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Why work at CUH?


Great place, great care
Our staff
Learning / development
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Our priorities focus on a quality service which is all about people – patients, staff and partners. Our values - Together - Safe | Kind | Excellent - underpin every aspect of work in the Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is one of the largest and best known hospitals in the UK. The Trust comprises Addenbrooke's and the Rosie, offering general and specialist and women's and maternity care respectively.

As well as delivering care through Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie, it is also:

  • a leading national centre for specialist treatment for rare or complex conditions
  • a government-designated biomedical research centre
  • one of only five academic health science centres in the UK
  • a university teaching hospital with a worldwide reputation
  • a partner in the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Our service is about people — staff, patients, partners and the public. Our values - Together - Safe | Kind | Excellent - underpin every aspect of work in the Trust and set our standards not just to our patients but to each other as colleagues...our values are a moral compass.

The foundation of our behaviour is the simple idea: treat others as you would be treated yourself. 

Staff recommendation of the organisation as a place to work or receive treatment is still above average when compared to all acute trusts.

  • 93% of staff are likely to recommend the organisation for care and treatment
  • 92% of staff motivated to make a difference to patients
  • 72% of Staff extremely likely /likely to recommend as a place to work
  • 60% of staff feel valued and recognised in their place of work

(Results from Q2 Family and Friends Test Staff Survey July -Sept 2018)

Our staff make this hospital what it is. Everyone’s contribution is valued and acknowledged – with over 100 staff roles, every single employee has a part in making the team at CUH the best.

Doctors, porters, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, carpenters, healthcare assistants, secretaries … CUH aims to support you in your working life.

Whatever your role, the quality of our patient care is totally dependent on the contribution of each member of staff and how we work together. It is a joint approach - the attitude, qualities and skills you bring to your role in the Trust and the support, development and job satisfaction you expect in return.

Work-life balance

We have a range of schemes to help you achieve a healthy work-life balance – flexible working, special leave arrangements, elder care, childcare facilities, and holiday play schemes. 

Staff awards

The 'Our way' staff award schemes aim to reward and recognise staff who make a difference in the workplace. These awards:

  • Value and recognise staff for their contribution.
  • Highlight good practice.
  • Encourage innovation, good ideas and service improvement.
  • Reinforce Our way, Our priorities and Our values across all areas of the Trust. 

We provide support for staff with children, including nursery and holiday playschemes and assistance with childcare costs.

Onsite childcare

The Trust has two day nurseries managed by Bright Horizons - Bunnybrooke’s and Long Road. Both nurseries cater for children aged 0–5 years.

Helping with cost

We know that childcare costs can be significant and offer a tax efficient salary sacrifice childcare scheme for staff using the onsite nurseries, as well as childcare vouchers for all employees who need to pay for childcare.


We have a dedicated Salary Sacrifice and Benefits team who can provide advice and information.

For more information about childcare, please call
Tel: 01223 274475 or 01223 349362

Or email

We believe that investing in staff development and training develops both individual potential and excellence at work.

Courses and programmes

All the learning and development opportunities we offer at the Trust are designed to support our values so that staff are fully equipped to provide safe, kind and excellent care and services.

From our highly supportive induction programme to our comprehensive range of high quality, in-house events, our aim is to help you grow in your role and to acquire the skills and knowledge that will help you to face the challenges of working in today’s NHS with confidence.

From Assertiveness to Workbased Mentoring, whether you need to learn how to save a life or keep on top of your email inbox, there are learning opportunities for everyone. This includes: 

  • Apprenticeship programmes
  • Nationally accredited courses
  • Clinical skills training
  • Vocational training
  • Personal effectiveness skills training
  • Leadership and Management Development programmes
  • Talks, lectures, workshops, e-learning modules and on-line guides 

Teaching hospital

We are a teaching hospital with close links to the University of Cambridge and other major research institutions. We are uniquely placed to identify wider opportunities for shared and multi-disciplinary learning both with external and partner organisations and other disciplines. 

 We also have links with other local academic institutions such as Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Regional College. 

We have modern, purpose-built and well-equipped facilities to work, learn and play, with a full range of shops and our own leisure and fitness centre onsite.

Shopping and eating

Our shopping concourse has a comprehensive range of services: including Marks and Spencer, clothes and gift shops, Body Shop, a newsagent, bank, travel agent, hairdresser, solicitor and dry cleaner. 

The food court includes a number of alternatives for buying hot or cold meals, snacks and drinks. 

Elsewhere in the Trust, the WRVS have café​s in outpatients and the Rosie and there is a coffee stand in the Addenbrooke's treatment centre.

The Frank Lee Leisure & Fitness Centre

We are proud to have our own leisure and fitness centre on site, complete with 25m pool and a wide range of sports and fitness facilities. There's also plenty of space to relax and a licenced bar with good value food.


Cambridge is one of the most attractive cities in the UK. An ancient university town, it is also a major high-tech centre with very low unemployment, good schools, lovely green spaces and plenty to do.

Visit Cambridge, the official tourist information website, describes Cambridge as ...'home of the famous University, carols in King's College Chapel and punting on the river Cam. Cambridge is a compact cosmopolitan city with outstanding architecture old and new. The beauty of its ancient centre is preserved with its walkable medieval streets, college courts, gardens and bridges.'

The University of Cambridge  has commissioned a series of special podcast / MP3 audio walks so you can find out all about Cambridge.

Living in Cambridge

Cambridge is a great place to live. There are good schools from primary to sixth form level and a growing number of well planned housing developments.

Everything you need is on your doorstep. The city features a wide choice of restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and cinemas, well equipped sports facilities and a range of independent shops and newly developed shopping centres including all the high street favourites.

The Cambridge region is one of the Government’s national growth areas with around 47,000 new homes and 50,000 new jobs planned in the area in the next 10 years. 


The city has good transport links. It is a 45 minute train ride from London and close is to Stansted airport. 


The NHS pension is linked to pay and length of membership and it gives you immediate life assurance from the first day of joining.

As part of the NHS, we offer a well-regarded final salary pension scheme. As soon as you become an employee you automatically become a member of the NHS pension scheme. Membership of the scheme is voluntary and, if you wish, you can opt out of the scheme at any time.

There are no administration costs and you may transfer pension benefits into and out of the scheme or increase your contributions to increase your benefits.

For more details about the NHS Pension Scheme, see the NHS Pensions website  or contact one of our Pension Officers.

Pension Officers: Heather Cheek and Lynn Palmer-Long

Tel: 01223 274 797 



Our staff can save money, from help with childcare and transport to discounts at local restaurants, shops, cinemas, hairdressers and other local businesses, as well as national discount schemes.

Salary sacrifice scheme

The Trust has in place a salary sacrifice scheme called ‘Advantage’ which provides staff with the opportunity to make savings of up to 30% on the costs of childcare, bicycles, lease cars.  The Advantage salary sacrifice scheme enables staff to save up to 30% on tax, pension and NI contributions and spread the cost of eg transport, childcare and accommodation. 

The scheme works by deducting costs from your salary, across the year (or more). This means that you are taxed on the amount after the deduction and your contributions are therefore less. Any permanent or fixed term contract staff member can join, unless the deduction takes their salary below the minimum wage.

Local discounts

Many local businesses offer discounts to CUH staff. We keep a regularly updated list of these on our intranet site. 
Discounts for staff (Link for staff on CUH computers)

National discount schemes

Further discounts are available to all NHS staff through Health Service Discounts.


We care about every member of staff and we appreciate that nobody can be expected to give their all to their job if they are burdened with troubles at work or at home.

Our outstanding reputation is due to the energy and dedication of our staff and know that this depends as much on what is going on in your life outside work, as on what you do here.

Care First

We offer a free counselling and information service to support our staff. Care First can advise on a variety of issues ranging from housing, childcare, legal, financial, mental health issues, human rights and family matters. with everything that matters, from housing and childcare through legal, financial, emotional and mental health issues to human rights and family matters. This is an independent and confidential service, available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 


The chaplaincy offers pastoral care and support to all members of staff and their families. This is a unique service offered to staff of all disciplines.

As we are based on the hospital site, we can respond promptly to any request from a member of staff. We are always pleased to help - whether this is through an informal or impromptu conversation in your place of work or by making an appointment.

All contact and conversations with staff are held in strict confidence.

Cambridge Health at Work - Occupational Health

Occupational Health assesses the effects of health on work and work on health. The team provides a range of quality services to staff including physiotherapy, ergonomics and immunisations, as well as helping staff manage in circumstances where health issues affect their working life.

Citizens' Advice Bureau

CAB offers a free confidential advisory service on a range of matters including social security, money worries, housing and consumer questions, work and legal problems as well as family and personal problems. Please visit their website for more information: Cambridge CAB


The Trust has put in place a series of initiatives designed to make it easier for staff to reach the campus. Most of these are designed to encourage alternatives to driving to work alone.

There are over 10,000 staff at CUH. The movement of such large numbers of people has a big impact on the local transport infrastructure. Although the Trust realises that in some circumstances, staff will need to drive to work, every effort is made to encourage people to use other ways of getting to and from work.

Public transport

The campus has its own bus interchange which provides bus links to and from all parts of Cambridge and much of the surrounding area, with over 60 buses an hour serving the campus on weekdays. The Trust offers discounted weekly and monthly cards bus tickets for use on the many buses which serve the site.

For staff travelling by train, an interest free loan and a discount for season tickets is also available.


Cambridge is often described as the UK's top cycling city. The Trust encourages cycling to work, offering a number of cycle and walkways that lead to the campus including the National Cycle Route 11. Other benefits include:

  • salary sacrifice scheme for bike purchase
  • onsite bicycle repair service
  • active bicycle users group

Car sharing

The Trust car share scheme is open to everyone who works on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. A specific area in the staff multi-storey car park is allocated to drivers who bring one or more colleagues to work.  

We have a range of accommodation for staff on site. Off the campus, staff live in Cambridge and the surrounding villages or commute from further afield.

Exclusively for those working on the Biomedical Campus, Sanctuary offers excellent value accommodation in Cambridge with the added convenience of being close to your place of work.

Whether you are currently employed by the NHS, starting a new role or placement, or are on a nursing, midwifery or operating department practice course at Anglia Ruskin University, we provide affordable shared flats. We also offer dedicated couples accommodation if you or your partner works on-site. Our accommodation is excellent value for money in comparison to the rest of the Cambridge housing market.

All of our rental charges include utilities, so you don't have to worry about any unexpected bills. Some of our accommodation is also available to move into straight away. Broadband is available in every flat (charges apply) and all bedrooms and communal areas have Digital Freeview TV aerial and telephone points. The Biomedical Campus is cycle-friendly, so you can take advantage of the secure bike storage on offer with our accommodation. An on-site laundry is also provided for our residents.


eHospital is an exciting programme that will change the way we work and how we care for our patients using latest technology. The first phase launches in October 2014.

The project - the first of its kind in the UK - will see the roll out of our new electronic patient record system. Every member staff will have access to the information they need about our patients, when they need it, without having to look for a piece of paper, wait to use a computer or ask the patient yet again. 

There will also be significant improvements across the Trust IT infrastructure.


Research is central to CUH’s identity as a leading NHS hospital and development as an academic research centre.

Cambridge is home to one of the richest pools of clinical and scientific knowledge and expertise not only in the country but in the world.

At CUH this is reflected in clinical teams working in the hospital alongside world-class scientists from a wealth of internationally renowned organisations such as the Medical Research Council (MRC) which shares the hospital campus. 

The Trust is responsible for overseeing all the biomedical research which takes place on our campus in so far as it involves our patients, their data or tissues, or where it uses NHS facilities and staff at CUH.

We currently employ over 300 research nurses. In 2013, the Trust established a Chair in Clinical Nursing Research at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in conjunction with the Florence Nightingale Foundation with the remit of further developing nursing research capacity and capability here. 

Professor Christi Deaton, who took up this role, said: “When I came to CUH I was pleased to find so much support for nursing research, many nurses engaged in research, and many activities already in place. This is absolutely the best place to be if you are a nurse who wants to advance nursing knowledge, and generate and use evidence to improve patient care".