Overview of the Trust
We provide a comprehensive range of acute, community and social care services across northern and eastern Devon. This makes us very different to other NHS Trusts and providers.
We are in the process of applying to become an NHS Foundation Trust. The National Patient Safety Agency recognises our Trust as having an excellent incident reporting culture, which helps us continually reduce risk and improve patient safety.
At our district hospital in Barnstaple, we provide undifferentiated, 24/7 emergency care and a comprehensive range of acute services such as award winning orthopaedic and key hole surgery, 8 operating theatres, a modern ophthalmology service, state of the art diagnostics and well performing maternity, stroke and cancer services.
We are proud of our low infection rates and our waiting lists are some of the lowest in England. We have also just been designated as a trauma unit. Responses to the national inpatient, outpatient and maternity surveys regularly put us in the top 20% of Trusts in England.
Our 17 Community Hospitals are spread across Exeter, north, east and mid Devon and offer a range of minor injury, rehabilitation, out-patient and inpatient bed facilities. These hospitals are vital community hubs and we work with primary care to ensure that they provide the right combination of services to meet local needs.
In the annual PEAT inspections our community hospitals regularly commend our hospitals for their standards of cleanliness, comfort of environment and food. All the hospitals are supported by a dedicated League of Friends.
The 9 health and social care clusters across the same area provide integrated community services. Teams are organised into 14 Complex Care Teams and include community nursing, rapid response services, rehabilitation, physical therapies and social care services to name but a few. Our community services play an instrumental role in keeping patients healthy and independent in their own homes. A couple of recent innovations that we are proud of include:
- launching a Hospital at Home pilot in Exmouth which extends the ward into people’s homes.
- Creating a truly technology-enabled remote workforce by giving all community staff handheld computers to record patient assessments and appointments.
- Linking with the University of Plymouth to create a vocational training qualification for community nurses
- Positioning community staff in acute wards to support timely discharges and onward care planning.
We also deliver a range of specialist services some of which are Devon-wide and fulfil a valuable signposting role to other services. These services include sexual health and family planning services, bladder & bowel services, podiatry, health promotion, heart failure, dental access services and Parkinson’s support.
- We have an operating budget of 209 million
- We employ just over 4,000 staff, half of whom provide community services
- 340 acute beds at NDDH
- 300 Community Hospital beds across 17 sites
- 14 Complex Care Teams
- A range of county-wide specialist services
- Trust headquarters are in Barnstaple and Exeter
We strive to improve health and to provide the highest quality health and social care services, built around the patient, to nearly half a million people in the Devon area that we serve. We are able to do this because of the remarkable work of our staff.
In valuing the contribution our staff make, we aim to be a model employer. This includes:
- Offering modern employment practices
- Recognising that staff need to strike a healthy balance between work and home life
- Family friendly policies
- Involving staff in developing working arrangements and staff
- Personal and professional development and training opportunities
- Flexible working arrangements
- Occupational health and counselling services
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Measures to protect staff from violence and harassment
Pay terms and conditions of employment include:
- A minimum 27 days’ paid holiday plus bank holiday entitlement (pro rata for part-time staff)
- Paid sick leave increasing with length of service
- Flexible retirement and retirement awards
- The option to join the NHS Pension Scheme – an excellent scheme which offers a proportion of final salary, up to half pay, depending on length of service
All staff have access to training and development opportunities and are supported to create Personal Development Plans. These are used to identify training needs which can be met from the wide range of learning opportunities provided by the Workforce Development Department – and include, clinical skills, management development, coaching and mentoring, National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), customer care, IT skills and much, much more.
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is an equal opportunities employer and all applications are welcomed and considered regardless of a person’s age, gender, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or ethnic origin. We aim to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community we serve.
We welcome applications from disabled candidates and, as a two tick disability employer, disabled applicants need only meet the essential criteria detailed on the person specification to be invited to interview. We are happy to make any reasonable adjustments to therecruitmentprocess to enable you to pursue your application – just make sure that you let us know.
There is a wide range of career options in the NHS – not all jobs need formal qualifications and they are not all clinical posts – we have secretaries and personal assistants, administrators, IT, finance, accountants and therapy/nursing support posts. This is by no means a complete list – to check out the full range of employment opportunities within the NHS, please see www.nhscareers.nhs.uk. If you have a degree, then do have a look at www.whatcanidowithmydegree.nhs.uk for more information. If you about to leave school or college, the new website www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk is the perfect starting point for finding out all you need to know. If you are considering a career in nursing or just want more information, then log onto www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/nursing.
Current vacancies are on the NHS Jobs website