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Stroke Specialist Nurse

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

Role Summary

Are you ready to progress your career in Stroke Care? Do you want to develop specialist skills to become a clinical expert in Stroke? Or are you a Specialist Stroke Practitioner looking for a better work life balance in an innovative trust and research active team? If so this might be the post for you. Be invested in, supported and given the opportunities to learn and progress specialist skills, as well as develop the tools you need to succeed in your role and progress your career. The role is open to both Nursing and AHP’s recognising the diverse skills and knowledge across the professional groups.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

The Stroke Practitioner service in North Devon are a small but expanding team. They are involved at every stage of the patient journey within the Stroke Service to support the patient and facilitate seamless transition of care from the Emergency Department to the Stroke Unit, and through liaison with community teams at point of discharge. They work closely with all relevant departments, and colleagues across the Multidisciplinary team to achieve coordinated care that meets national and local guidelines. The team provides a point of contact and expertise in the stroke speciality to staff across the organisation as well as patients and their families/carers.

The Stroke practitioner service receives direct referrals within the speciality and is able to provide expert assessment and evaluation of patient’s needs. A key aspect of the post is to provide education, training and support to staff, patients and their families. 

The team works closely and collaboratively with the Stroke leads and teams in the Emergency Department, the Nursing, Therapy and Medical teams within the Stroke service to develop pathways of care in North Devon and to ensure high quality interventions and care which meet the demands of the new national guidelines and SSNAP.

Innovation is central to the Stroke Team at the Royal Devon, demonstrated by the implementation of several new initiatives and the development of non-traditional roles in recent years including in ACP in Stroke Services and an AHP consultant within the Neuro rehab Service. We are not afraid of trialling new ways of working or implementing innovative ideas.

A healthy work-life balance is essential, and Devon is a great place to enjoy it.

North Devon also offers a scenic and beautiful place to live. The Hospital is close to a dramatic coastline and surrounded by green pastures, rugged moors and pockets of woodland. Many of the staff in our department value the opportunity to leave work and be 20 minutes away from a surf or long walk on the beach. 

Please note that consideration will be given to offering a development post where further skills and knowledge would be required to fulfil the full scope of the role.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday (Please note that we have a flexible working policy and are happy to discuss suitable options for you and the department)

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact Karen Robinson, Lead Stroke ACP on 01271 322630 or 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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