Work for us

We are always keen to hear from people who would like to work with us. We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community regardless of sex, sexual orientation, racial origin or disability.

We are looking for people whose personal values and behaviours align with the NHS values and our own values and behaviours. Find out more about us.

We actively listen to those within our organisation and work closely with other NHS, public sector and voluntary organisations to make Cornwall a great place to be born, live and grow old. Developing the ICB is an ongoing journey we would love you to be part of.

You can look forward to excellent benefits including:

  • discounts in store and online
  • flexible working options
  • optional pension and life assurance
  • salary sacrifice schemes, including cars and bikes

Our offices are based across Cornwall. We have an agile working policy supporting both office and home working depending on your role and what you are working on.

Email our human resources team for more information.


Employees are paid in line with the national Agenda for Change agreement. We also offer:

  • a minimum of 27 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part-time employees), increasing with length of service
  • paid sick leave increasing with length of service
  • salary sacrifice schemes


We recognise the benefits that apprenticeships bring to the NHS, it’s colleagues and the wider population. We are committed to creating apprenticeship opportunities across the workforce. Between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022 the percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) was 6.06%. On 31 March 2022, 1.63% of our total workforce were apprentices.

Look out for apprentice vacancies on our job pages.

Staff voice

Our staff voice provides a vibrant space for colleagues to come together and share experience, feedback and suggestions. It’s a valuable opportunity to create an even better workplace. The group includes our colleague representatives, senior leaders, new starters and anyone else who would like to be involved.

We welcome input from everyone, from the regular attendees to those who drop occasionally with their unique perspective or idea.

Health and wellbeing

We are working hard to support our people to look after their health and wellbeing. Working with our staff voice group, we’ve developed a health and wellbeing charter which supports a culture of a healthy work-life balance. We also support colleagues to have regular health and wellbeing conversations as we continually strive to improve our people’s experience at work.

As part of this we offer:

  • employee assistance programme offering a range of resources and counselling services
  • flexible working arrangements
  • free eye tests
  • health and wellbeing charter
  • mental health first aiders
  • occupational health and counselling services
  • paid volunteering days

Staff networks and staff groups

NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly is committed to inclusion. Together with our partners at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, we offer a number of staff networks and staff support groups.

The networks and groups include the following and more.

  • Allies network
  • Armed forces network
  • Autism support group
  • Carers network
  • Diabetes support group
  • Ethnic minorities network
  • Gender equality network
  • LGBTQ+ employee network
  • Long term conditions and disabilities network
  • Menopause support group

We continue to work on inclusive approaches to support our colleagues.

NHS pension scheme

The NHS provides a competitive voluntary pension scheme that employees are eligible to join if they wish. Read about the NHS Pension Scheme.

Personal and professional development

We are committed to developing our people. There are a wide range of training and personal development opportunities available. These support us to achieve excellence through a competent and confident workforce.

An example of this is our new reverse and reciprocal mentoring scheme. This supports the region’s equality, diversity and inclusion plan which supports us to create and improve a compassionate, inclusive working environment. The launch of the programme will empower staff to learn from and understand the perspectives of our underrepresented colleagues.

Employability schemes

The Cornwall health and social care system runs a couple of employability schemes that help people improve their chances of being shortlisted for jobs in the health and care sector. Depending on your age you can be offered the one that you fit the criteria for. The programme is voluntary, which means it is unpaid for a period of time but can lead into employment. Depending on your circumstances we can offer you different alternatives:

  • A 3-day virtual training programme that tells you about the NHS and how it works which includes lots of different speakers who come along to talk about their different jobs and the entry requirements and career progression opportunities. The course also includes job searching, writing a good application and interview skills. It may be that this is all you need.

However, we can also offer you a work placement which can lead onto an offer of employment. Part of the placement is unpaid and part of it is paid, how long the unpaid part is depends on which programme you are eligible for.

  • Get into Health and Care is an employability programme that can be accessed by young people 16-30. This includes 2 weeks training and a 2-week work placement in either the health sector or in social care. If this is successful it can increase the persons knowledge and experience and lead onto paid work.
  • Step Into Work is another employability scheme which as aimed at people who are 19+ and are in receipt of work-related benefits. This also includes 2 weeks training but is followed by a 6-week placement which can also lead onto paid employment

If you are interested in any of these schemes please contact or

How we share your data

When people apply to work for us through NHS Jobs, the information supplied will be used to process applications and to monitor recruitment statistics. Where we want to disclose information to a third party, for example where we want to take up a reference or obtain a disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service, we will inform you first unless required by law.

Personal information about unsuccessful candidates will be held for 12 months after the recruitment exercise has been completed. It will then be destroyed or deleted. We retain de-personalised statistical information about applicants to help inform our recruitment activities, but no individuals are identifiable from that data.

Once someone works with us, we will create a file relating to their employment. This information will be kept securely and will only be used when directly relevant to that person’s employment. Once employment with us has ended, we will retain the file in accordance with the requirements of our retention schedule and then delete it.

What it’s like to live and work in Cornwall

By working in Cornwall, you get to enjoy a beautiful part of the country every day.

Aside from the beauty of the place, the area’s unique geography creates unique healthcare challenges. The Cornish peninsula has no motorways and few major roads. The Isles of Scilly are 28 miles from the mainland and accessible only by air and sea. We have unique challenges providing healthcare in a rural area with a population of 550,000 people, with high numbers of summer visitors. 

Our system approach supports our ageing population and those who live with long term or multiple conditions.

Read more information about living in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Page last reviewed: 11 January 2024

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