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Trust Fellow in Upper GI Surgery (equivalent ST3+)

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

Role Summary

The Exeter Upper GI Unit at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a dynamic department offering Benign Upper GI sub-specialty services including anti-reflux, and biliary surgery, with a tertiary service in dysmotility including POEM for achalasia. With one of the largest cohorts of patients treated with LINX in the NHS the department has been at the cutting edge of benign UGI surgery for a decade now.  

The training and responsibilities of the post will be tailored for the appointee.

This post is available October 2024 to October 2025

The post-holder will be mentored by a practicing consultant surgeon who has specific time allocated to this. The post holder will be fully on the on-call registrar rota; a 1:12 full shift pattern


About the Role

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

More detail about the role

The Upper GI service is very busy with a high throughput, including complex and acutely ill patients as well as routine elective and emergency Upper GI and General surgery. The Unit specialises in complex benign Upper GI surgery, including laparoscopic procedures for anti-reflux surgery, para-oesophageal hernia, oesophageal motility disorders, “hot gallbladder”, choledocholithiasis, splenic diseases, benign pancreatic and liver conditions. The Unit has also advanced expertise in the management of acute pancreatitis. The Upper GI Department has a track record for innovation and research, and is one of the few centres in the UK currently offering the LINX device for reflux disease and POEM for achalasia. The appointee will have the opportunity to develop research studies within these fields and may be able to apply for a higher degree with the University of Exeter if they are successful in developing a suitable project

Working Pattern:Part of the SpR oncall rota (1:12) , Normal days, theatres and other clinical duties

Interview Date: TBC

For further information please contact: Mr Alex Reece-Smith, Clinical Lead for Upper GI Surgery  Email: 

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

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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