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Staff Nurse-Surgery

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
5 North is a 41-bedded ward, which is on the cutting edge of technology, providing surgical experience for staff caring for patients undergoing pioneering cardiac surgery as well as heart and lung transplantation. Some of the cardiac surgeries patients undergo are: CABG, Mitral Valve Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Aortic Surgery. You may experience patients with Ventricular Assist Devices which act as a bridge for some patients on the heart transplant waiting list. 5 North is in the process of developing a 4-bedded PCU area set within the existing ward for patients requiring a higher level of nursing intervention.

5 South is a 41-bedded ward, which specialises in innovating thoracic and cardiac surgery. Some of the thoracic surgeries patients undergo and patients 5 South care for are: Complex lung resections, Lung volume reduction, Chest wall surgery, Pectus surgery, Airway surgery, Mediastinum surgery, Metastectomy surgery, PTE, Thoracic sarcoma, investigation and management of pleural diseases. The team treats local, national and international patients, sometimes taking on cases that have been turned down elsewhere. Royal Papworth Hospital has some of the best outcomes nationally and internationally and is one of the biggest centres for lung reduction surgery and is also a world-leader in minimally invasive surgery.

Main duties of the job

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Cardio-Thoracic Nursing Team on Wards 5 North and 5 South.

One of the main duties will be to provide a high standard of patient centred and evidence-based care for the individual needs of our patients and their families, this in consultation with multidisciplinary team.

You do not need experience in cardio-thoracic nursing to apply. We are keen to recruit staff to join our team who will share our vision, enthusiasm and pride in the care we deliver. You will be working with friendly, dedicated and passionate team members. We look forward to you joining us and expanding our team!

Working on 5 North/5 South will see you progress and fast forward your career to become an expert within Cardio-Thoracic Nursing. Development opportunities at Royal Papworth Hospital are first class, with supportive individualised orientation programme and opportunities to progress in your careerIf you are interested in finding out more about working with us, please see our dedicated pages on our website:

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



  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Current registration with NMC, part one or two of the Register


  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Teaching and assessor qualification
  • Degree in Nursing
  • Cardio-Thoracic Course



  • Proven evidence-based clinical practice
  • Demonstrates reflective practice
  • Adhering to the NMC Code of Conduct and professional practice guidance
  • Good theoretical and practical knowledge of nursing within the clinical area
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and quality assurance
  • Awareness and need to demonstrate a professional appearance and behaviour
  • Aware of cultural and social influences on health and of the importance of respecting diversity and differences
  • ILS trained or willingness to undertake the training
  • Able to problem solve and use own initiative
  • Able to plan, organise and prioritise workload
  • Proven communication skills, written and oral
  • Able to support, supervise junior members of the team
  • Able to work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team, patients and their relatives
  • Be self-motivated
  • Have the ability to take initiative as required and able to liaise with the appropriate manager and bleep holder


  • Evidence of experience in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Nursing
  • Awareness of broader issues within the Trust and the wider NHS
  • Understanding of the professional nursing agenda
  • Able to induct/orientate new staff to the clinical area and identify key learning needs of less experienced staff

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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