovations.

About the Role

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 Us

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

More detail about the role

We’re looking for a Specialist Physiotherapist to join our respiratory rotation at North Devon District Hospital. If you would like to progress your career in a forward-thinking therapy department then we want to hear from you.

Opportunities within this role include:

  • To develop skills on critical care, surgical wards, paediatrics and in medical specialities.


  • Supervising junior staff in their development and progression within their roles.
  • Service development and teaching opportunities within the established teaching programme and Quality Improvement initiatives.


  • Working as a multidisciplinary team within the Trust with excellent links and support from our respiratory consultants.


About You

You will need to have Specialist knowledge, experience and an interest in Respiratory Physiotherapy and be willing to work in a variety of areas. You will be required to be an autonomous practitioner, to be up to date with evidence-based practice and be able to assess and treat patients who are acutely unwell and have complex needs.

Are you:

  • Passionate about improving the lives of local people
  • Committed to developing both yourself and others
  • A strong team player who wants to further develop their specialist skills within respiratory
  • An excellent communicator who can problem solve quickly and effectively while demonstrating sound clinical knowledge in all core areas
  • Intuitive and capable of delivering high quality and safe physiotherapy interventions from a well-developed knowledge and skill base
  • Keen to continuously improve services are essential attributes


Why join the Royal Devon Northern site therapies team?

Training and development opportunities are in high supply here, whether you are interested in clinical or leadership development, courses, secondments or placements. You can develop clinical skills through regular supervision, internal and external professional development opportunities as well as training through our state-of-the-art simulation suite. There will be opportunities to develop your skills as a clinical supervisor with students, junior therapists and therapy clinical support workers. We have close links with our Peninsula colleagues across the South West. We’ll support you in finding the best way to grow.

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. We are continuing to develop the Respiratory Outpatient Therapy Service. The inpatient team has completed a quality improvement project using a Therapy bike resulting in patients benefiting from increased rehabilitation time, improved mood, engagement and muscle strength.

Preceptorship programme If you are joining us from outside the UK, or returning to practice, your first few days can feel quite challenging. Our preceptorship programme will help you find your feet and develop your knowledge and skills so you feel more confident and competent in the care you are delivering.

You’ll be valued, respected and empowered whatever your background and whichever route into therapies you choose.

' I moved to North Devon a couple of years ago to continue my career as a physiotherapist in an outdoor location suited to my lifestyle. I have loved being able to surf after work with colleagues, run the coast path and cycle around the beautiful landscape. Everyone I have met at the hospital has been super friendly, and in particular the therapy team. I have been supported well during my time at NDDH and been offered good opportunities for my career development. Each rotation has challenged me in different ways and has taught me a wide variety of skills.'  TH – Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist.

Please see our therapies careers brochure to learn more about all the career progression opportunities available to you. Click here:

Working Pattern: 

This is a full-time post, Monday to Friday, the post holder is required to work on the Respiratory on call rota.

We have a flexible working policy that we are happy to discuss suitable options for you and the department.

Interview Date: 14th December 2022

For further information please contact Lisa Bashford / Ruth Wood (Respiratory Advanced Practitioner) on 01271 322 577 Bleep 089 /

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.


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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