Cambridge Children’s Hospital is a world first hospital which will provide a whole new way of caring for children and young people.
The East of England is the only region in the UK currently without a purpose-built children’s hospital. Cambridge Children’s Hospital will provide care for every child and young person in the region and provide the level of care countless families need, without having to travel hundreds of miles to get it.
It will be the first hospital in the world that fully integrates mental and physical health provision so that young people and their families experience complete and seamless care according to their individual needs. This will be underpinned by world-class research in child health and genomics.
There'll be more provision for intensive care, specialist wards will provide children in crisis with safe spaces to get better and dedicated operating theatres will facilitate thousands of live-saving procedures.
The hospital brings together the unique offerings of its three partners: Cambridge University Hospitals, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge.
With a university research facility within, it will integrate cutting-edge treatments and technology, bringing physical and mental health together and using genomic medicine to not just treat diseases but prevent them completely. It will put the child at the centre of everything and draw on telehealth technology to connect people beyond walls and treat young people as close to home as possible.
Cambridge Children's Hospital had the first stage of its business case (the Strategic Outline Case) approved by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England & NHS Improvement in April 2020. The Outline Business Case was submitted back in December 2022 and work is underway on developing the final stage of the hospital's business case - the Full Business Case (FBC) - throughout 2023.
In March 2022 the early external hospital designs were approved by the Cambridge City Council planning committee. The project is proceeding apace with workstreams in full flow to integrate physical and mental health care, to actively engage health providers, children and their families across the region, to develop design and construction plans, and – crucially - to attract more than £100 million in philanthropic funding to add to the commitment of £100 million of public money announced in late 2018 by then Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
How to get involved
Children and Young People’s Network
We are engaging with families from across the region to co-create a unique environment designed to take care of the whole child. With an emphasis on usability, play and childhood, young people will be at the centre of the hospital’s creation, reflecting their own position at the heart of its existence.
Find out more about how to get involved.
Healthcare professionals and staff
The knowledge and enthusiasm of staff is vital for the success of the Cambridge Children’s project.
Find out more about joining the staff reference group.
To create this world-first hospital, we need your support.
Whether you challenge yourself at one of our fundraising events, enable transformational research with a philanthropic gift or provide vital business sponsorship, every gift will make a difference to the health of children and young people, and bring us closer to realising our bold vision.