Training and development

If you’re looking for a career and not just a job, the Royal Devon is the perfect place for you. We have an established track record for bright and impassioned individuals, so all you’ll need to do is bring your best and we’ll take care of the rest. In return, we’ll welcome you into the fold with learning and development opportunities and a package of support, benefits and guidance to enhance your wellbeing and transform your skillset.

You’ll be part of a friendly team of professionals dedicated to providing excellent standards of care to our patients. Guided by senior members of the team and collaborating with all kinds of different specialties, you’ll progress along your chosen career pathway with the help of your Personal Development Plan. This will drive your learning and identify a plethora of opportunities to build skills including IT, clinical, leadership, coaching and mentoring. It’s also a great way to achieve diplomas, T-Levels, and apprenticeships across a variety of levels.

Planning your future

Starting your career

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Grace Rogers, Radiographer Apprentice
Grace Rogers, Radiographer Apprentice

I started working in the Radiology Department as an Administration Apprentice when I was 18 years old. When joining, I knew very little about Radiology, but over time, I learned more and enjoyed spending time with the Radiographers. I felt this was something I could see myself doing.

I heard about a new apprenticeship that was due to start, which gave me the opportunity to train as a radiographer. I applied, and I was delighted to get the position! I was able to take the knowledge I had already built and use it to progress my development.

I like working at the Royal Devon as it is so friendly. I receive a high level of support from all of my colleagues, which helps me grow. I genuinely look forward to going to work and seeing what each new day will bring. Being a Radiographer can be challenging at times, but also very rewarding knowing that you have made a difference.


Direct University routes

Direct University routes

Don't forget about the university career route! Providing you have a relevant degree, you can take the next steps forward in your chosen field. This may be nursing, therapies or another healthcare or non-clinical specialty. This pathway also opens up shorter study-routes if you would like to train to become a midwife. 

We have recently announced a partnership with Petroc College and the University of Bolton to offer a nursing degree. We also accept pre-registration student nurses on the Masters course from the University of Exeter. 

However, this is just the beginning. We have so much more to offer!

Find out more

Qualifying and registering

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Kwanele Hlabano-Moyo, Band 4 Transition Nurse
Kwanele Hlabano-Moyo, Band 4 Transition Nurse

I am a Zimbabwean trained nurse and I have been practising for three years now. I found myself looking for an opportunity to work with North Devon District Hospital because I believe it is there that I will get an opportunity to learn and put into practice current nursing trends that actually work. My husband works at the Hospital and told me that the teams are all very friendly and take positive steps in helping you to develop your career. I have had the pleasure of being offered a role as a Transition Nurse which I am very happy to accept. This role will support my transition to a registered nurse and will provide me with training and development in order to pass my OSCE exams. I know that I will be well supported through this process. I look forward to working with a team which I know has a good reputation and will help me blossom in my career.

Advancing your career

Bespoke in-house training and professional development

We value our people and recognise you are our most important resource - you help us to provide the best possible patient care. This is why our offer includes a wide range of vocational courses, clinical skills training, e-learning, masterclasses and more to enhance your experience with us.  

We are a great place to work

Valuing our workforce is something we take pride in. Alongside a whole host of benefits, continuous career development and a culture that celebrates individuality, we offer a robust appraisal process to help you fulfil your ambitions. A large part of this recognises the values and behaviours demonstrated by our colleagues. 

Last updated: March 13, 2024


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