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About Papworth Hospital

About the hospital

Royal Papworth Hospital is one of the largest specialist cardiothoracic (heart and lung) hospitals in Europe and includes the country's main heart and lung transplant centre. Over the last three years, it has performed the highest number of heart surgery procedures in the UK whilst achieving the country’s lowest cardiac surgery mortality rate.

The hospital has an extraordinary commitment to delivering the highest levels of clinical quality and providing the best possible standards of personalised care to its patients.

Papworth Hospital treats more than 24,400 inpatients and day cases and sees more than 73,600 outpatients each year from across the UK. Papworth Hospital’s services are internationally recognised and include cardiology, respiratory medicine, sleep medicine, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and heart & lung transplantation.

Located in Cambridgeshire in the East of England, the hospital sees patients for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiothoracic disease, it is also a national centre for a range of specialist services, including pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA).

Papworth Hospital has the largest respiratory support and sleep centre (RSSC) in the UK.

In September 2017, Papworth Hospital gained the Royal title from Her Majesty The Queen and changed it's name to Royal Papworth Hospital in January 2018.

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A top healthcare employer

Papworth Hospital has been named as a top healthcare employer and one of the top 40 places to work based on the results of a staff survey by the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times, supported by the Department of Health and NHS Employers.

Papworth Hospital was the first NHS hospital in England to receive a joint Investors in People and NHS Health and Wellbeing Award for looking after the health and wellbeing of its staff and continues to retain this award.

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Innovation and leading-edge research

We are proud of our reputation as one of the best performing hospitals in the UK. We have a long and established reputation for innovation and leading-edge research. Papworth Hospital was originally formed as a tuberculosis hospital in 1918 and our pioneering culture has led us to carry out many landmark procedures such as the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979 and the UK’s first beating heart transplant in 2006, the UK’s first Total Artificial Heart patient discharged home in 2011 and most recently Europe's first successful heart transplant using a non-beating heart.

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Putting our patients first

The safety of our patients and the experience they have while in our care is of primary importance to all staff at Papworth Hospital.

We are proud of our reputation as one of the best performing hospitals in the UK and we achieve some of the best outcomes in the world for our patients. Papworth Hospital retains an excellent record on infection control, regularly out performing the tough national infection control targets.

The safety of our patients and the experience they have while in our care is of primary importance to all staff at Papworth. We earned top scores in a major independent survey conducted by the Care Quality Commission in 2014 which canvassed the opinions of more than 59,000 hospital inpatients. Papworth Hospital’s results were amongst the best in the country relating to a broad range of issues including the hospital and the ward, and confidence in the care and treatment provided by our doctors and nurses.

A quote from one of our patients sums this up:

“I feel the treatment and general care provided was exemplary and would be genuinely hard to improve.”

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Our staff

Our highly-skilled multidisciplinary team includes, among others: doctors and nurses, cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac physiologists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory physicians, specialist cardiothoracic anaesthetists, intensive care specialists, radiologists and pathologists. They are assisted by a wide range of specialist support staff including dieticians, speech therapists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, clinical educators and the infection control team.

It is the dedicated teamwork of our staff who help to create the sense of ‘community’ which is so often talked about and is reflected here in a letter from a patient:

"I was recently a patient in your hospital... it was like staying in a kind of 'community'... It was clear that all staff were involved in ongoing training and research...the cohesion and co-operation between staff, whatever their role, was clearly evident and served as an amazing model of positive teamwork."

New Papworth Hospital

To meet the increasing demands for its services and to remain at the forefront of cardiothoracic services in the UK and beyond, Papworth Hospital is building a brand new, purpose-built hospital, with virtually 100% single rooms: and, in addition, the Heart and Lung Research Institute (HLRI), together with the University of Cambridge, on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

Co-location with the other organisations on the CBC will bring benefits to our patients as they will have immediate access to a range of services and will also bring opportunities in terms of research and education on which the treatments of tomorrow will be based. For the latest news on the new Papworth Hospital, please visit the dedicated new Papworth Hospital website. 

Papworth Hospital is one of just four members of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP), one of only five Academic Health Science Centres in England recognised by the Department of Health as internationally competitive centres of excellence in the integrated delivery of health care, health research and the education of health professionals.

Cambridge University Health Partners aims to drive forward the strategic partnership between the National Health Service (NHS) and the University of Cambridge to improve patient care, patient outcomes and population health through innovation and the integrated delivery of healthcare, health research and clinical education.
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Vision statement

At Papworth Hospital our vision is to be the leading hospital providing excellence in specialist heart and lung patient care, based on research, education and innovation. Our focus is growth, value and effectiveness, with a commitment to the highest levels of clinical quality and providing the best standards of personalised care possible to our patients.

Central to realising and maintaining the Trust’s vision is the provision of the new Papworth Hospital, the development of the associated Papworth Cardiorespiratory Research Institute (a joint venture with the University of Cambridge) financed by a major fundraising appeal and driving forward innovation under the auspices of Cambridge University Health Partners.

To ensure delivery of Papworth Hospital’s vision there is a wide range of key priorities for the Trust, which must be achieved in the three years covered by the plan. These are set out within our Strategic Plan.

 These priorities are cross-referenced to Papworth Hospital’s eight principal objectives:

1. Quality and Safety To provide a safe and clean environment and eliminate avoidable harm. To publish a wide range of clinical outcomes from the care provided by Papworth Hospital and introduce quality of outcome measurements as seen from the patient’s perspective.
2. Patient Experience To provide the highest quality of personal care, compassion, dignity and respect with which patients are treated.
3. Governance To ensure that Papworth Hospital achieves best practice in corporate governance (including standards set by all mandatory authorities).
4. Innovation To develop Cambridge University Health Partners into the leading Academic Health and Science Network in the UK. Maintain and promote other innovation work streams that contribute to Quality Innovation Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) agendas.
5. Staff Engagement To value our staff through developing responsive communication plans and support strategies including the promotion of health and wellbeing.
6. Meet Specialist Healthcare Need To treat increase the range and volume of clinical services through the delivery of integrated care pathways.
7. Working Differently To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all aspects of Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. To progress eHospital.
8. New Papworth Hospital To commence construction of the new Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

Core Standards Declaration

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust continues to achieve all of the core standards for better health. The standards are set and monitored by the Care Quality Commission (formerly the Healthcare Commission), who check whether NHS Trusts have achieved a satisfactory standard of safety, clinical and cost effectiveness, governance, patient focus, accessible and responsive care, environment and amenities, and public health. You can download the full Core Standards Declaration published by the Care Quality Commission.


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