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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/08/2020.

Matron - Thoracic Medicine Secondment

Job Reference: 175-2021-1-NS2310

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Papworth Hospital, Papworth Road, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge
£45,753 to £51,668 pa

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital, treating around 50,000 patients each year. We are located in a new, purpose-built hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, with administrative services based in Huntingdon.

Founded as a tuberculosis colony in 1918, Royal Papworth Hospital has established an international reputation for excellence in research and innovation. Since carrying out the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, the hospital now performs more heart, heart-lung and lung transplants each year than any other UK centre.

In addition to transplantation, Royal Papworth Hospital has the UK’s largest Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC) and is one of five UK centres providing Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to patients experiencing severe respiratory failure. It is also the only centre in the UK for a number of specialist services including Pulmonary Endarterectomy and Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty (BPA).

In October 2019, we became the first trust to be rated ‘outstanding’ in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (safe, caring, effective, responsive, and well-led). We are committed to providing a positive, supportive experience for all of our staff.



Salary: £45,753-£51,668 (Band 8A)

x2 Full time Matron Secondments – Critical care and Thoracic Medicine

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's largest specialist Cardiothoracic Hospital and the main Heart and Lung Transplant Centre. We have an extraordinary commitment to delivering the highest levels of clinical quality and safety outcomes and for providing the best possible standards of personalised care to our patients.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) in October 2019 announced that the hospital was ‘outstanding’ overall across all five of the CQC domains: safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led. This was the first time a NHS Hospital Trust has achieved an outstanding rating across all five key questions.

We have two exciting 9 month secondment opportunities for experienced senior nurses to join our Matron team in Thoracic Medicine and Critical Care.

We are looking for leaders who will work closely with our existing Matron Team and Heads of Nursing to provide compassionate and inclusive leadership that models the Trust values of Care, Valued, Excellence and Innovation. This highlights how we are committed to recruiting the right people: people with the skills, behaviours and competences to achieve our vision of delivering tomorrow’s treatments today to patients attending Royal Papworth Hospital.

The Trust is committed to bringing the best out of its employees and these secondment opportunities as part of our ongoing staff development programme will support individual career aspirations and progression.

Our staff have been through a sustained period of rapid change and intensity with the Coronavirus Pandemic and now learning with ‘Living with the Coronavirus’, we are looking for a leader who can support and engage teams across their Division to stabilise and further work towards new ways of working in the recovery planning for Thoracic Medicine and Critical Care Services.


Please read the job description thoroughly before submitting your application. As well as meeting the essential requirements of the person specification, ensure that you can demonstrate commitment to teamwork, reliable attendance, dedication, and the ability to show compassion, care and respect to our patients, visitors and colleagues.


It is important to note that you must have your line manager’s support for a secondment release of 9 months before your application submission. Please state on the supporting information section of your application form which matron secondment/ clinical area you are applying for.


For further information and to arrange an informal visit, please contact a member of the Heads of Nursing team:


Cheryl Riotto for Critical Care -01223 639499 or Bleep 526

Debbie Black Matron for Thoracic– 07775 550077

Lisa Shacklock Thoracic Divisional Director – 07880 784908


Closing date:4th August 2020

Interview date: 10th August 2020


(Enhanced DBS required)


Candidates called for interview will be asked to prepare a presentation on the question;


“How can the role of the matron improve quality and safety at Royal Papworth Hospital?”


** 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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