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Deputy Sister

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Respiratory Support & Sleep Centre/ 4N is a 15 bedded ward specialising in the care and management of patients with sleep and respiratory disorders. The ward currently incorporates 3 high dependency beds for patients requiring weaning from invasive ventilation. We are one of the largest units in the UK providing non-invasive ventilation for patients with lung disease and neuromuscular disorders, we support over 1500 patients on long term home ventilation and 18000 patients on CPAP

Our focus is patients, their comfort and care. This is at the forefront of our thinking, and we are constantly working to develop the service we offer to the people we treat.

We are looking for a highly motivated and forward-thinking Deputy Ward Sister who can provide clinical leadership and ensure the provision of high-quality nursing care, to act as a role model and expert clinical practitioner.

Main duties of the job

This post holder will not only join the ward as a member of the team but will be part of an exciting new nurse led integrated community respiratory team, visiting patients within their homes to extend our services into the community.

You will need to be flexible, adaptable and committed to making a positive difference and have the excellent communication and clinical skills of a true team player.

We welcome applicants from individuals who can demonstrate post registration experience within the field of respiratory nursing. You will need to have experience with the management of patients requiring invasive and non-invasive ventilation experience with home NIV therapy would also be advantageous.

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
  • Diploma in Nursing or Degree in Nursing
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Management development training



  • Proven post-registration experience
  • Evidence of experience in the specialty
  • Knowledge of NMC Code of Conduct and professional practice guidance
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and quality
  • Awareness of broader issues in the Trust, the wider NHS and an understanding of the professional nursing agenda
  • Understanding management and leadership theory and practice, together with people management procedures
  • Aware of cultural and social influences on health and of the importance of respecting diversity and differences
  • Able to perform all nursing activities specific to specialty
  • Staff management, including appraisal
  • Able to problem solve, use own initiative and plan, organise and prioritise own and others' workload
  • Able to facilitate and support learning with proven communication skills, written and oral.
  • Able to contribute to policy and practice changes


  • Demonstrable evidence of mentoring and preceptorship
  • Managed clinical area in absence of more senior 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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