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Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for you within our Day Ward department for a band 6 Deputy Sister/Charge nurse. Our Day Ward is a busy nurse-led unit in which you will have a high volume and fast turnover of patients undergoing cardiac and thoracic investigations and procedures.

If you are searching for a better work-life balance, then day ward might be the place for you. We are open Monday to Friday from 06:45 to 20:00.

We are looking for a proficient staff nurse with at least 2 years post registration experience with experience within a Cardiology/Thoracic ward setting. This post requires excellent communication skills, and tact and diplomacy are essential when dealing with patients and their relatives as well as other members of the multidisciplinary team.

This is a time pressurised environment. You must be a team player who is well organised but flexible and who is able to deal with ever changing priorities. You will be able to demonstrate leadership skills and support the team in developing the services that we provide.

Main duties of the job

Take charge of the day to day management of day ward and discharge lounge, within the framework of the multidisciplinary team, acting as an effective role model, ensuring junior staff are supported at all times.

If you are a well organised, team player and able to deal with ever changing priorities then we would love to hear from you. As part of our team, we would expect you to be able to effectively multitask, and ensure all infection control risks were managed effectively. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality patient care which is enhanced through good and clear communication and team working.

If you are searching for an interesting and rewarding role with different challenges whilst working in a friendly team environment, then this could be the role for you. We invest in our team and would ensure you had the opportunities to develop professionally and undertake training to enhance your skills and knowledge.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • Registration with NMC
  • Degree/Diploma in nursing
  • Specialist training/CPD


  • Additional Leadership qualification (Edward Jenner, Mary Seacole etc)



  • Post-registration cardiothoracic experience
  • Evidence of experience in the specialty
  • Demonstrable evidence of mentoring and preceptorship
  • Managed clinical area in absence of more senior staff
  • Knowledge of NMC Code of Conduct and professional practice guidance
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and quality
  • Awareness of broader issues in the Trust and the wider NHS
  • Understanding of the professional nursing agenda
  • Aware of cultural and social influences on health and of the importance of respecting diversity and differences
  • Able to problem solve and use own initiative
  • Able to facilitate and support learning
  • Able to plan, organise and prioritise own and others' workload
  • Proven communication skills, written and oral
  • Able to contribute to policy and practice changes
  • Staff management, including appraisal


  • Understanding management and leadership theory and practice
  • People management in accordance to HR policies and procedures
  • Sharing and cascading information to the team
  • Thoracic oncology experience
  • Surgical patient experience
  • Cardiology experience, specifically TR band management.
  • Nurse in charge to coordinate the ward-includes bed management and allocation.

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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