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Staff Nurse - Enhanced Recovery Unit

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

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An excellent opportunity for experienced or newly qualified nurses to join the team on the enhanced recovery unit here at Royal Papworth Hospital has arisen.

We are looking for dynamic, motivated, and compassionate registered nurses to join our highly specialist and internationally renowned multi-disciplinary team. With state-of-the-art facilities, our initiative is to help improve the flow of patients through our hospital, providing outstanding compassionate and holistic care to our patients.

Comprising of 14 beds, but utilising 10 to support the flow of patients, we aim to enhance postoperative recovery, allowing for a shorter overall stay in hospital. ERU is a standalone nurse-led unit with support from a dedicated lead surgeon.

Main duties of the job

To care for our patients we need a highly skilled and innovative team, we will support your development through every stage of your career with our dedicated education team.

Our well-established programme for registered nurses will be tailored to you, combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for you to excel in your role. You will have access to expert clinical mentors and higher education programmes such as the Critical Care Course at degree or master's level, funded places at international conferences and careers coaching for progression in more specialist roles.

Applicants should refer to the Role Profile attached to advert for full information about the role.

Please include in your Supporting Information why you would like to join Royal Papworth Hospital and how you will support our values

If 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



  • Current registration with NMC, part one or two of the register
  • Diploma, BSc or MSc in Nursing


  • Qualification in relevant specialty
  • Degree in Nursing
  • Completion of Critical Care Step 1-3 competencies
  • Critical Care Course at degree or MSc level
  • Practice assessor course



  • Proven evidence-based clinical practice
  • Utilised reflective practice
  • Knowledge of NMC Code of Conduct and professional practice guidance
  • Good theoretical and practical knowledge of nursing within the clinical area
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and quality
  • Aware of cultural and social influences on health and of the importance of respecting diversity and differences
  • Able to perform nursing activities specific to specialty
  • Able to problem solve and use own initiative
  • Able to plan, organise and prioritise workload
  • Proven communication skills, written and oral
  • Able to work collaboratively as part of multi-disciplinary team


  • Evidence of experience in Critical Care
  • Awareness of broader issues within the Trust and the wider NHS
  • Understanding of the professional nursing agenda
  • Able to assist Healthcare Support Workers
  • Able to induct/orientate new staff to the clinical area and identify key learning needs of less experienced staff

Additional Criteria


  • Evidence ability 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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