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Staff Nurse

Job Reference: 175-2122-2-3N2986

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Sleep Laboratory
Royal Papworth Hospital, Papworth Road, 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.


Band 5 Registered Nurse, Sleep Laboratory 3NW.

Full Time: 12-Month Secondment

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.

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is based on the world-class Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

The Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC) is a major centre for the provision of ventilatory support and sleep medicine with a national referral base. The RSSC comprises of 10 beds in the Sleep Laboratory as well as a further 30 beds on the Respiratory Ward. The Sleep Centre is one of the largest in the UK with a purpose-built polysomnography (PSG) unit. It provides a comprehensive sleep service including PSG and daytime testing (over 1,000 inpatient investigations per year), actigraphy and respiratory polygraphy outpatient assessments, and sleep advisory clinics for insomnia as well as an active research programme.

This post will be based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

An opportunity has arisen to join the Sleep Laboratory Team as a Band 5 Nurse. We are looking for highly a motivated and reliable individual to join the team in this new role which is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of patient admission and care needs within the unit. This includes the administration of the admission and discharge of patients, the application of monitoring equipment, being responsible for troubleshooting sleep study problems overnight as well as during the daytime testing. Post holders will also provide care to patients during admission and maintain some housekeeping on the ward. In addition this role will team lead the unit’s team of specialized HCSW.

Working patterns will include the 12 hour shift patterns, including both day and night shift in rotation. The post will also have line management responsibility for our team of specialist HSCW taking on their IPR and training needs. The post holder will be responsible on a day to day basis to the senior Healthcare Scientist Team who lead the Sleep Laboratory as well as the consultant medical team and matron for the Thoracic and Ambulatory Directorate.

Essential skills

You will need the following attributes:

  • Be a UK Registered Nurse (or awaiting registration if newly qualified)
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic and a willingness to learn
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision within a team of Polysomnographers, doctors, nurses and healthcare assistant/technical officers.
  • Methodical and organised worker with good manual dexterity and attention to detail.
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks.
  • Willingness to work in close proximity to patients
  • Flexibility to work varying shift patterns including working night shifts.
  • An understanding of a clinical/hospital environment.
  • Good IT skills
  • Be motivated to learn and embrace new skills and technology
  • Either have experience in or be willing to develop into a team leader.


  • Previous ward experience.
  • Experience of using different I.T systems essential for clinic management.

If you can bring fresh perspectives, in any way, to the challenges we face whether through your background as someone from a UK ethnic minority or you live with a disability (visible or not), are open about your faith, religion or belief or about being LGBT, your application will receive a warm welcome.

For further information, or to arrange a visit, please contact Samantha Moir or Lorraine Rogers, Lead Sleep Technicians Tel 01223 638168. or

Closing date: 02/12/2021

Interview date: 21/12/2021

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once sufficient applications have been received.

** 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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