NDHT-RD&E: Naming our new organisation

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) are working on exciting plans to become a single organisation by April 2022.

More information on the NDHT website: https://www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/2021/01/ndht-and-rde-a-stage-closer-to-formally-joining-together/

More information on the RD&E website: https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/news/ndht-and-rd-e-a-stage-closer-to-formally-joining-together/

The Boards of NDHT and RD&E have asked a group of non-executive directors (NEDs) from both Trusts to start the ball rolling on generating feedback on a new name. They have identified some initial thoughts on the criteria for the new name and would now like your help in suggesting others.

The feedback provided by staff, patients and the wider community will feed into a broader group made up of NEDs, governors, staff and patient reps who will take into account the views expressed to help add to or change the criteria.

This new organisation will provide all acute, community health and social care and specialist community services to the population of Exeter, North, East and Mid Devon.

North Devon District Hospital, the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and our Community Services – including Community Hospitals - will continue to be known by their existing names.

Whilst we are bound by some rigid national NHS naming guidance, we want to understand what features our staff and the communities we serve consider important for the new name.

The group members have considered their own thoughts on the criteria for the new name and would like your help in suggesting others.

The group feel the name needs to capture the following:


  • The heritage and history of NDHT and RD&E
  • The geography served by the Trusts
  • Captures an inclusive identity of both Trusts and our communities
  • Reflects the strategic direction of the NHS Trusts



1. We would be most grateful if you could tell us what other features you think the name of the newly formed NHS Foundation Trust should contain? *

So that we can make sure we are getting responses from across our communities, we would be grateful if you could let us know the following:

2. Do you work for the NHS? *


3. If yes, where do you work? *


4. Are you an RD&E public member? *


5. Please share the first half of your postcode *

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This survey will close on 7 March 2021