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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/02/2022.

Executive Assistant

Job Reference: 175-2122-1-OM3098

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Transition Programme
Royal Papworth Hospital, 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.


Executive Assistant to the Director of Strategic Projects

Now is an excellent time to consider a career move to Royal Papworth Hospital. We have an exciting career opportunity for an experienced Executive Assistant to join our small team.

The Director of Strategic Projects has a wide ranging and exciting portfolio and therefore requires a dynamic individual who will provide support to the Director, the wider projects team as the other members of our Board.

You will have excellent communication skills together with exceptional organisational and administrative abilities. Responsibilities will include diary management, servicing of Board level committees which will include ensuring meetings are efficiently organised, minuted and facilitating the effective flow of business between meetings. Efficient administrative support for the high-level projects undertaken by the Director and team, who lead on the development and implementation of a range of projects within the Trust. The team are currently focusing on the commissioning of the Heart and Lung Research Institute, the implementation of a system wide Cardiovascular Disease Strategy and the development of a Royal Papworth School.

This is a diverse and demanding role that requires high levels of confidentiality, an innate ability to prioritise under your own initiative, whilst having a flexible approach to the demands of this role whilst working closely with your EA colleagues to provide a professional support service to the Executive team.

Applicants must possess excellent secretarial and digital skills, a natural attention to detail, together with relevant experience of working for a Director/Senior Manager in a large organisation.

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 differencesas a strength.

Please include in your Supporting Information how you meet the Trust values: Compassion Excellence Collaboration

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

Informal enquiries about the role are encouraged. Please contact Liz Bush, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO and Medical Director on 01223 639628 or Wendy Walker, Director of Strategic Projects on

** 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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