Addenbrooke’s Abroad

We are one of just a few NHS Foundation Trusts to have a dedicated programme supporting global health activity. Addenbrooke’s Abroad relies on voluntary donations and grants through Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, which enables us to support positive, sustainable change in healthcare by facilitating international partnerships with hospitals and health organisations in the developing world, and to promote mutual learning between CUH and our overseas partners.

Our work helps create new and innovative partnerships with local and international organisations and supports the Framework for NHS Involvement in International Development. CUH is one of few NHS Foundation Trusts to have a dedicated unit supporting global health activity.

Addenbrooke’s Abroad works to:

  • Facilitate positive change through partnerships (links) with overseas institutions
  • Coordinate effective, sustainable long-term support and training that is responsive to the needs of the partner institution.
  • Encourage and enable CUH staff and students to make practical contributions in health systems across the developing world.
  • Provide a focus for healthcare-related work undertaken overseas by Cambridge University Hospitals and Clinical School staff and facilitate effective sharing and dissemination of the benefits of global health work.

"Links allow NHS staff to contribute to the improvement of healthcare worldwide, whilst continuing to serve their own communities. Links motivate staff, enlarge their experience, sharpen their skills and thus help to retain them within each country's National Health Service: the benefits are clearly felt by both English and overseas partners."

Lord Nigel Crisp

Former Chief Executive for the NHS in England

Volunteer opportunities

"Even through the language barrier, I learnt that a smile can go a long way."

Debbie Morgan, Assistant Director of Commissioning,
CUH Finance Department

Addenbrooke’s Abroad is a charity and most overseas volunteers pay their own costs - they do not receive funding from NHS resources. To make a real difference to global health we depend on volunteers both overseas and in the UK.

To date staff and students from across all departments of Cambridge University Hospitals have volunteered in over 25 countries around the world. And you don’t have to work for CUH to volunteer overseas and / or to help with fundraising and other UK based activities.

To find out more about us and our work visit our website or email:


Addenbrooke's Abroad is part of ACT, the registered charity for Addenbrooke's and the Rosie. Charity No. 1048868