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Cardiac Surgical Care Practitioner

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Surgical Care Practitioner to join the Cardiac Surgical team at St Thomas' Hospital.

As a member of the Cardiac Surgical multidisciplinary team the successful candidate will work closely, under the guidance of the Cardiac Surgeons, to provide support in the pre-, peri and post-operative care of the patients.

We are currently looking for an experienced, energetic and self-motivated individual to join our existing team of cardiac surgical care practitioners who are passionate about theatre nursing and their role. The successful applicants will also have the ability to work effectively and flexibly within the busy cardiac department here at St Thomas'.

Cardiac experience essential.

Closing: 11/06/2023

Interview: 30/06/2023

Main duties of the job

Working under the direction and supervision of the Cardiac Surgeons, the successful applicants will assist senior and junior clinicians during cardiac surgery.

You will be able to work autonomously in harvesting conduit for coronary artery bypass surgery, assist in all surgical procedures and contribute to the pre-, peri and post-operative care of the patients.

The successful candidates will also have the opportunity to train in Endoscopic vessel harvesting which will in turn provide an essential competency to progress to band 8a, subject to an interview upon completion.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

St. Thomas' Hospital is located in the centre of London and can offer an innovative, challenging and inspirational career experience in cardiovascular surgery. Within this site sits the cardiovascular theatre department, consisting of 4 cardiac theatres and one hybrid theatre.

As a tertiary referral centre, the Cardiovascular department prides itself in being nationally and internationally renowned for its services, quality of staff and academic departments.

The Cardiac Surgical team is a highly technical and highly specialised team consisting of senior & junior clinicians, theatre staff and perfusionists.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and independently as required
  • Assist in all aspects of cardiovascular surgery including harvesting of vein and radial conduit, progression to endoscopic vein harvesting and assisting in the surgical opening and closure of patients
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexible to cover a range of shift patterns and on calls to meet the needs of the theatres and the cardiovascular department
  • A commitment to the delivery of a high standard of evidence-based care
  • Promoting best practice and contributing towards quality improvements.
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills
  • Participation in on call rota

See job description for further details

Person Specification



  • Basic Surgical Skills (suturing, knot-tying). Excellent manual dexterity
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal & communication skills
  • Experience of audit, research and evidence based care



  • Extensive experience with cardiac theatres.
  • Extensive experience of working autonomously
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.



  • Qualified Surgical Care Practitioner
  • Current Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Professional council.

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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