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The Academy

The Academy is a joint project between the four NHS Trusts in Devon and the University of Exeter.

Our Trusts


The Academy works closely with the NHS to build education and research excellence in the region.

Our joint commitment to the highest standards of education contributes to the essential modernisation required to deliver effective healthcare and meet our region’s requirements. It also ensures the right environment to support the way nurses are trained in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s guidance.

The Academy of Nursing works with the following NHS Trusts:

Devon Partnership NHS Trust provides a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and learning disability needs - in Devon, the wider South West region and nationally.

We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery.

Our research, development and innovation team works closely with Exeter Medical School on a number of research studies related to mental health and learning disability which we encourage involvement from people using our services.

Our passion and commitment to achieve this shapes our vision, mission and strategy.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) provides a full range of acute services and integrated health and social care services in northern Devon, with 3,000 staff serving a population of over 160,000. The Trust also provides various specialist services across the whole of Devon, including podiatry, sexual health services and the Devon Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

NDHT is viewed as a pioneer in Devon and nationally for how it delivers services in the community, with the Care Quality Commission recognising the Trust’s community strategy and partnership working as an area of outstanding practice in 2018. The Trust has taken health and social care integration to the next level, becoming the first NHS trust to enter the domiciliary care market in 2016 as a prime provider of social care services in northern and mid Devon.

NDHT is a research active Trust and encourages nurses, doctors and allied health professionals to lead research projects. Staff are actively encouraged to share ideas to improve care and are supported with their improvement projects. In the 2017 NHS Staff Survey, the Trust’s score for staff feeling able to contribute towards improvements was amongst the highest in the country. The Trust consistently achieves top results overall in the survey, with the 2017 results placing the Trust as the top acute and community trust in the country for staff satisfaction. 

The Trust was shortlisted for provider Trust of the year in the HSJ Awards 2017 in recognition of the work staff have done to improve care for patients across all stages of their journey.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust provides integrated health and care services across Exeter and East and Mid Devon. With 8,000 staff, it manages a large acute teaching hospital, 11 community hospitals and provides community services to a core population of over 450,000.

The Trust is nationally and internationally recognised for excellence in a number of specialist fields including the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, the Centre for Women’s Health (maternity, neonatology and gynaecology services), Cancer Services, Renal Services, Exeter Mobility Centre and Mardon Neuro-rehabilitation Centre.

In 2015, the Care Quality Commission rated the Trust as ‘good’ overall with many areas, including caring, emergency care and critical care, recognised as ‘outstanding’.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated organisation providing acute health care services from Torbay Hospital, community health services and adult social care.

The Trust runs Torbay Hospital as well as five community hospitals, stretching from Dawlish to Brixham. We also provide health and social care to the local population.

We have around 500,000 face-to-face contacts with patients in their homes and communities each year and see over 78,000 people in our A&E department annually. We serve a resident population of approximately 286,000 people, plus about 100,000 visitors at any one time during the summer holiday season.

We employ approximately 6,000 staff including frontline health and social care staff, such as nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, consultants, and physiotherapists who work in your home and from a range of different premises across Torbay and south Devon such as community hospitals and clinics. We also have over 800 volunteers who make a difference each and every day to the people we care for.

Our purpose is to provide safe, high-quality care and social care at the right time and in the right place to support the people of Torbay and South Devon to live their lives to the full. This means that as an organisation we want people to:

  • Be empowered to manage their own health and care needs
  • Work in partnership with professionals
  • Only tell us their story once
  • Access seamless care easily
  • Have care in or close to home, whenever appropriate
  • Work together as a community to look after health and care needs.

We receive the majority of income from our commissioners, South Devon and Torbay NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, who receive an allocation of NHS money from the government each year and decide on the healthcare priorities for the local population. The responsibility for the adult social care budget is delegated to us via Torbay Council, and we have a memorandum of understanding with Devon County Council to run social care services in a joined up way.

The Trust is well supported by the League of Friends in Torbay Hospital and those of our community hospitals. They work tirelessly to raise vital funds to support the work we do and help improve our services.

We have been an authorised NHS Foundation Trust since 2007 and have over 12,000 public members and 6,000 staff members.