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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 31/01/2022.

Theatre Practitioner

Job Reference: 175-2122-1-TH3060

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Theatres Surgical
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.

Royal Papworth Hospital is proud to employ a diverse workforce who are encouraged to use their individuality to provide exceptional and personalised patient care. We believe that our strength as an organisation relies on our ability to foster an environment which encourages using our differences as a strength.


Theatre Practitioner - Scrub
Band 5
Full time 37.5 hours

It’s a great time to apply to join our incredible organisation: The Trust’s world-wide reputation and opportunities to gain exceptional training and experience make us an exciting choice for your next career move.

We are pleased to offer Theatre Scrub roles in our state of the art Theatres in our new hospital based in the vibrant city of Cambridge. We have 5 operating theatres, one hybrid theatre, two minor treatment rooms and a recovery department.

Working at Royal Papworth Hospital will provide you with an experience like no other to fast forward your career. We offer a supportive working culture where your contribution towards outstanding patient care will be valued.

Are you:

  • an NMC registered nurse or
  • an Operating Department Practitioner holding current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council?

Are you a motivated and enthusiastic individual looking for a new direction and challenge?

Can you uphold the Trust values: Compassion Excellence Collaboration in all that you do?

The successful candidate will provide planned care for patients undergoing Cardio Thoracic and Transplant surgery; assisting in the department’s workload as required whilst delivering a quality service in a professional manner and providing high standards of patient care. You will be a team player working in the multidisciplinary team. You may have experience in Cardio Thoracic and Transplant but it is not essential as full training will be given.

We offer:

  • A unique opportunity to gain skills in the care of patients undergoing open-heart surgery, transplant, thoracic surgery and catheter laboratory procedures (both elective and emergency pathways)
  • A comprehensive orientation and support package
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Salary range £25,655.00-£31,534.00
  • £1,000 welcome payment(applicable to substantive contract holders with a commitment to remain with the Trust for a minimum of 12 months)

Full time and part time options available (24/7 shift requirement) (departmental on-call commitment required).

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, are open about your faith, religion or belief or about being LGBT, your application will receive a warm welcome.

Your application – supporting information

Please include in your Supporting Information why you would like to join Royal Papworth Hospital and how you will support our values.

For more information on this role please call 01223 638000 and ask for:

Guiseppe Riotto, Email: or

Helen Navales, Email:

In line with government legislation, from 1st April 2022 all NHS staff working in a role where they will have face to face and/or incidental contact with patients must be double vaccinated against COVID-19. Only those with medical exemptions will be excluded from this requirement. This requirement applies to this role and therefore all successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination status or an official exemption certificate at time of any conditional offer being made and as part of pre-employment checks. Please consider this mandatory requirement when applying for this post

Closing date: 31st January 2022

Interview date: 9th February 2022

** 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, 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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