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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/07/2022.

Occupational Therapy Apprentice

Job Reference: 175-2223-2-PS3309

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy
Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge
£20,330 to £21,777 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.


Occupational Therapy Apprentice
Band 3
Hours per week: 37.5
Full time

We are very excited to announce that we are offering our first Apprenticeship in the Occupational Therapy team at Royal Papworth Hospital.

Occupational therapy is a rewarding career which requires a highly developed knowledge and professional skill set to enable you to work across a range of settings and environments. Occupational therapists (we)work with individuals from birth to end of life including those with physical and mental health conditions, injury, learning disabilities, long-term conditions, palliative care needs and with those who find themselves displaced from society.

At Royal Papworth Hospital, Occupational Therapists focus on ‘wellbeing through occupations’. We ensure patients are Safe And Functionally Enabled (SAFE) for community reintegration after life- changing heart and lung conditions that require surgery, organ transplantation or highly specialised medical interventions.

The apprenticeship will comprise of;

  • On the job training and off the job day release study at Coventry University (London Campus)
  • Dedicated time for study to support your development in this role
  • Studying key concepts and knowledge base relevant to occupational therapy
  • On the job mentoring and structured progression for the apprenticeship/student (e-portfolio)
  • University sessions set for practical components
  • A flexible learning approach – online lectures/ interactions to aid flexible learning
  • Placements and professional practice experience, which is an integral part of the apprenticeship
  • Completion of a BSc (Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

Come and join our friendly team and be supported to earn as you learn, whilst undertaking a nationally recognised qualification with a starting apprenticeship salary of £20,330. To meet the Skills Education Funding Agency (ESFA) funding rules applicants must have a right to work in the UK, or for EU citizens hold pre-settled or settled status and have been a UK or EU resident for the last three years or have indefinite leave to remain with documents that are not due to expire during the duration of the apprenticeship contract.

Applicants must also be able to evidence maths and English at level 2 and academic study at level 3.

You will be enthusiastic, have a positive work ethic, be keen to learn and able to work in an occupational therapy and wider multi-disciplinary team. You will receive support to gain a wide range of experience and skills, in addition to regular supervision and mentoring.

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. There is no upper age limit on joining us as an apprentice.

This post requires contribution to Bank Holiday and Saturday working. If you are successful in interview, you will be offered a further interview with Coventry University prior to being accepted onto the programme.

Your application (via NHS Jobs)

Please include in your Supporting Information how you will uphold the Trust values Compassion Excellence Collaboration

For further information or an informal conversation contact: Amy Chadwick, Service Lead Occupational Therapist on 01223 638408/07775553011 or

Closing date: 1/7/22

Interview date: 12/7/22 In-person


** 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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