Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Contact Details for Recruitment





 Jess Miller 

Pharmacy Dept, Royal Devon and  Exeter Hospital,  Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW

 01392 404812

 Emma Coop

 01392 402449

 Marco Coelho

 01392 404812


Trust Information

The Royal Devon & Exeter (RD&E) is an 800 bed Foundation Trust teaching hospital split over two sites, serving the population of Exeter, East and Mid Devon. Acute services are based at the Wonford site with some outpatient and day case services at Heavitree Hospital. We are a regional centre for cancer treatment and renal medicine, and have other specialties in acute medicine, surgery, paediatrics, orthopaedics and critical care.  Stroke and orthopaedic services have been recognised nationally. We have recently joined with Community Services, giving us an opportunity to transform our patient pathway in partnership with colleagues.

The mental health trust (Devon Partnership Trust – DPT) has facilities at the Wonford site as does the University of Exeter Medical School.  Hospital staff can access the medical school library and other facilities.  Working closely with the University, the RD&E has a strong reputation for medical research with a £multimillion research facility on site. This incorporates a new postgraduate education centre.

The RD&E was awarded Trust of the Year (South) 2011 by independent health consumer guide Dr Foster. We have also won awards for recognising and valuing the diversity of our staff. The Trust has a staff benefits scheme including discounts in shops, cafes and restaurants around Exeter and Devon.

Please note: the Trust has a uniform policy that applies to all staff with patient contact and consists of a short sleeved tunic and trousers.



Pharmacy Department Information

The pharmacy department is based at the main Wonford site and employs around 170 staff, of whom around 45 are pharmacists. It provides a full range of services to the acute hospital and the DPT, including: dispensing, medicines information and aseptic services, which has its own separate purpose built facility. We have a partnership with Boots Pharmacy, which provides all our outpatient services.

Clinical services include daily ward visits by pharmacists and medicines management technicians, attendance at consultant ward rounds and participation in multidisciplinary outpatient clinics. We have many pharmacist independent prescribers, qualified to prescribe in a number of clinical areas, including antimicrobials, acute medicine, immunosuppression, orthopaedics, oncology and parenteral nutrition.

Our pharmacists play an integral role in service improvement, clinical audit, medical and nurse education, and drug expenditure analysis. The pharmacy department has an active involvement in clinical trials, and participates in national projects, e.g. Medication Safety Thermometer, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Quality Improvement Academy. Pharmacists are also playing a key role in the development and implementation of electronic prescribing across the acute trust.

We hold fortnightly clinical teaching meetings which include case studies, new drug updates and presentations by medical consultants and other specialist guest speakers.

As a team we are fully committed to the delivery of the Carter report recommendations for Acute Hospital Pharmacy Services and Medicines Optimisation.



Local Training Programme Information

Sample Training Programme/Timetable

Our trainees follow an individualised programme rotating through the core services of hospital pharmacy. The aim is to build on your undergraduate training and translate your theoretical knowledge into the practical skills required of a competent and confident pharmacist. 

Early on, we have our pre-registration pharmacists on the ward getting you trained in medicines reconciliation and working alongside our medicines management technicians. You will spend time in each of the specialities with the lead clinical pharmacist, helping to build your knowledge and clinical ward skills in those areas. All trainees undertake an audit or quality improvement project, usually on a clinical topic. By the end of your training our goal is for you to be able to confidently function as a band 6 pharmacist. To this aim we give trainees the opportunity to be responsible for a ward of their own towards the end of the year, with appropriate supervision.

We offer two integrated placements split between hospital and General Practice. There are also several external placements to broaden your pharmacy knowledge and experience, which include:

  • an independent community pharmacy
  • the local clinical commissioning group
  • Devon Partnership Trust (8 week placement)
  • with the community clinical pharmacy team (providing support to patients in their own homes, clinical services to community hospitals and working with GPs and other primary care services)

Our tutor/trainee ratio is 1:1, and the tutors are experienced clinical pharmacists. We have a 100% pass rate for our trainees passing the pre-registration exam.

You will have weekly meetings to review evidence and discuss your progress. We also host regular tutorials to allow you to share your learning through case based discussions, presentations and OSCE style scenarios. Regional residential courses (located 12 miles away at Padbrook Park) and local learning sets provided by HEE South enhance the skills learnt at the RD&E.


Other Information

Location and Transport Links

Exeter is close to the M5 motorway, and is on the main train line to London, Bristol and Cornwall. By road or rail it is 1 hour from Bristol and less than 3 hours from London. Exeter airport (6 miles from the city centre) provides a variety of domestic and international flights.

Within the city there is a comprehensive bus service, including a route between the hospital and the railway station via the city centre. There are also several park and ride routes, and the hospital is served by a dedicated park and ride service from a car park close to the M5. There are bus services to further afield, e.g. Plymouth, Dorset and north Devon.

Cycling in Exeter is encouraged, and the RD&E offers a subsidised bicycle purchase scheme and a “bike buddy” group for cyclists new to the city. There are some cycle paths with routes from the city centre to close to the hospital, as well as those taking you out into the countryside.



On-site single person hospital accommodation is available; accommodation is arranged in flats, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. There is also a wide choice of privately rented accommodation close to the hospital.


Social & Recreational

We are a friendly and sociable department. There are often nights out for meals, drinks or visits to the cinema. In season, surfing weekends are organised and many trainees catch the surfing bug whilst living in Exeter! Some of the country’s best surfing beaches are in north Devon and Cornwall and nearby Exmouth offers windsurfing and sailing. Dartmoor and Exmoor provide beautiful settings for walking, riding and photography.

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Exeter is a cosmopolitan city and offers a wide range of leisure activities. There are 2 theatres, 3 cinemas, an arts centre and a newly renovated museum. There are plenty of pubs and clubs and the University and Phoenix Centre host a variety of live music events. The city also holds annual cultural and food festivals.

Exeter Chiefs are a Premiership rugby union side and Exeter City football team play in League Two. Sports available at amateur level include football, rugby league and union, hockey, squash, tennis and archery. The hospital itself has various clubs and sports teams. The Great West Run takes place in Exeter every May, and there is a rowing regatta each summer. 

There are churches of various Christian denominations including the Anglican Cathedral, and also a Synagogue and a recently opened Mosque.


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