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Rotational Physiotherapist (Acute/Community Services)

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

Role Summary

  • To be responsible for their own workload within the designated clinical area; for the assessment and treatment of patients on a day-to-day basis, including acute respiratory deterioration.
  • To rotate to a different area of Physiotherapy on a 6 monthly basis
  • To be flexible to support occupational therapy and physiotherapy colleagues in ensuring safe and timely discharge when working in inpatient areas.
  • To attend and contribute to training sessions to ensure continued professional development
  • To actively assist in the smooth running of the service throughout the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
  • To provide service to other areas of the Trust when operational pressure require it.
  • To provide cover for on-call and at weekends and Bank Holidays on a rota participating in seven day working as required.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Physiotherapist to join the Physiotherapy service working at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (RDUH – Eastern services). We have vacancies on our Band 5 rotational programme which will suit Physiotherapists with previous experience at Band 5 level or Physiotherapists who qualified in 2023 and looking at their first registered role.

This rotational role will allow the successful applicant to develop their clinical skills and reasoning through working across acute and community settings, facilitating the completion of a preceptorship programme where appropriate.

Specialities include, Acute Respiratory Medicine, ICU, Neurology (including stroke), General Medicine, Surgery, T&O, Health for older People and Community Rehabilitation. Effective communication, competent assessment skills, sound knowledge of the Hospital discharge process and a patient-centred approach to Physiotherapy must be possessed by the applicant.

Whilst the successful applicant will frequently be expected to work as an autonomous practitioner there will be strong links with the multidisciplinary team working in the hospital. There will also be opportunities to work closely with senior therapists to enable continued professional development. 

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation trust (RDUH – Eastern services) is a welcoming Trust, focussed on valuing a person’s differences and encouraging them to grow and flourish in their role in healthcare. It is set in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK with easy access to the coast and the Dartmoor national park. 

It is essential that the applicant has a valid driver’s licence and has access to a road worthy vehicle for use at work.

Working Pattern: Hours vary between rotations but are typically between the hours of 8am to 8pm with overnight on-calls on a monthly basis. This post carries an expectation to work flexibly over 7 days, including weekends, bank holidays and on the on-call respiratory rota.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Rob Wickins, Head of Acute Physiotherapy on 01392 402487 /

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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