Join us, and we'll look after you

Prioritising the wellbeing of our staff is part of our commitment to create the best staff experience in the NHS, in a compassionate and collective culture.

We believe our benefits set us apart, with up to 41 days annual leave, 50% off food and drink, a market-leading pension, free tea and coffee, free gig, sport and comedy tickets, extensive training opportunities and much more.


The support this hospital provides is like nowhere else I've worked. There is always something going on to support staff.
Luke Bage
Head of Resourcing

What you'll get from us

We need caring, enthusastic and motivated people with a desire to make a positive difference to help us make Royal Papworth Hospital one of the best in the world.

In return, we will offer you an extensive list of benefits, rewards and discounts:

Enhanced annual leave

35 days as standard per year (including bank holidays, based on full-time hours). An extra two days of annual leave after five years of continuous service and a further four days (total 41) after 10 years. 

Gold-standard pension

The NHS pension allows you to plan for the future, with a 20.68% employer contribution. 

Subsidised restaurant

As part of our £1 million Welfare and Wellbeing Fund, all staff get 50% off food and drink in our restaurant, which we subsidise. 

Enjoy your half-price meals from our restaurant beside our duck pond (in the company of actual ducks), surrounded by colourful wild flowers and green spaces.

Free bus travel

Free bus travel to our hospital from Cambridge Railway station, Trumpington Park and Ride and Babraham Road Park and Ride. 

This is also part of our £1 million Welfare and Wellbeing Fund. 

Free tea, coffee and milk

No one wants to be wasting vital time devising milk rotas or realising the tea bags have run out. We provide free tea (and decaf), coffee (and decaf), milks (and vegan alternatives) and squashes. 

Free music, comedy, theatre and sport tickets

Come and work at Royal Papworth and treat your friends and family (and yourself) to free or discounted tickets to see your favourite bands, artists, comedians, shows and sports with Tickets for Good, Blue Light Tickets, Concerts for Carers and Tickets for Medics.

You can get some tickets worth up to £100 for just the price of a booking fee.

Hardship Fund 

Emergency financial aid for staff who find themselves in unexpected crises. 

Other benefits, discounts and rewards

  • On-site gym at Frank Lee Centre Leisure & Fitness
  • Exclusive retail discount scheme for Royal Papworth staff, with deals through our pAPPworth app.
  • National discount schemes – such as a free Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • 5% childcare discount at The Old Station Nursery.
  • Staff recognition and reward vouchers.
  • Annual Staff Awards event held every December at Homerton College in Cambridge.
  • Annual Long Service Awards.
  • Staff accommodation at Waterbeach.
  • Salary sacrifice ‘Cycle to Work’ and ‘Car’ scheme.
  • Enhanced pay progression for Band 5 nurses.
  • Career progression opportunities.
  • Comprehensive training and education.
  • Flexible working.



We know that we need to look after our people in order for them to be able to look after our patients.

Our health and wellbeing team work hard to ensure a year-round calendar of wellbeing events, whether it’s our (friendly but competitive) step/distance challenge every May which brings the whole hospital together, or having fun by cycling for a smoothie.

We have trained our own mental health first aiders, mental health facilitators and have a qualified health and wellbeing practitioner on site. 


Recognising excellence is a key part of our culture.

Laudit is an innovative online platform developed here at Royal Papworth Hospital which celebrates the everyday extraordinary.

Colleagues take the time to say thank you to others for excellent, compassionate or collaborative work by registering a ‘Laudit’. Crucially, this is sent to the individual but also the recipient's line manager to ensure great work is seen and rewarded.

Recruitment awards and accreditation

We were the first NHS hospital in England to receive a joint Investors in People and NHS Health & Wellbeing Award.

We also have a NHS Pastoral Care Quality Award for international nurse recruitment.

Veteran aware

We are a Veteran Aware trust in recognition of our support for ex-service personnel. 

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. We have a silver award in recognition of our support to defence and the armed forces community. 

Through Step into Health, members of the Armed Forces community can connect to NHS organisations to set up training opportunities, clinical and general work placements, insight days and receive application support. The programme provides a dedicated pathway into a career in the NHS.

The Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) is a group of NHS providers that have agreed to be exemplars of the best care for, and support to, the armed forces’ community.

We do this through our Veteran Aware accreditation model, which encourages providers to identify those patients with an armed forces background.

A purple tick with the words Veteran Aware in blue  Step Into Health logo`  Armed Forces Covenant - proudly supporting those who serve