Charity Number: 279652

DDRC staff at Armed Forces Day

DDRC Healthcare employs both permanent and bank contracted staff.

To meet the needs of our 24-hour services we require a wide variety of skills and flexibility. Bank staff come from all sorts of backgrounds, for example students, nurses and firemen.

We employ doctors, nurses, chamber operators, researchers, trainers, engineers and organisational support staff. We are totally committed to maintaining high standards through ongoing training and opportunities to share skills.

DDRC Healthcare, as a charity, also benefits from the input of the volunteers who make up our Board of Trustees. We are grateful to them for the skills and commitment that they bring. If you are interested in volunteering for us as a Board Member, please get in touch to talk to us about the skills and experience that you could contribute.

Placements & Partnerships

We regularly have opportunities such as Student Nurse placements, short-term Junior Doctor contracts or PhD studentships (in partnership with other academic institutions). We are keen to talk with anyone who has ideas of how they could work with us. We hold hyperbaric medicine Taster Days for those who are interested in diving medicine and/or hyperbaric medicine and want to find out more about it. Keep an eye on our Events & Training Courses pages for details of these.

Board and Patron Volunteers

As a charity we have a Board of Trustees who work with us on a voluntary basis. This is an important role and we are always keen to talk people who feel they have relevant skills and experience that they would like to share with us. We are also keen to talk to any public figures who have a high profile and who would be interested in supporting our work as a patron. A key element of our work is sharing messages related to diver safety education and the uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Job Vacancies

Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Nurse

Closing date: 23/05/2022

15-30 hours per week

Salary will be circa £30,000 per annum pro rata dependent upon experience and skills.

  • Are you looking for a new challenge in a unique healthcare setting?
  • Would you like to work in a small team of doctors, nurses and chamber technicians treating a varied range of medical problems, with outstanding patient satisfaction?
  • Would you like to develop skills in diving and hyperbaric medicine, teaching or research?

We are recruiting a nurse to join our team, working in a small team at our centre in Plymouth.  DDRC is a charity and leading hyperbaric centre, commissioned by the NHS to treat divers with decompression illness. We also use hyperbaric oxygen to treat a diverse range of other diseases including arterial gas embolism, osteoradionecrosis and problem wounds. These patients are often complex and highly appreciative of the continuity of care that we provide, with our team treating daily for several months

In addition to funded training opportunities in hyperbaric medicine, the postholder would be encouraged to develop further skills. Possibilities for professional development include diving medicine, research, teaching, chamber operations, or other opportunities depending on the individual. You may want to be involved in teaching saturation divers and offshore yacht captains in pre-hospital skills or assisting with clinical trials for those recovering from radiotherapy, or train to operate a hyperbaric chamber. These are just a few of the possibilities available for the successful candidate.

Applicants must be NMC registered nurses (RNA/RN1) with demonstrable experience (at a minimum of Band 5 level) of at least one year. Previous or ongoing experience of diving, wound care and/or intensive care nursing would be advantageous but not essential. Candidates will need to pass an HSE diving medical and you will be required to support patients receiving hyperbaric treatment. The successful applicant will need to be able to work autonomously, be self-motivated and willing to take on a new challenge. Occasional work for treatments out of hours may be required

If you are keen to join our team then why not arrange a discussion with our Clinical Nurse Manager, Ali Bishop via and arrange a visit.

To complete the application process, please send this application form to (HR Manager) with Nurse Vacancy in the subject line. You can send in a CV along with your application if you wish.

Closing date:     23rd May 2022


Bank Hyperbaric Nurse

Closing date: 31/05/2022

Want to join our team as a Bank Hyperbaric Nurse?

Full Training Provided

  • Would you like to develop your knowledge and skills in a unique and interesting environment?
  • Would you be interested in becoming a valued member of our Hyperbaric Nursing Team?

We currently have a vacancy for a bank nurse (minimum one shift a month) at our Hyperbaric Centre in Plymouth. We are looking to appoint enthusiastic registered nurses.

Applicants must be RNA/RN1 qualified with a minimum of one year post registration employment at band 5 equivalent or above. Experience of wound care would be advantageous. Recent and ongoing critical care experience is desirable but not essential.

The post is subject to the successful completion of a HSE Diving Medical. You would be required to complete additional training /competencies in the area of Hyperbaric Medicine, and you would be expected to maintain continuing professional development activity. This is a clinical area with excellent learning opportunities.

If you are keen to join our friendly team, then why not come and visit the unit to learn more? To arrange this, please contact Senior Nurse Ali Bishop on 01752 209999 or

Applications are accepted via NHS jobs

The Job Description and Person Specification can be found on this page.

Closing date:  31st May 2022

Chamber Operator/ Chamber Attendant (Bank Staff)

Closing date: 17/08/2022

DDRC Healthcare is a charity providing hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy, training and research, in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and associated fields. This post is based at the Hyperbaric Medical Centre in Plymouth. We provide high quality care for patients referred for elective and emergency HBO for conditions recognised as benefiting from HBO such as decompression illness (DCI), tissue damage secondary to radiotherapy and diabetic ulcers.

This is an opportunity to do something which is both interesting and rewarding.

Post-holders will join as a ‘bank staff’ member of the Chamber Team, providing routine and emergency HBO therapy to patients on an ‘as and when’ basis, as requested by the DDRC Healthcare Chamber Supervisor. The hours available will be irregular. The Centre operates from Monday to Friday, 08.30 to 17.00, and once post-holders are suitably trained and experienced they will be expected to join our on-call rota which operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Chamber Team members operate the chambers and support people using them. Applicants might be people with an interest in healthcare, diving or from many other backgrounds.

You will be required to achieve in-date accreditation to DDRC Healthcare standards. DDRC Healthcare staff will carry out the relevant training and assessment required. Bank staff with no relevant qualifications will be offered an initial period of training, at the charity’s expense.

Following training, it is expected that the post-holders will join our on-call rota which operates outside of normal working hours, 24 hours per day.

Applicants must either have, or be willing to undertake, an HSE diving medical to ensure they are fit to ‘dive’ and carry out all the necessary duties. You must also be able to get to the Hyperbaric Medical Centre within 40 minutes, when on call.

To apply: complete an application form and send it to us with a covering letter and a copy of your CV. An Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification can be downloaded from this page.

Closing date: this vacancy does have a long closing date, however the vacancy may be closed at any time if we have sufficient interest.

For more information: for an informal chat with Chris Bryan Operations Director, email (please title your email ‘Bank Chamber Team’) to arrange a time.

Send your CV, completed application form and covering letter via email to: stating ‘Bank Chamber Application’ in the subject line.