Physiotherapists transform people’s quality of life by improving mobility, reducing pain and helping them regain independence. Joining the team at the Royal Devon presents a whole host of opportunities, including the chance to work in different settings with a rotational work pattern.

It’s a brilliant way to glean exposure and experience. You’ll be making a difference every day, transforming the way our patients carry out day-to-day activities, improving their mobility and regaining their independence after illness, injury or trauma. Funding is available for continued professional development, so take your pick of the acute and community pathways that open up as you strive to progress.


What is it like to work at the Royal Devon?

What is it like to work at the Royal Devon?

What can you expect from joining us? You can expect to be part of a team that is at the forefront of innovation and development, in both our services and our people. You can expect to be invested in, supported, and given the tools you need to succeed in your role and progress in your career.

Training and development opportunities are in high supply here, whether you are interested in clinical or leadership development, courses, secondments or placements. We’ll support you in finding the best way to grow.

The culture we have built has earned us a reputation within the Trust and our clear vision and plans instilled the belief and support required to access further financial investment. This allows us to improve patient pathways including early supported discharge in rehabilitation.

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Becoming a Physiotherapist at the Royal Devon

What does a career pathway look like?

What does a career pathway look like?

There are so many ways to achieve a fulfilling and rewarding career as a Physiotherapist. You may be starting afresh and looking for a brand new role, or perhaps you have dedicated a few years to other goals and are looking to return to practice. If you are interested in developing your role, we have a wealth of opportunities you can harness too.

To help you on your way, we produced a brochure to kick start your career with us. 

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Your bespoke learning journey

Your bespoke learning journey

You’ll be supported to create your own personal development plan. This is used to identify your individual training needs, which can be met from the wide range of learning opportunities available such as clinical skills, management development, coaching and mentoring, IT skills and much more.

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Advancing your career

Preceptorship programme

Preceptorship programme

Whether you are newly qualified, joining us from outside the UK, or returning to practice, our Preceptorship Programme will help you find your feet so you feel as confident and competent as possible.

The structured programme consists of a series of study days, after which you will apply theory to practice and hone the skills you have learned as you gain experience within your clinical area. These study days are spread over the course of a year.

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Experienced Physiotherapist

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Debbie Groves, Rehabilitation Practitioner in Neuro Rehab Service
Debbie Groves, Rehabilitation Practitioner in Neuro Rehab Service

I started my career in dentistry, but soon realised that I would prefer a more ‘hands on’ role and moved into domiciliary care with the elderly and disabled. A life event prevented me from pursuing a nursing career, but an opportunity arose to cover maternity leave in physiotherapy and I loved it!

I was not in the position to do my physiotherapy degree but I landed a permanent band 2 assistant post in 2005. Kicking off from here, I worked my way up to a band 4 role in the Stroke Early Supported Discharge team in 2010, where I got the chance to complete the FdSc Assistant Practitioners course.

In 2018 I was supported to further my education and completed my BA (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care, where my dissertation focused on clinical awareness of Functional Neurological Disorders. Gaining my degree enabled me to achieve my non-registrant post.

Having been part of the award-winning Neuro rehab team at North Devon District Hospital over several years, I am proud to have seen the amazing journeys that many of our patients have travelled, with varying, but often life-changing results. Supporting the determined, motivated, and dedicated staff and those living with a variety of neurological conditions in North Devon is a pleasure.

I have always been very proud of my work and I have been encouraged no end by senior staff and management who openly value my skills and commitment, which has led me to be an advocate for support staff of whatever grade or profession.

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Last updated: August 17, 2023


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