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Specialty Doctor (Care of the Elderly, Trauma and Orthopaedics)

Role Summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Specialist Doctor in Trauma & Orthopaedics, with a special interest in Care of the Elderly, to compliment the current department at North Devon District Hospital.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Specialty Doctor in Trauma & Orthopaedics, with a special interest in Care of the elderly, to compliment the current department surgery at North Devon District Hospital. The department has ten Specialty Doctors with a wide range of sub-specialty interests, including complex hip arthroplasty, complex knee arthroplasty, soft tissue reconstruction, foot & ankle surgery, spinal surgery and shoulder & elbow surgery.  The surgical teams are supported by ten junior doctors, two Physician’s Associate and on Advance Practitioner Nurse experienced and skilled nursing & therapy teams.

The successful applicant will develop an Orthogeriatric service in North Devon, supporting the Orthopaedic team in providing care to our older population of trauma patients.  You will join a team with a proven track record of region leading length of stay and mortality rate on the National Hip Fracture database. You will be expected to develop a service to compliment this and improve the quality of care for our hip fracture patients.

The department has Specialty Registrars, Core Surgical Trainees and Foundation Doctors, rotating within their respective Peninsula Training Programmes.  There are ample opportunities for teaching and training throughout the Trust and the region.  The Trust encourages involvement with research and national clinical audit.

The post is based at North Devon District Hospital, part of Royal Devon University Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust (RDUH), with some clinical sessions provided at the Exeter site. 

Working Pattern: Please see attached recruitment pack.

Interview Date: TBC

For further information please contact Rachael Weathers, Service Manager: or Will Griffiths Jones (T&O Clinical Lead):

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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