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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/09/2021.

Trainee Donor Care Physiologist

Job Reference: 175-2122-1-TX2825

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Papworth Hospital, Papworth Road, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge
£38,890 to £44,503 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.


Surgery and Transplant Directorate

Trainee Donor Care Physiologist

Band 7 – £38,890 - £44,503

Full Time 37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for us to increase the establishment within the Donor Care Physiologist Team. We need more staff to help and support the Transplant Service at Royal Papworth Hospital in order to continue to be at the forefront of future projects. Moving forward alongside our current work with novel techniques our drive is to further establish our Scout service, evidencing the benefits with the ultimate aim of increasing the amount of donor organs through optimisation.

During your training period you will shadow the Donor Care Physiologists during scout and donor retrievals, work alongside our transplant nurses in all aspects of patient care with the transplant patient group and spend time in theatre and critical care in order to facilitate clinical learning.

You will be provided with both educational and practical training sessions with the expectation that you will be trained in all aspects of the Transplant Service, including transplant outpatients looking after both pre and post heart and lung transplant patients. Training will include a series of competencies with successful completion of training typically taking around 12 months depending on on-call commitment and exposure. Once completed you will take part in the on-call rota as an independent Donor Care Physiologist within the Royal Papworth Retrieval Team.

In addition to your existing healthcare professional skills, this post requires the ability to work independently on your own initiative, with excellent communication and organisational skills.

If you are looking for:-

  • Personal and professional development
  • Increased knowledge of optimisation and management of multi organ donors
  • A rewarding, interesting yet challenging role
  • Collaborative working within the Transplant Service where you will be based and expected to participate in all aspects of the service
  • A friendly working environment

and you have the following attributes:-

  • Experienced as a Health Care Professional within theatres, critical care or anaesthetics
  • Currently working at Band 6 or above
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and to manage your own workload
  • Cardiothoracic experience
  • Familiarity with artificial ventilation
  • Familiarity with invasive monitoring
  • Demonstrate knowledge of inotropic drugs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various ventilators and ventilation physiology

Then we are interested in hearing from you.

Please contact Jen Baxter, Lead Retrieval Nurse / Donor Care Physiologist via for further information. An informal visit is recommended.

Closing date: 17th September 2021

Interview date: 1st October 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.

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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