Royal Papworth Hospital

We are currently preparing to move to a brand new heart and lung hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

This state-of-the-art new building will include five cath labs, two hybrid theatres, a 46-bed critical care area and six inpatient wards.

But it will be the people, not the building that makes the hospital.

We need excellent, caring and talented people to make the new Royal Papworth Hospital one of the best in the world.

About Royal Papworth Hospital

It is an incredibly exciting time to join Royal Papworth Hospital. After almost 100 years in the village of Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire, we are now preparing to move to a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in Spring 2019.

In the last 100 years, Papworth has built an incredible reputation as one of the leading cardiothoracic hospital's in Europe. We are famous for pioneering a series of “firsts” in heart and lung medicine – from the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979 to the world's first successful heart, lung and liver transplant in 1986.

Today, Royal Papworth Hospital carries out more major heart operations than any other hospital in the UK, currently totalling more than 2,500 per year. Our hospital includes the country’s largest heart and lung transplant centre and the national centre for pulmonary endarterectomy. Papworth is also a national centre for a range of other specialist cardiothoracic services, and our survival rates and outcomes are among the best in the world.

Papworth is also a wonderful place to work. Our patients often talk about feeling part of the Papworth “family” and it is true for our staff members, too. Across the hospital, we aim to create an environment where everyone feels valued and rewarded for the incredible work they do.

Our move to the new Royal Papworth Hospital is the next chapter in our story. It is our chance to keep making history and continue pioneering new treatments that save lives across the world. Our new location on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus will also give us much greater opportunity to work with other research organisations and hospitals to bring new treatments to patients more quickly.

We have big ambitions for the new Royal Papworth Hospital but we need your help to turn our vision into a reality.


Working at Royal Papworth Hospital

Would you like to work at one of the UK’s top heart and lung hospitals?

We employ more than 1,800 staff members in a huge range of roles, from nurses, doctors and healthcare scientists to HR, finance and IT professionals.

We are proud to be a top healthcare employer and the first NHS hospital in England to receive a joint Investors in People and NHS Health & Wellbeing Award.

We need caring, innovative and excellent people to help us make the new Royal Papworth Hospital one of the best in the world. In return, we can offer the following benefits:

  • NHS pension
  • Discounts at a wide range of retailers
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Enhanced pay progression for Band 5 nurses
  • Flexible working
  • Career progression opportunities

If you are a UK-based overseas nurse, we can fund your training for the IELTs course – the English language test you’ll need before registering as a nurse with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


Meet some of the people who have already chosen to work at Papworth...


We are incredibly proud to have some of the best people in the NHS amongst our staff. We interviewed a few of our staff members from different areas of the hospital to find out why they have chosen to work at Papworth.

Papworth people

Kathryn Barbour

Susana Novo

Dr Will Davies

Madonna Edward

Dr Patrick Heck

Dr Zilley Khan

Kathryn Barbour, Cystic Fibrosis Research Interventionist

How long have you worked at Papworth?

It will be six years in October.

What made you choose a career in nursing?

I always wanted to be a nurse as I see myself as a very caring person and enjoy working with people. My mum was a nurse and continued her career in the caring profession, so becoming a nurse felt like a very natural thing for me.

What would you say to other nurses considering working at Papworth?

I would tell them to come! Papworth is an excellent hospital to work in. I came here as a newly-qualified nurse, moving away from family and friends in Scotland and immediately I felt welcome. Everyone was extremely friendly and I felt part of the team very quickly. Papworth has offered me many opportunities to progress my career and complete further training at Anglia Ruskin University. I know it’s been said before but the staff here feel like a big extended family.

How are you feeling about the move to the new hospital?

I am very excited about the move. It will be sad to leave the old site as it has so much character and history but it is very exciting to have a new and shiny hospital.

Can you share a story about the most memorable patient you’ve helped?

I have worked on the Cystic Fibrosis Unit since I qualified and during that time I have got to know our patients and families very well and that is what I love about the job. CF patients transition to Papworth from paediatric care when they are teenagers and it can be very daunting when they first come to Papworth. What I enjoy most is getting to know new patients and their families. I think it is very important to build that relationship and rapport with the patient to ensure we as a team provide the best care.

Susana Novo, Staff Nurse

How long have you worked at Papworth?

I have been working in the cardiology department at Papworth since the summer of 2013 and couldn't be happier. I had no previous cardiology background but this didn’t make a difference to my application as I received training here.

What made you choose a career in nursing?

Since I was a child, I had a passion of caring for others. I wanted to be a biologist so I could save animals, but then my mother suggested that I should direct my passion towards people, which made me choose a career in nursing.

What would you say to other nurses considering working at Papworth?

In my opinion, Papworth is one of the best places to work. I had the privilege to work in different countries with different teams and hospital systems and I can proudly say that Royal Papworth Hospital takes patient care to the next level. The multidisciplinary team is outstanding, the teams are so friendly and approachable and we offer personalised support for every single staff member.

How are you feeling about the move to the new hospital?

I believe that it's going to be a great opportunity to develop our skills in a different environment. Our vision for patient care will not change and we will extend the great job we do here to the new hospital. A strong team provides high quality care wherever they are and I'm quite excited for the new challenge ahead.

You’re from Portugal. What do you miss most about being at home?

To be honest, what I miss the most it's my mother's cooking, but luckily I have the best ward manager that understands the importance of family in my life and makes my schedule more flexible so I can go home every single month. This is just an example of how the management team goes the extra mile to make staff happy, valued and to promote staff retention. Also, with time I've started developing true friendships here and now I work with people that I can call family.

Dr Will Davies, Consultant Cardiologist

How long have you worked at Papworth?

I first arrived at Papworth in 2005 as a Cardiothoracic Registrar and spent 18 months on the Surgical and Transplant Services. The transplant job sparked my interest in cardiology so I applied for further training within the Eastern Region. Following a Fellowship in St Thomas’ Hospital, London, I started my Consultant career at Papworth, ten years to the day since my first visit. Once you’ve experienced the unique qualities of Papworth first hand it does tend to draw you back!

What made you choose a career in cardiology?

I’ve always enjoyed the technical aspects of a procedural-based specialty and the rapidly evolving field of cardiology has a myriad of opportunities for innovation. Take Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantations (TAVI), for example. Even ten years ago if someone had told me we could place a new valve in an awake patient whilst talking them through the procedure and send them home the next day I would not have believed them. The next few years hold great promise for even more remarkable progress.

What do you find most rewarding about your role?

I think one of the most rewarding aspects of the role is being part of a team that has the patient at the centre of everything they do. At 3am on a Monday morning when the paramedics arrive with a patient in the throes of a heart attack, the skills of the team usually mean that, within the hour, the patient will be sat up recovering.

I’ve often wondered how many members of the Papworth staff are involved and influence the outcome of each patient. The cath lab staff hand over the patient to the critical care nursing team and soon to the ward staff. The pharmacists, physios and OTs, ward clerks, secretaries, cardiac rehab team, cleaners, junior doctors, IT team and management exec all strive to ensure that the patient has the best possible experience.

What are you most looking forward to about the new hospital?

Our current site has served us very well for the last one hundred years but we really have now outgrown it. The once-in-a-career opportunity to move to a state-of-the-art hospital with all the latest equipment and purpose-built facilities is very exciting. However, like any house move there will be challenges ahead, and any new house only becomes a home once the family move in. We need to keep the Papworth magic – and that comes from the staff alone. We’ve managed pretty well within the current constraints so imagine what we can do with world-leading facilities.

How would you describe your team in three words?

Skillful, compassionate and inspirational.

Madonna Edward, HR Partner

How long have you worked at Papworth?

I have been at Papworth for three and a half years.

Why did you choose a career in HR?

I was first inspired to work in HR when I did work experience at the age of 16 in a human resources team. This motivated me to take up further education and training, to gain my CIPD qualification in Human Resource Management and successfully obtain a professional role in HR.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I really appreciate the culture here and the opportunities I have been given here. I enjoy the fact that my role is fundamentally about people, helping them develop themselves and their teams. One of the core responsibilities of my role is to help managers find the best people with the right skills and the right time. Most of all, I like being part of a small, busy HR team and being able to take advice from senior colleagues and learn from their experience.

What’s the biggest challenge in your role?

At the moment my biggest challenge is supporting the managers here through all the change associated with the move to the new hospital in Spring 2019.  I also have a key role to help reduce staff turnover by ensuring that people are managed well by supportive managers.

Dr Patrick Heck, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

How long have you worked at Papworth?

As a Consultant, since March 2012, but on and off as a junior doctor since 2003.

What made you choose a career in cardiology?

It provides a broad range of subspecialty training options, enabling one to choose to become almost a hybrid between a physician and a surgeon, as we have the opportunity to assess, diagnose and provide long-term cardiology care for our patients like traditional physicians, but also undertake physical interventions, such as stent implantations or pacemakers, that can hugely and immediately improve the lives of patients. It also enables us to work closely with other disciplines, such as the cardiothoracic surgeons, which can be very rewarding.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people I work with and the ability to make such a positive impact on a patient’s life

What’s been your most memorable day at work here at Papworth?

The day I was told I was successful in my interview for a Consultant post.

How are you feeling about the move to the new hospital?

A mix of trepidation and excitement. Change can be a daunting prospect but we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a state-of-the-art cardiothoracic centre on one of the biggest biomedical campuses in Europe, linked to one of the best universities in the world. If we get it right it will be amazing.

Dr Zilley Khan, Medical Education Fellow

Dr Khan has worked at Papworth since 2012. She currently works in the clinical education team looking after medical education training for undergraduates and postgraduates.

Why did you choose your current role?

I trained as a specialist registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology but was on a career break looking after my three children when I came across the role at Papworth. I joined the clinical education team to gain exposure and experience in teaching and I have to say that Papworth offered me a lot more than I expected and it was the best decision I ever made.

Have you completed any further training while at Papworth?

I was given the opportunity to undertake an MSc in Medical and Healthcare Education which I have now successfully completed.  I also completed a two-year fellowship in Quality Improvement with Health Education East of England.  I have developed immensely both on a personal and professional level and am not only able to pass these skills on to other healthcare professionals but also use them to provide the best patient care.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I have a great passion for teaching and thoroughly enjoy the delivery and design of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. The great variety in my work makes it very rewarding for me. I am very proud to be working at a world-renowned specialist cardiothoracic hospital with such an excellent and friendly team.

How are you feeling about the move to the new hospital?

I am very excited and really looking forward to the move where new opportunities will open up to take training and education to the next level.

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Alternatively, if you'd like to speak to someone about joining Royal Papworth Hospital, please call our recruitment team on 01480 364982.


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