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Rotational Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 175-2122-2-OT2890A

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy
Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge
£25,655 to £31,534 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.


Rotational Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Full time hours, part time hours considered as job share, flexible working

Are you an occupational therapy student due to qualify, or qualified and looking to develop your occupational therapy knowledge and skills within a world-renowned cardiothoracic hospital?

If so, read on. Due to expansion of our department, we have a fantastic opportunity for a rotational occupational therapist to join us. At the Royal Papworth Hospital, we put patients at the centre of our practice and utilise our dual-training, to maximise their occupational performance. We offer a growing range of occupational therapy interventions, which covers both physical and mental health treatment approaches.

The occupational therapy department communicates regularly with the multi-disciplinary team and is involved in numerous quality improvements across the Trust in order to deliver excellent care to our patients, which is reflected in our Outstanding rating by the CQC in 2019.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated occupational therapist who would like to develop their clinical expertise and leadership skills within the following rotations:


  • Cardio-thoracic surgery
  • Heart and lung transplant
  • Critical care
  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory medicine

We are a creative and compassionate department, who will provide you with regular supervision, appraisal and offer attendance on a preceptorship programme if required. You will have opportunities to develop professionally through a full competency package and in-house training, as well as participation in service improvement initiatives to drive forward our ambitious vision for the department; to set a precedent for other cardiothoracic hospitals by bringing tomorrow’s treatments to today’s patients.

This post requires contribution to Bank Holiday and Saturday working. This post is advertised as full-time, however we will consider part-time applicants to job share.

Please bring your HCPC profile with you to interview.

Our Trust

Royal Papworth Hospital is one of the largest specialist cardiothoracic (heart and lung) hospitals in Europe and includes the country's main heart and lung transplant centre. Over the last three years, it has performed the highest number of heart surgery procedures in the UK whilst achieving the country’s lowest cardiac surgery mortality rate.

The hospital has an extraordinary commitment to delivering the highest levels of clinical quality and providing the best possible standards of personalised care to its patients.

Royal Papworth Hospital has been named as a top healthcare employer and one of the top 40 places to work based on the results of a staff survey by the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times, supported by the Department of Health and NHS Employers.

Royal Papworth Hospital was the first NHS hospital in England to receive a joint Investors in People and NHS Health and Wellbeing Award for looking after the health and wellbeing of its staff and continues to retain this award.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a range of benefits including; a subsidised restaurant, support with child care vouchers and an NHS nursery, an NHS pension scheme, use of the hospital gym and corporate membership at a leisure club and travel to work options.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact :

Amy Chadwick, Lead Occupational Therapist on 01223 638408/07775553011 or email

We look forward to hearing from you.

** 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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