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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/06/2021.

Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Job Reference: 175-2122-1-CE2699

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Human Resources
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.



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In 2019 Royal Papworth Hospital moved to a new purpose built state of the art hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and achieved an outstanding CQC inspection rating across all domains. We have played a central role in the regional and national response to the COVID emergency and are focused on how we can ensure that both staff and our services recover from this extended emergency situation. In 2021 we are committed to progressing our ambitious Culture and Leadership programme to support the Trust’s People Strategy for the next five years.

Whilst compliance with legislation is a given, as important to us is ensuring we are an inclusive and compassionate employer where all staff are valued and have the same opportunities to develop and thrive in our specialist acute setting enabling the best possible care for our patients.

We are now looking to appoint to the exciting new role of Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This fantastic opportunity is as a direct result of our Trust Boards commitment to our challenging EDI agenda. The Trust Board recognises the unusual state of affairs that whilst our staff deliver outstanding care and outcomes for patients, our Workforce Race Equality Scheme scores are simply not where they should be and our staff engagement could and should be higher and deeper.

You will need to have significant evidence of experience of either leading or supporting the EDI agenda in a complex organisation and a proven ability to engage and challenge at all levels internally and externally. You will be a compelling and compassionate communicator with an ability to coordinate projects effectively and lead them to conclusion in a timely manner. You will be willing to share your own lived experience in order to influence change where required both in the Trust and collaboratively within our system wide network.

Our Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion will bring the highest levels of integrity, resilience, compassion, credibility and creativity to the role. You will be passionate about providing the best possible experience for our staff both present and future and ultimately delivering the highest standards of care for our patients.

We are clear that the value of greater diversity to the Trust lies in the way we will:

  • identify and develop a far wider range of talent in our staff,
  • open up our ability to work effectively in teams to further improve patient safety and quality of treatment
  • broaden our insights into the needs of patients
  • value difference when we work together towards richer solutions.

We are keen to hear from all candidates with the appropriate experience who feel they can make a real contribution to Royal Papworth Hospital. We would really like to encourage you to apply if you can bring ideas in from outside the Trust and, in being open to change, you can also turn ideas into actions with an eye for detail and practicality.

If you can bring fresh perspectives, in any way, to the challenges we face whether through your background as someone from an UK ethnic minority or you live with a disability (visible or not), are open about your faith, religion or belief or about being LGB or T, your application will receive a warm welcome. As will applications from all suitable candidates. Please get in touch.

The role is based in Cambridge on the Biomedical Campus site but may also be required to travel to our administration hub in Huntingdon on occasion.

For more information please contact or Larraine Howard-Jones -

Closing date: 23rd June 2021

Interview date: 30th June 2021

** 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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