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Acute Medicine Specialist Nurse

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024
A great opportunity has come to light for an Acute Medicine Specialist Nurse role within the Acute Hospital at Home team (AHAH).

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:

Are you looking to be part of something new and exciting? If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for a Registered Nurse to bring their experience and knowledge to our integrated Virtual Ward team.

The post holder will work as across a range of specialty Acute Medicine functions, primarily this will be Acute Hospital at Home (AHAH) and Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) but will also include Triage and Same Day Emergency Care. Within the role you will lead in the delivery of a seamless transition between the Acute Trust and the Community, ensuring patients are kept safe and the best possible care is delivered. Current patient streams managed by this service include Cardiac, Respiratory, General Medicine, Surgery, and Frailty.

As a developing service we are always adding and looking for new pathways. You will proactively seek new patients to recruit from AMU, SDEC and wards across the Hospital, assessing these patients and driving their safe discharge into AHAH. Regular face to face appointments with patients are completed by the ambulatory clinic, use of new digital technologies is a day to day occurrence on AHAH. They will work to improve and maintain the AHAH service based on best practice and current national guidelines.

They will work closely with the AMU Nursing team to provide support and clinical advice to Triage Nurses, including streaming patients directly to agreed rapid treatment protocols within SDEC. The post holder will be expected to have a solid understanding of the triage process and role model good practice. The post holder will be expected to complete ongoing learning and obtain advanced practice modules relevant to their role, including history taking and clinical examination.

The role of the Acute Medicine Specialist Nurse has been developed as a response to the growing needs of the local Community to have a responsive diverse Multidisciplinary team. This role will include working in a range of areas and modalities including Triage Cardiac assessment delivering Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapies Home and Ambulatory Care.

Virtual Ward is a safe and efficient alternative to NHS bedded care. Virtual Wards support patients who would otherwise be in Hospital to receive the acute care and treatment they need in their own home. This includes either preventing avoidable admissions into Hospital or supporting early discharge out of Hospital.

The work involves providing remote care to patients using devices feeding results into Epic and by using telephone consultations to assess patients, reviewing patients face to face when they attend clinic appointments in Acute Medicine, and visiting the wards across the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to recruit new patients and support patient flow by providing early supported discharge. You will work closely with Community teams, Northern AHAH and Acute Medicine.

The delivery of digitally enabled care (virtual care) including virtual wards is a national priority embedded within current Health and Social Care policy. This post, as part of a Multi-disciplinary team, provides an opportunity to drive and transform the system by embedding the use of digital technology to release pressure on acute care and improve patient outcomes.

They will also be expected to play a proactive role in quality and service improvement and working closely with the Clinical Nurse Manager and multidisciplinary team.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week over 4 shifts to includedays, weekends and bank holidays. No nights

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Mandy Hancock, Clinical Nurse Manager,on01392 406399 or or Carlie Hopper, Lead Nurse for Virtual Ward, on 01392 406399 or

This is a fixed term contract for 6 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity

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 University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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