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Trainee Surgical Care Practitioner

Job Reference: 175-1920-1-TH2179

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Papworth Road, Cambridge
£30,401 to £37,267 pa

As the largest and leading specialist cardiothoracic hospital in the UK, Royal Papworth Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care through the excellence of our caring staff. We are located in a bespoke, purpose-built hospital on the world-class Cambridge Biomedical Campus, with administrative services based in Huntingdon.

In October 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced the hospital was ‘outstanding’ overall and across all five of the CQC domains; safe, caring, effective, responsive, and well-led - this is the first time an NHS hospital trust has achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating across the five key questions.


Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Trust

Trainee Cardiothoracic Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP)

Salary: £30,401-£37,267(Band 6)

Full Time (37.5 hours per week) + on-call

As the largest and leading specialist cardiothoracic hospital in the UK, Royal Papworth Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care through the excellence of our caring staff.

This is an exciting time for Royal Papworth Hospital, having moved to the new state of the art, purpose built hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in April 2019. The move to this site allows Royal Papworth Hospital to work alongside some of the world’s leading healthcare companies and organisations including Cambridge University Hospitals, giving our patients immediate access to a range of services and also expanding opportunities in terms of research and education.

We are looking for vibrant Registered Health Care Professionals to join our expanding SCP team. Successful candidates will undertake a full two year internal training program and the MSc in Surgical Care Practice at Anglian Ruskin University, along with the ACTSCP exam, at the completion of training. This National Qualification, along with the MSc and internal training programme, will enable the development of the skills & competencies required, while performing operative procedures under the direction of Consultant Surgeons. The training program will also develop the skills required to assist in all aspects of pre, peri and post-operative care of the patient. We will support you to achieve your potential by offering you a programme of development from experienced Theatre staff and dedicated SCP Educators.

If you are looking to become a highly trained and skilled Cardiothoracic Surgical Care practitioner, Royal Papworth Hospital will give you:

  • A dynamic, fast paced and friendly working environment.
  • An opportunity to join our large team of SCPs.
  • The opportunity for you to participate in some of the newest techniques in Cardiothoracic surgery.

You will require the following attributes:

  • Registered healthcare professional (Nursing/ODP)
  • A degree or a qualification equivalent to a degree.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience, post basic qualification in Theatres or Critical Care (preferably Cardiac).
  • Highly motivated.
  • Excellent communication skills, organisational skills and the ability to deal with ever changing priorities.

Successful candidates will be required to remain in post for a minimum of two years following the successful completion of the SCP MSc programme.

Enhanced DBS clearance required.

For further information and/or to arrange an informal visit, please contact:

Amanda Acott - Senior SCP, Bleep 923 or

Anita Frith - Senior SCP, Bleep 213.

You may also contact the coordinating SCP on Bleep 393

Closing date: Friday 3rd April 2020

Interviews: Wednesday 29th April 2020

** We reserve the right to close this vacancy once sufficient applications have been received**

Priority consideration will be given to NHS Employees who have been declared at risk of redundancy.

The support and benefits available to staff include:
NHS Pension Scheme, extensive retail discount scheme, subsidised restaurant, staff recognition and award scheme, membership options at Frank Lee Centre Leisure & Fitness (campus gym), salary sacrifice 'cycle to work' and 'car' scheme, enhanced pay progression for Band 5 nurses, career progression opportunities, flexible working

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post. The Trust operates job share and flexible working. We are a Smoke Free Hospital.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome (for eligible posts only) and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website.

In submitting an application form you authorise Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

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