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About the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust provides integrated health and care services across Exeter and East and Mid Devon. With 8,000 staff, it manages a large acute teaching hospital, 12 community sites and provides community services to a core population of over 450,000.

The Trust is nationally and internationally recognised for excellence in a number of specialist fields including the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, the Centre for Women’s Health (maternity, neonatology and gynaecology services), Cancer Services, Renal Services, Exeter Mobility Centre and Mardon Neuro-rehabilitation Centre.

In the Care Quality Commission's latest report, published in 2018, the Trust was rated as ‘Good’ overall. The Trust was also awarded a 'Good' rating for being effective, responsive and well-led, and received an 'Outstanding' rating for being caring.


We recognise the diversity we bring to work makes the RD&E workplace richer and helps us better serve patients from diverse backgrounds. The "Our commitment to you" web page spell out how we support diversity in the workforce.


We hold two awards for our work in promoting equality opportunities, across our workforce.


We aim at excellence in making sure staff with disabilities have all the support and adjustments they need – please see our disability web page for further details or contact rde-tr.equality@nhs.net.


We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for job applicants with disabilities. If you let us know, when you apply, that you would like to use this scheme, we will guarantee you an interview, if you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification section of the job description. We will also make any reasonable adjustments you require to our selection process. Please let us know what you need.


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We are accredited as a Mindful Employer for the way we promote mental health among our employees. Please click on the Mindful Employer logo for further details on this and the other awards we hold for our equality and diversity work.


The Trust recognises the exceptional work of our employees and in recognition of this the Trust has created a variety of initiatives and schemes to help support the commitment and hard work of our dedicated workforce.


The Trust holds a commitment to the support and development of all our staff and this supported by managers creating Personal Development Plans (PDPs) with their staff in order to identify any areas for them to learn and develop within the hospital. These are then used in conjunction with our comprehensive Learning and Development Department who can offer a range of training from clinical skills and management skills training to customer care.


As well as this the Trust has set up benefits and discounts for its entire staff. These benefits range from discounts in many major high street shops, subsidised travel on public transport and more specialised local discounts in many shops, cafes and restaurants around Exeter and Devon.


These are just some of the reasons why we continue to stand out. As Exeter’s largest employer, calling upon the excellent efforts of more than 8000 people, we are passionate about offering rewarding, enjoyable work and our values and behaviours reflect this.


And remember it’s not simply doctors, nurses and medical experts that play a part in caring for our communities. Far from it. We also rely upon the talents of hundreds of non-medical staff from catering assistants to medical secretaries, cleaners to accountants, IT experts to maintenance, it really is a massive team effort.


Additionally, we offer work experience for students providing vital experience of the healthcare environment. For further information visit our work experience pages.


Prescribed groups and public sector bodies in England with 250 or more staff have a target to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starts over the periods of 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021. The RD&E Public Sector Apprentice Target Report for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 is available to read.



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