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  • What we do:
    Cambridge University Hospitals is one of the country's leading NHS Foundation Trusts. We are a provider of local services, a centre for specialist care and a world-class teaching hospital
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    East of England

About Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

FOR STAFF, WORKING at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is about providing great patient care and getting support, development and job satisfaction in return. The trust is delivering on all counts with workers, registering high engagement levels in our staff survey.

Responsible for Addenbrooke's and the Rosie hospitals, the trust ranks first among big organisations on our list for 11 out of 70 questions and leads the way on staff development. Employees find work stimulating (75% positive), good for their own personal growth (73%) and believe they can make a difference within the organisation (71%).

Keen to support its workforce in both their personal and professional development, the trust values vocational learning as much as academic knowledge. There are extensive opportunities in-house and through external bodies to gain not only clinical skills training, such as resuscitation, but also in areas from IT and management to communication and conflict resolution. Staff say the training is of benefit to them (62%) and, with 43 senior managers promoted internally, there are plenty of chances to learn and grow (58%).

In addition to providing local services, CUH is a centre for specialist care and a world-class teaching hospital, so it follows that employees care about providing a great service (94%) and think that the trust delivers on this (77%). Staff at the Trust, which wins our Giving Something Back special award, believe it makes a positive difference to the world (73%) and are proud to work for CUH (75%).

The average salary of a nurse is just over £23,000 and a comprehensive range of staff benefits include a final salary pension, an on-site nursery, in-house accommodation, a free employee assistance programme, the opportunity to purchase extra holidays, and a leisure and fitness centre.

As part of its Addenbrooke's Life initiative, the trust has introduced a health and wellbeing programme.

Some 45% of the 7,581-strong workforce has put in at least five years' service. They have fun with their colleagues (74%) and also get a buzz out of working with them (62%).

What is it like to work for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Personal Growth
Personal Growth
The Trust's education, training and study leave policy ensures that the education, training and development needs of staff are identified, acknowledged and met in a fair and equitable way in line with the Trust's equal opportunities policy. Also to provide a framework for organisational development and compliance with Quality Health Commission and NHS Litigation Authority Risk Management Standards. The number of hours formal training required for each employee will vary dependent upon their role in the organisation. The Trust has developed its own training matrix which establishes what training is required during induction for new staff and for refresher for existing staff for all staff groups.
My Team
My Team
As part of the Addenbrooke's Life initiative, they have introduced a nationally recognised health and wellbeing programme where staff social events play a large role. This is possible as they get sponsored for many of their larger events. Things like their staff painting and poetry competition really take no cost at all, just time. Team building can take a variety of forms, some is conducted and organised at local level. Others prefer a more structured and formal approach. It is seen as important that teams decide themselves which approach is most suited to their own needs.
My Company
My Company
Staff have good reason to be proud to work for the Trust due to the fact that they were recognised as the best performing in the East of England for patient safety and also received a clean bill of health from the Care Quality Commission. The Trust likes to reward their staff for their effort in achieving such recognition through the monthly Our Way awards scheme. Employees are nominated by patients and colleagues for the You Made a Difference award, one of the monthly winners will also receive the annual award.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

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