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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/11/2021.

Trainee Surgical Care Practitioner

Job Reference: 175-2122-1-TH3003

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Papworth Hospital, Papworth Road, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge
£32,306 to £39,027 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.


Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Trust

Trainee Cardiothoracic Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP)

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 Papworth 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 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 dynamic 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 on the completion of training. This National Qualification, along with the MSc and internal training program with 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 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.
  • A 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.

Salary range: AFC Band 6.

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

Amanda Acott, Senior SCP, Bleep 923 or Anita Frith, Senior SCP, Bleep 213.

Closing date for applications: 26th November 2021

Interview Date: 8th December 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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