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Specialist Physiotherapist

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

Role Summary

The post-holder is responsible for providing leadership and clinical expertise to patients based within areas of Emergency Department, Acute Medical Unit, Medical Triage Unit and the acute care of the elderly unit as part of the wider Admission Avoidance service. The post holder will be required to provide expert assessment, treatment and advice of a range of presentations including musculoskeletal, falls and neurological conditions, and will include complex discharge planning for patients with both acute and chronic long term conditions. In addition you will provide advice, direction and support to other wards if required within the medical directorate.

Cover is required across extended hours, and 7 days including weekends and bank holidays.

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

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and progressive team, situated at the front door of the acute hospital providing specialist Physiotherapist / Occupational Therapist assessment and intervention to those that require it. We are required to assess and treat a wide range of acute and long term conditions, including but not limited to falls, neurological events, trauma/fracture management, acute onset of MSK conditions, patients on palliative/end of life pathways, as well as patients with highly complex needs.

Our thriving team covers all front door services within the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, including the Emergency Department, Same Day Emergency Care, Medical Triage Unit, Acute Medical Unit and our fast stream rehab Frailty Acute Care of the Elderly Unit. All areas challenge our ability to complete a comprehensive therapy assessment, and treatment plan which help guide Multidisciplinary team (MDT) decisions regarding the best pathway for the patient. We are a highly respected team within front door services, working collaboratively with the wider MDT. This MDT working is incredibly important within our relatively newly formed Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit. This unit also offers the opportunity to work with patients for up to 72 hours to provide timely acute individually focussed rehab to allow these vulnerable patients to return to their residence as quickly as possible. The focus within all clinical areas is to optimise patients and to assist a timely discharge if possible.

Our team ethos is to allow the individuals within our team to thrive and grow as clinicians. Beyond the clinical opportunities, there are a wide range of opportunities for development including supervision of band 5 clinicians and students. We have an established in-service training programme, with opportunities to attend and present any specialist topics based on your clinical interests. In order to broaden our knowledge and skills we also regularly invite outside speakers to in service training sessions. We encourage joint learning through our supportive reviews of case studies of complex patients and are supportive of individual learning opportunities that are relevant to the patient groups we serve. Since, this patient group is so varied, this allows for a range of educational opportunities.

Admission Avoidance is an exciting and varied area of healthcare, and the role of opportunities for Physiotherapists is ever-expanding.

Since we work over a seven day extended hours service, we have flexibility to consider applications for full time or part time work and would encourage applications from those looking for both.

Working pattern: Part time or full-time hours available

Interview date: TBC

For further information please contact: Emily Stuart, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, Tel: 01392 406314 Email: please also copy in

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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