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Senior Anaesthetics Secretary

Job Reference: 175-2223-2-CA3227B

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
TCCA Directorate
£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.


Senior Anaesthetist Secretary to the Surgery, Transplant and Anaesthetics Division
Band 4
Hours per week: 37.5 hours per week – Full Time

Anopportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Surgery, Transplant and Anaesthetics Division within a Trust with a world-wide reputation and opportunities to gain exceptional experience mean that this is a wonderful place to develop your career.

Royal Papworth Hospital is proud to employ a diverse workforce who is 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.

The successful candidate will be joining a Trust with a focus on providing excellent patient care and experience alongside innovation; they will have an important role in supporting Surgery, Transplant and Anaesthetics to achieve these goals

Are you keen to join us and grow your career with a world-class organisation at an exciting time of change?  If yes, we would love to hear from you.

Role Summary

Are you organised and motivated with the qualities and skills (or willingness to learn) to make a difference to our patients’ care.

The successful candidate will have the chance to make a real difference by providing a high quality, efficient service for our Trust.

The main duties of this role are to provide a high quality, patient focused, comprehensive secretarial and administrative support service, with particular responsibility as Personal Assistant to a team of Consultant Anaesthetists and Consultant Intensivists. The role also provides a quality administrative and secretarial service to the Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Clinical Fellows. This role will also include the day to day supervision of the Band 3 Anaesthetic / Theatre Secretaries and the CCA Ward Clerks, including IPR and other HR functions.

Other skills should include:

  • High level of communication skills both verbal and written
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience in minute taking
  • Keyboard skills and knowledge of Microsoft products
  • The ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Applicants should have proven interpersonal skills, be self-motivated, have excellent organisational skills and demonstrate good leadership skills.  You should also be able to demonstrate effective communication at all levels and work well as part of a team.

How to apply:

  • Complete your application via NHS Jobs (we cannot accept CV’s)
  • You may wish to look at the role profile and include details of your experience and skills that meet the criteria
  • Please include in the Supporting Information section of application how you meet the Trust values Compassion Excellence Collaboration

For further information or an informal conversation contact: Jackie Sherwin, 01223 639334,

Closing date: Friday 8th July 2022
Interview date:  Monday 18th July 2022   [Teams]

** 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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