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Who we are?

Cambridge University Hospitals – Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie – is a community of twelve thousand people who are passionate about improving people’s lives. We provide services as a local hospital for local people, and as a specialist hospital for a much wider population. As an academic medical centre we work across 75 medical and surgical specialties, with corporate and support teams – and health, care, academic and industry partners – to deliver care, learning and research.

Each of these three strands is equally important: caring for patients who are sick today while training the skilled staff who will care for patients in the future and researching the next generation of advances to clinical practice. Each strand also supports the other two strands: conducting research attracts staff wanting to broaden their skills and enables our patients to benefit from better care sooner; and providing care enables innovative clinical treatments to get into practice sooner.

Our location in Cambridge, as part of an innovation ecosystem, unlocks huge opportunity to go further. As the largest centre of health science and medical research in Europe, we aspire to continue developing the cross-industry partnerships that further improve outcomes for patients while powering economic growth.


CUH provides

  • Emergency, medical and surgical care for a local population of half a million people in Cambridge, South and East Cambridgeshire; and is a member of the Integrated Care Board serving a million people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough;
  • Specialist services for a regional population of six million people across the East of England; and
  • National services in organ transplantation, cancer, neurosciences, paediatrics, genetics and rare or complex conditions.


CUH is a teaching hospital for:

  • Medical students from the University of Cambridge;
  • Undergraduate students and apprentices in areas including Nursing, Allied Health Professions, Pharmacy, Radiography, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, from a number of partner Higher Education providers; and
  • Apprentices in non-clinical roles including estates, engineering, maintenance, plumbing, customer service, administration and data.


CUH is

  • Part of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) through the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC);
  • A member of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP), one of eight Academic Health Science Centres; and
  • A partner with the University of Cambridge and a thriving ecosystem of life sciences and technology industry on and beyond the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

A year at CUH in numbers

A year in numbers at CUH.

Our values, vision and priorities

Our vision triangle. Vision, values and priorities

Our commitments in summary

Non-urgent advice: Improving patient care

Integrated care

We will work with NHS, other public sector and voluntary sector organisations to improve the health of our local population

Emergency care

When patients come to the hospital in an emergency we will treat them, and help them to return home, quickly

Planned care

When patients need planned care we will see them as quickly and efficiently as possible

Health inequalities

We will tackle disparity in health outcomes, access to care and experience between patient groups

Quality, safety and improvement

We will continuously improve the quality, safety and experience of all our services

Non-urgent advice: Supporting our staff


We will invest to ensure that we are well staffed to deliver safe and high quality care.


We will invest in education, learning, development and new ways of working.

Good work

We will strive to ensure that working at CUH will positively impact our health, safety and well-being.


We will seek to drive out inequality, recognising that we are stronger when we value difference and inclusion.


We will foster compassionate and enabling working relationships.

Non-urgent advice: Building for the future

Specialised services

We will work with hospitals across the East of England to provide high quality specialised care for more patients closer to home.

Research and life sciences

We will conduct world-leading research that improves care and drives economic growth.

New hospitals and the estate

We will maintain a safe estate and invest in new facilities to improve care for patients locally, regionally and nationally.

Climate change

We will tackle the climate emergency and enhance environmental sustainability.


We will use technology and data to improve care


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