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Clinical Fellows in Respiratory Medicine

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£55,329 to £64,662 a year
Closing date
2 Apr 2024

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The Respiratory Team at the Royal Devon University Healthcare Foundation Trust has an exciting opportunity to recruit four enthusiastic and self-motivated trainees to gain experience in Respiratory Medicine and the management of complex respiratory diseases. This is a fixed term post (12 months) starting from August 2024.

It provides candidates with the opportunity to gain experience in aspects of respiratory medicine- interstitial lung disease, asthma, pleural/cancer/interventional. There may be the opportunity to extend fellowship roles if candidates wanted to gain experience in other areas of Respiratory Medicine.

All fellowship roles will also include elements of ward duty, audit and research and development.


The Respiratory department has well established links with NIHR and have undertaken a large number clinical trials over the years including commercial trials, and NIHR but also individual academic research.

The successful candidate would be encouraged to become involved in these exciting research programmes, writing papers and presenting at national and international conferences. We also support the candidate to develop their own areas of research interest.

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.

For further information please contact:


[Dr Tom Burden] [Deputy Clinical Lead] []


[Dr Phil Mitchelmore] [Consultant in Respiratory Medicine] []


[Dr Michael Gibbons] [Consultant in Respiratory Medicine] []


[Dr Mathew Masoli] [Consultant in Respiratory Medicine] []


This post is suited to either trainees with minimal experience or more senior trainees wishing to consolidate or develop their procedural skills, whilst continuing to gain experience in respiratory medicine. A pre-requisite for this post is that applicants should ideally have some experience of standard fibreoptic bronchoscopy and Level 1 thoracic USS.

The service consists of the following:-

Weekly Ambulatory Pleural clinic Busy sub-regional EBUS service (2 lists per week) Medical Thoracoscopy service Indwelling Pleural Catheter Service (IPCs) Bronchoscopy Service (2 lists per week, including a regional BAL service for ILD). Fibero-optic bronchoscopies, EBUS and medical thoracoscopies are performed in a purpose-built endoscopy unit. The unit is equipped with video-bronchoscopies and has facilities for videoing procedures and capturing digital images. We also have a bronchoscopy simulator for training purposes.

The fellowship role will also include elements of ward duty, audit and opportunity for research and development.


This post is suited to either trainees with minimal experience or more senior trainees/post CCT clinicians wishing to consolidate or develop their sub-specialty experience. The exact split of time spent focusing on bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and mycobacterial lung disease will be dependent on the needs and interests of the successful candidate. 2.

The fellowship role will also include elements of ward duty, audit and opportunity for research and development.


The fellow would be expected to attend asthma clinics, prepare and be a key contributor of the multidisciplinary meetings and help to develop the South West severe asthma network, which would allow the completion of quality improvement work.

In total there would be 2-3 clinics per week with consultant supervision. Contribution to inpatient specialty referrals for asthma and COPD (supervised depending on their level of competency), and development of the respiratory in reach service.

There will be the opportunity to develop guidelines and pathways for the asthma and COPD services, allowing the post holder to provide evidence of leadership and change management skills.

Time would be allocated to include the attendance of relevant lists in the endoscopy / radiology department, attendance at specialist ENT, physiotherapy clinics and Allergy and Immunology MDTs and training in lung function and airways challenge tests.

It would be expected that the fellow would participate in the relevant BTS national audits, partake in patient recruitment to clinical trials and undertake quality improvement projects suitable for national/International presentation.


The Exeter Interstitial Lung Disease Service is a designated Regional Specialist Centre and an anti-fibrotic prescribing centre serving the South West Peninsula, a population of ~2.5Million. This post is suitable for either trainees with minimal experience or more senior trainees wishing to consolidate their knowledge and skills.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to take an active role in audit, quality improvement and there will be an opportunity to undertake substantial research for interested candidates. There is no commitment to the medical take, unless specifically requested, or unless it is a requirement of the candidates training.

Inpatient ward work will be minimal and will support the needs of the ILD service general respiratory inpatient ward work is optional and for trainees with a dedicated training need.

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.

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Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


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