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Nurse Specialist (Hospital Discharge Team)

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
The Hospital Discharge Band 6 Clinician works as part an integrated team alongside our DCC Social Care/DPT teams and other health professionals to ensure patients are discharged from Hospital either back home or to another setting promptly, effectively and safely. The team are the central point for referrals and are responsible for the initial triage of patients for pathways 1,2 and 3, they are also a key link with families and other health professionals.

This post plays a key role in facilitating a safe discharge from Hospital for our patients and is essential in maintaining patient flow.

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:

Our Hospital Discharge Team has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Registered Nurse or Occupational Therapist to come and join our supportive and dynamic Multidisciplinary team. We are an integrated Health and Social Care team based on the acute site providing Clinical assessment and triage for patients face to face to prevent unnecessary Hospital admissions or to facilitate appropriate discharges. We also work to support patients through the end stages of their life.

The role involves using a patient centric approach to completing Nursing assessments and formulating discharge plans.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work as a confident autonomous practitioner. You will need high level Clinical assessment and problem-solving skills to manage complex patients who require assessment of needs prior to discharge.

This post allows you to draw on skills gained from both acute and Community experience, due to the broad range of patient presentations and work both over the phone and face to face in the Community and acute Hospitals.

You will also work with Specialist Nurses and Physiotherapists, enabling you to expand your knowledge in Multidisciplinary complex care. You will need to demonstrate flexibility, excellent time management skills and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

This is an exciting and fast paced team, where each day can present new challenges and learning opportunities. Within the Hospital Discharge team there are also great opportunities for service development experience.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week over 7 days

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Emma Watkins, Clinical Lead on

This is a fixed term contract for 9 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 and Exeter Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter, Devon




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