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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/07/2022.

Deputy Chief Nurse

Job Reference: 175-2223-2-NS3327

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge
£78,192 to £90,387 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.


Deputy Chief Nurse
Band 8d

Hours per week: 37.5
Full time

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and ambitious senior nurse at Royal Papworth Hospital.

We are looking for an inspiring, motivated and innovative individual who will work in collaboration with the Chief Nurse, Heads of Nursing, Matrons and multi-professional teams to ensure delivery of excellent quality, safe and effective care and the best patient experience. The post holder will have corporate responsibility for a defined professional portfolio that includes safeguarding, clinical education, nursing workforce effectiveness and end of life care.

Through inspiring, compassionate and engaging leadership, and well-developed expertise in delivering quality improvement the individual will work across teams to support and deliver ambitious improvement and change in a fast-moving health care environment.

The post holder will have experience and skill in supporting the development of the nursing workforce at Royal Papworth Hospital with the ability to collaborate with stakeholders to meet the meets of staff and services and ensuring equity of access for all.

The postholder will be given the opportunity for development through opportunities internally and externally to the Trust and will have the opportunity to deputise for the Chief Nurse across the Chief Nurse portfolio.

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.


Application for this role will be via NHS Job. Your application will ONLY be assessed for shortlisting on the basis of the responses you give to the following questions. These questions are designed to draw out information which we have identified as key criteria for this role. Please set out your answers to these questions in the “supporting information” section of the application form on NHS Jobs.

Through experience/examplesof your personal and/or professional life respond to the following questions:

Question 1:

Tell us what you can bring, through your personal background or identity and experience which when combined with others, can help the Trust to understand, value and enhance the diversity and feelings of belonging amongst our staff.

Question 2:

Demonstrate how you have a proven track record (through feedback from line managers, peers,

other colleagues and patients) that you can lead staff in a way that is compassionate and collective; empowering them to develop and lead within their areas of responsibility.

Question 3:

At Royal Papworth Hospital we know our patient experience and outcome feedback is better than the feedback from staff and particularly staff from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background on their working experience. What will you bring to this role that will help us to improve this position?

Question 4:

Please describe your vision for the professional development of the nursing profession and what you would do to translate your vision into action that promotes nursing as an interesting and rewarding career for all our nursing staff at all levels.

Question 5:

Please give an example of a time when you had to adjust your leadership style to a particular situation?

Question 6:

Please give an example of when you were involved in workforce redesign or planning outlining the professional aspects you were required to consider?

Please include through your answers how you will uphold the Trust values, compassion, excellence and collaboration at all times.

For further information or to arrange an informal conversation with Maura Screaton, Chief Nurse, please contact Teresa Stephens, EA to Chief Nurse, or 01223 639778.

Closing date: 06 July 2022

Interview date: 25 July 2022 [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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