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Cardiothoracic Support Deputy Sister/Charge Nurse

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Cardiology nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team in Cardiac Support.

We are a busy team and are responsible for numerous nurse led clinics, covering both the Cardiology and Cardiothoracic patient group.

We work Monday to Friday 8-6pm, and are looking for full time nurse. Part time will be considered.

If you have cardiology and surgical experience and preferably have the clinical assessment course, then we would love to hear from you.

The post requires excellent communication skills, as you will be dealing with patients, family members and a wide cross section of MDT members.

You will also need to be a strong team player.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate would be involved in all aspects of the patient's journey at Royal Papworth - from time of referral, through their subsequent investigations and treatments, whilst also providing support and advice once discharged from Royal Papworth Hospital. It is, therefore, essential to have excellent communication and organisational skills and to be able to manage your own workload, as well as working well as a member of the cardiothoracic support and multi-disciplinary teams.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced nurse who would be expected to have experience within a cardiothoracic setting.

If you feel you have these attributes and are looking for a rewarding and interesting, yet challenging, role we will provide you with the support to develop both personally and professionally.

If you would like further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Lana Shirley Cardiac Support Sister on 01223 638100.

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



  • Registered Nurse
  • Advanced clinical assessment skills
  • Enhanced DBS clearance


  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Teaching and assessor qualification
  • Degree in Nursing
  • Cardiac Course



  • Extensive experience at band 5 or equivalent
  • Experience in cardiothoracic nursing
  • Evidence of experience in the speciality
  • Demonstratable evidence of mentoring and precentorship
  • Ability to problem solve and to use own initiative.
  • Ability to facilitate and support learning.
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise workload.
  • Ability to contribute to policy and practice changes.
  • 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
  • Problem solving and use own initiative, escalating appropriately.
  • Plan, organise and prioritise workload.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Support and supervise junior members of the team.
  • Work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team, patients and their relatives.
  • Be self-motivated.


  • Evidence of experience in Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery
  • People management in accordance with HR policies and procedures
  • Thoracic/ oncology experience
  • Surgical patient experience
  • Cardiology experience
  • Ability to coordinate shifts and clinics as Nurse in charge role.
  • Awareness of broader issues within the Trust and the wider NHS
  • 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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