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Senior Staff Nurse

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

Role Summary

Are you looking to be part of something new and exciting? If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for a registered nurse to bring their experience and knowledge to our integrated Virtual Ward team at our Northern site (Barnstaple).

The post holder is responsible for overseeing the delivery of care and the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of individual programs of care.

To take delegated responsibility in a given shift for provision of care/service. The post holder will be expected to take charge or deputise regularly in the absence of their Line Manager.

To provide on-going professional and clinical leadership to the care team and deliver evidence based care as part of the wider multidisciplinary team.

The post holder is expected to carry out all relevant forms of care and procedures, for which they are competent to practice, without direct supervision.

The post holder will demonstrate continuing professional development that reflects individual needs, the needs of the team and the needs of the organisation.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

The role of Acute Medicine Specialist Nurse has been developed as a response to the growing needs of the local community to have a diverse multidisciplinary team. This role will include working in a range of areas and modalities including triage; cardiac assessment; delivering Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapies (OPAT); Home and Ambulatory Care. To achieve this, successful applicants will be supported in undertaking modules in Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) which is a great stepping stone to become a Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

Virtual ward is a safe and efficient alternative to NHS bedded care. Virtual wards support patients who would otherwise be in hospital to receive the acute care and treatment they need in their own home. This includes either preventing avoidable admissions into hospital or supporting early discharge out of hospital.

The delivery of digitally enabled care (virtual care) including virtual wards is a national priority embedded within current health and social care policy. In the 2022-23 priorities and operational planning guidance, systems were asked to deliver virtual ward capacity equivalent to 40-50 virtual ward 'beds' per 100k population by December 2023.

This post, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, provides an opportunity to drive and transform the system by embedding the use of digital technology to release pressure on acute care and improve patient outcomes.

Working Pattern: You will be expected to work long days, nights, weekends and bank holidays to meet the needs of the service. 

Interview Date: Monday 17th April 2023

For further information please contact Jenny Musgrave (Ward Manager) via 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 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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