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About the RD&E

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We are focused on providing safe, high-quality services, delivered with courtesy and respect


The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides integrated health and care services across Exeter and East and Mid Devon. With about 8,000 staff, it manages a large acute teaching hospital, twelve community sites and provides acute and community services to a core population of over 450,000.


The RD&E has a long and proud history, dating back over 250 years. The Trust has earned an international reputation as a recognised provider of high-quality healthcare services, innovation, research and education. The Trust is nationally and internationally recognised for excellence in a number of specialist fields, including the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, the Centre for Womenís Health (maternity, neonatology and gynaecology services), cancer services, renal services, Exeter Mobility Centre, and Mardon Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre.


As a teaching hospital, the RD&E delivers undergraduate education for a full range of clinical professions, is established as a leading centre for high-quality research and development in the South West peninsula, and is the lead centre for the University of Exeter Medical School. The RD&E became one of the first foundation trusts in 2004 and this status, with accountability to local citizens through our membership and governors, is an important way of connecting with the people and communities we serve.


The Trustís strategy is focused on ensuring that it provides safe, high-quality services, delivered with courtesy and respect. This is reflected in the Care Quality Commission's latest report, published in 2018, in which the Trust was rated as ‘Good’ overall. It was also awarded a 'Good' rating for being effective, responsive and well-led, and received an 'Outstanding' rating for being caring.


The Trust has responsibility for Eastern community services, with many of the services run in the community hospitals in East Devon. By bringing acute and community services together under one organisation in Eastern Devon, we are able to offer more efficient and joined-up integrated care. Working together with health and social care partners and local communities, we are better placed to meet peopleís needs and keep more people well at home and supported within their community, ensuring a hospital stay only happens when acutely necessary.


The integration of care services is part of a wider ambition to establish a place-based system of care which promotes independence, prevention and wellbeing. This system places the needs of the individual firmly at the centre, supporting them to live the life they want to lead.


Last Updated: 29 January 2019

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