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Care Group Associate Director of Patient Care (Surgery)

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
A vital leadership position has opened up as the Associate Director of Patient Care within our NHS organisation to provide senior clinical professional leadership to both Nursing & Allied Health Professionals services for the Surgical Care Group.

This position offers the opportunity to act independently, taking timely and key decisions to ensure effective clinical delivery of services in the Care Group, leading clinical governance, change and improvement by supporting and influencing clinical, operational and corporate teams.

As a senior leader within the Care Group, you will be based in Exeter and will assume a Trust-wide portfolio, providing Leadership and direction across our two acute sites in Devon (Exeter or Barnstaple) with the expectation to travel to the alternate site at least once a week.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

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 peoples 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.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

More detail about the role
  • Act as the professional advocate and adviser in relation to all clinical (non-medical) managerial and operational issues that arise within the Care Group to ensure that a satisfactory solution or mitigation is achieved.
  • Accountable lead for governance, quality and patient safety within the Care Group, ensuring systems are in place for learning from incidents, complaints and patient experience feedback
  • Responsible for signing off complaint responses, incident reviews and action plans for the Care Group, ensuring consistency in response, that relevant learning is taken from all events and action plans are delivered within agreed timescales
  • Ensure clinical risk is minimised by ensuring clinical practice and guidelines adhere to best practice as per regulatory bodies
  • Support and contribute to the development of clinical workforce plans, providing innovative approaches to workforce delivery

The Ideal Candidate:
  • Able to demonstrate extensive and highly specialist knowledge across a range of disciplines underpinned by theoretical knowledge and significant management and leadership experience.
  • Possesses effective communication skills both verbally and written and is able to address large groups of staff, patients and relatives including in situations of conflict and distress
  • Exhibits the ability to work strategically and develop a long-term vision for patient experience and convert this is into practical plans, objectives and deliverables
  • Has an ability to gain credibility with and influence fellow clinicians, managers and speciality leads- including influencing clinical changes where appropriate

This role provides a crucial role alongside the Director of Patient Care in shaping clinical services within the Trust and contributing to the quality and safety of our services alongside the wellbeing of our staff through leadership. If you are interested in a role that allows you to take timely and key decisions to ensure effective clinical delivery of services in the Care Group, we be delighted to discuss this further with you.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week,Monday to Friday. The post holder will also participate in the designated on-call rota.

Interview Date: Week commencing Monday 10th June 2024

For further information please contact: Lucy Bates Director of Patient Care- Surgeryon01271322577 or

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.


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'll help you get there.

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're 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'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll 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'd love to hear from you.

Person Specification

General Requirements


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Barrack Road




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