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Foundation Programme - What makes the RD&E Hospital special?

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Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is based in the historic cathedral city of Exeter in the heart of the South West of England.  With the recent establishment of the Peninsula Medical School by the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has become a partner in the creation of a major teaching hospital.


The Trust comprises the major acute hospitals in Exeter and provides secondary medical care principally for the population of Exeter, East- and Mid-Devon (population 420,000) and tertiary services in some specialties, for other parts of Devon and beyond.  The Trust has an annual revenue budget of £220 million.


The Trust works in partnership with a number of other Trusts and Social Services; Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Devon Partnership NHS Trust (mental health), Exeter PCT, East Devon PCT, Mid Devon PCT, and the West Country Ambulance Service NHS Trust, towards our aim of providing integrated health care for local people.


Exeter boasts a fine University, which has special links with the Trust, via the Peninsula Medical School which has a strong research base.  The Trust employs many distinguished staff, of which four doctors hold Personal Chairs at the University.


Our Commitment

We are committed to serving our community by being a high-quality specialist hospital.  We aim to co-ordinate our services with primary and community care, and to develop a limited number as Sub-Regional referral centres with appropriate levels of research, development and educational involvement.  Where appropriate, and consistent with our services, we may provide services aimed at preventing disease and debilitation.


We aim to make all our services exemplary in both clinical and operational aspects.  We will show leadership in identifying healthcare needs to which we can respond and in determining the most cost-effective way of doing so.  We will share our knowledge with neighbouring healthcare agencies and professionals.


We recruit competent staff whom we support in maintaining and extending their skills in accordance with the needs of the people we serve.  We will pay staff fairly and recognise the whole staff’s commitment to meeting the needs of our patients.