Return to search

NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/02/2022.

Assistant Practitioner

Job Reference: 175-2122-2-THO2961

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Respiratory Medicine-4th Floor North
Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge
£22,549 to £24,882 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.


Thank you for considering a role at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust within our Respiratory Medicine Team.

Royal Papworth Hospital is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital, treating around 50,000 patients each year. The Trust has been rated 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

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 have ensured highly successful nurse recruitment campaigns. We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to apply to join the Royal Papworth Hospital family.

We are looking for a Band 4 Assistant practitioner or qualified Nursing Associate to join our multidisciplinary team in providing excellent care to patients within the following specialities.

  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Transplant
  • Lung Defence and CF
  • Interstitial Lung Disease

Working alongside the team of healthcare assistants, registered nurses, assistant practitioners/ nursing associates, clinical nurse specialists and the senior ward nursing team, with a close working relationship with the wider MDT you will strive to provide exceptional, evidence based care to all of our patients.

We expect staff to uphold our values of Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration at all times. This means that we are committed to recruiting the right people: people with the skills, behaviours and competencies to achieve high standards of patient care in a specialist centre, pioneering interventions and improvements.

The successful candidate will have the skills to support the Leadership and Management of a team of Healthcare support workers; to inspire them through role modelling clinical and professional excellence and supporting them in delivering an excellent patient experience.

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.

This post is full time following a pattern of 12.5 hour shifts 07:00-19:30, 37.5 hours a week. Flexible working may be considered.

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 discussions are welcomed and arrangements should be made with Michelle Barfoot, Siana Kennelly or Fiona Bruce Ward Sisters ext. 638420.

General Compliance:

1. You must comply with all Trust Policies and Procedures, and have particular regard to

- Risk Management - Health & Safety - Information Governance

- Confidentiality - Data Quality - Freedom of Information

- Dignity at Work

2. You will be responsible for compliance with infection prevention and control policies, procedures and standards and ensure that you maintain compliance with all mandatory training applicable to the post. You must practice and encourage appropriate hand hygiene and act professionally to ensure the hospital environment is clean, safe and tidy.

3. To perform your duties to the highest standard, with particular regard to effective and efficient use of resources, maintaining quality and contributing to improvements.

4. To follow all Trust Security policies and procedures and be vigilant to ensure a safe and secure environment for care.

5. You will be responsible for any data to which you have access and/or are required to transfer. This includes all types of data, e.g. patient, employee, financial, electronic, hard copies of printed data, handwritten data, etc. All data must be kept securely and in line with the Trust’s policies and procedures and you must comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and with common law on confidentiality.

6. You will be responsible for data quality and complying with the policies, procedures and accountability arrangements relating to maintaining accuracy and probity in the recording of the Trust’s activities.

7. The Trust is committed to screening carefully all staff who work with children and vulnerable adults. This appointment is, therefore, subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

8. You will be required to participate in the Trust’s Individual Performance Review process.

9. You must uphold the Trust’s values and standards. Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration.

10. You will be required to perform any other duties that may reasonably be required from time to time.

The job description, which provides a general outline of the main duties and responsibilities of the role, will be subject to review. In consultation with you, it may be amended to meet changes in the needs of the service and/or in your personal development requirements.

** 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.

SAFERJobs To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs (, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.

  • Disability Confident Committed
  • Positive about Disabed People Logo
  • Smoke Free Logo
  • Age Positive Logo
  • Apprenticeships Logo
  • CQC Outstanding