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 outstanding benefits set us apart.
What you'll get from us
We believe we offer some of the best benefits in the NHS. And we're always adding to this list, too.
Enhanced annual leave
35 days as standard per year (including bank holidays, based on full-time hours).
37 days after five years of continuous service, rising to 41 days after 10 years.
The NHS pension allows you to plan for the future, with a 20.68% employer contribution.
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Enhanced pay with eight weeks full pay and 26 weeks half pay, plus additional support if complications arise.
As part of our £1 million Welfare and Wellbeing Fund, all staff get 50% off food and drink in our restaurant, meaning a delicious, hot meal for as little as £2.50.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Staff accommodation at Waterbeach.
- Annual Staff Awards event held every December at Homerton College in Cambridge.
- Annual Long Service Awards.
- Salary sacrifice ‘Cycle to Work’ and ‘Car’ scheme.
- Enhanced pay progression for Band 5 nurses.
- Career progression opportunities.
- Comprehensive training and education, including discounts to international courses.
- Flexible working.
50% off food and drink
As part of our £1million support package to staff, we subsidise food and drink by 50% in our restaurant and coffee outlets, meaning a healthy, hot meal for as little as £2.
Relax by our duck pond
We're famous for our duck pond, beside which you can unwind and enjoy those half-price breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Cambridge was voted the best UK city to work in (2023), with punting and plenty more to explore on our doorstep.
Free bus travel
We pay for free bus travel for staff to our hospital from the nearby Park and Rides in Cambridge.
Staff recognition and thank you
Thanking our staff with a free BBQ lunch to mark the NHS's 75th birthday
The Green and Gardens
The green and wildmeadows outside our hospital are perfect for relaxing with your colleagues.
Our wellbeing team is always organising fun events for staff, such as this Smoothie Bike.
Cycle to work scheme
Secure bike storage for all staff in our spacious, covered bike shed.
Our annual Staff Awards night is held each December in Homerton College, Cambridge.
Long service awards
Recognising staff in our annual Long Service Awards.
Random acts of kindness
A small treat during the hot summer weather to say thank you.
We have built a reflection garden for staff to unwind amongst nature.
Our deputy medical director leads regular wellbeing walks through the neighbouring nature reserves in the warmer months.
There are many beauty spots around our hospital in which to unwind on your break, including Hobson's Park Nature Reserve.
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 deliver a year-round calendar of events. Whether it’s our step challenge every May which brings the whole hospital together, or cycling for a smoothie, there is always a bit of friendly fun to take your mind off the day job.
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.
These 'Laudits' are 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.
We were also part of the pilot for Pastoral Care for Support Workers, achieving a silver award.
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.