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CUH induction - A beautiful video that reflects and celebrates the amazing work taking place at CUH. Showcasing the breadth of skills, expertise and professions of our staff members.


Video transcript

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From 23 miles of corridors, to working with precision. 37,000 steps and counting.

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First steps of recovery. From serving our patients, to being part of a team, we’re NHS to the core.

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I’ve been here 10 years.

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Penelope has been here a day.

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Treats make my day.

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Smiles make mine.

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Reassuring hands, scrubbed hands, dancing hands

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Cutting edge research, focused innovation, world-leading science.

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And great quality care.

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Trusted expertise.

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Giving back life, for precious family time.

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Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent.

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It’s the people who make CUH special.

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Thanks to: ACT, the fundraising charity dedicated to make our hospitals even better for patients. Addenbrooke’s Arts, for enhancing the hospital environment through an innovative, stimulating and engaging arts programme. NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility for providing state-of-the-art clinical research facilities to support world-class research at our hospitals. East Anglian Air Ambulance for providing footage of their life-saving work.

Useful Links

Sustainable Transformation PartnershipIt’s all coming together (opens in a new tab): information on job roles within the NHS

Course finder toolHealth Careers (opens in a new tab) – use this link to find a course that suits you.

HCPCThe Health and Care Professions Council (opens in a new tab) (HCPC) protect the public by regulating 15 health and care professions. To do this they set standards for professionals’ education and training and practice, keep a register of professionals (known as ‘registrants’), who meet their standards, and take action if professionals on the Register do not meet their standards:

NHS values for healthcare e-tool -Try the NHS ‘Values for healthcare’ challenge e-tool which has been developed for anyone who is thinking of applying for a support role [Bands 1-4] in the NHS in order that they can assess how well their values match the 6 NHS Constitution Values. The e-tool, which also aims to raise awareness of Bands 1-4 roles, can be accessed by a computer, tablet and mobile. Any one of the 4 support worker job roles featured in the Values for healthcare challenge can be chosen even if it doesn’t match the type of job role you are aiming for or thinking about. Find out whether you have what it takes to work in the NHS by going to NHS Values Tool (opens in a new tab) . On completion, you will receive your results and feedback by email which you can then download. It is up to you whether you share your results with anyone. The link to ‘Values for healthcare’ is also available on NHS Jobs

Step into the NHSTake the quiz (opens in a new tab). This is designed to help you find a career that may be suited to you. Step into the NHS is an interactive website which gives a great introduction to the NHS and the careers available in the industry.

For Schools – This link is for teachers and provides resources for the different key stages Step into the NHS – For Schools (opens in a new tab)

Ambulance Service –  If you are thinking of a career in the ambulance service there is lots of information on the East Anglian Ambulance website (opens in a new tab)

You may find the following videos useful:

Nursing, Midwifery or Healthcare Support Worker –  Find out more:

Health Careers – Explore the huge variety of healthcare roles available Careers in Health (opens in a new tab)

If you would like to see a little bit of the hospital, click on the links for a virtual 360 degree tour:

Interested in what else is available at CUH?  – Please see our Careers site for more information.


Science & Medical Physics

Medical Physicists research and develop techniques and equipment used to diagnose and treat illness, covering areas such as imaging techniques, radio therapies, electronics, and laser technology. Interested in Biomedical Science – Take a look at the Institute for Biomedical Science pages for more information. Hear from some of our very own scientists:

Science and Mortuary

This may not be something you had thought about, but watch Jess explain to you about her role and the satisfaction of caring for patients.

Clinical Scientist

Are you interested in Science and blood? Do you like the idea of helping patients with their blood disorders? If so, this may be the career route for you. Watch Stephen talk about his journey with CUH for over 20 years and how you can start and develop your career as a clinical scientist.

NHS Careers - Clinical Biochemistry (opens in a new tab)

Sterile Services

Do you know what this department does? If you are inquisitive and like taking things apart and putting them back together, this may be for you. Watch Richard talk about his lead role, where he started and how he describes what the team as are doing.

NHS Careers - Decontamination and sterile services (opens in a new tab)


Medicines are the most common form of treatment in the NHS and pharmacies are where medicines are stored, prepared and dispensed. Pharmacies can be found in hospitals and the community, in health centres and GP surgeries and in high street shops and supermarkets. Watch this video if you think a career in pharmacy could be for you. There are lots of different roles at different levels providing the opportunity to work your way up.


Watch a video of Radiographers at work and explaining about their role at CUH. Could this be the career for you? Radiographers take images of the insides of patients’ bodies to diagnose injury or disease. They also care for and treat people with cancer. Radiographers look after people who are unwell or in pain, and may be anxious or uncertain about what is going to happen. They use their wide range of skills and training to deliver a sensitive, patient-focused healthcare service in imaging and radiotherapy. Radiographers use high-tech, expensive equipment and are an important part of a large medical team.

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Have you heard of these roles? Do you like the idea of having face to face patient contact and helping them move forward in life and achieving goals they never thought possible? Watch Erin at work making a cast and fitting a leg to see if this inspires you, and is your dream career pathway?

NHS Careers - Entry requirements and training (prosthetist/orthotist) (opens in a new tab)


Did you enjoy clay modelling as a child; do you like art or graphics? Watch Adrian and the team at work making facial implants for patients, designing ears, nose and eyes to help patients with disfigurement from either from an accident or cancer etc.

NHS Careers -

Oral and maxillofacial surgery (opens in a new tab)

Speech and Language Therapy

Did you think this is just about talking? Wrong – this is about feeding and swallowing from birth to the elderly. Watch the video to find out a bit more about what they do – it may be your future career.


Does working in a theatre get your mind wondering what you could apart from being a surgeon. There are many roles within an operating theatre, why not watch Nicola talk about her role and why she likes what she does, and then click on the link here to research other roles which may suit you.

NHS Careers - Medical associate professions (MAPs) (opens in a new tab)


Why choose physiotherapy? Becoming a physiotherapist means you can play a key role in enabling people to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life, take a look at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (opens in a new tab) page for more information.

It’s a profession that works with people to identify and maximise their ability to move and function – an essential part of what it means to be healthy. Once you have a physiotherapy degree you are eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can also join the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) as a qualified member and enjoy the chartered status that inspires public confidence and provides an advantage in the jobs market. So if you want an academic qualification and professional status, physiotherapy can be a great choice of career.

Lady on green exercise ball holding dumbbell's sat next to physiotherapist

Dieticians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices: The Association of UK Dietitians (opens in a new tab)

Noushka  - Dietitian
Clinical Engineering, Innovation, Design and Development

Clinical Engineers design, develop and maintain equipment used for diagnosing and treating patients. Find out more - Clinical Engineering - UCAS Do you have an interest in design and engineering. Have you thought I could do this in the NHS? Watch this to find out more.


Have you ever wondered how the brain works, what brain waves are sent when you smile or close your mouth – if so, this may be the career for you. Take a look at a Neurophysiologist at work.


It is amazing the tests that can be done if your balance isn’t very good or you are hard of hearing. Would you like to know more? Click on the video to look at the career prospects of an audiologist.

Administrative and Clerical

Our Admin & Clerical placements can provide you with a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable administration experience in the NHS across different clinical settings such as acute, mental health or community hospitals to local health centres and practice surgeries:

Finance staff at desk in office
Service Manager

What training do you think you need for a Service Manager? James describes his journey at CUH and the training he has completed starting with an apprenticeship, working his way up in administration. James now oversees the Ophthalmology department. Once you start in an administration post, there is a variety of career pathways available to you.

NHS Careers - Administration (opens in a new tab)

Digital Marketing

Do you like social media, website projects, filming, photography and communication? Does this sound like a career for you? Listen to Josh talk about his journey into an apprenticeship and his progression in his career so far.

NHS Careers - Training and development (communications and corporate affairs management) (opens in a new tab)

Workforce Co-ordinator

Does working in a department that supports the whole of Cambridge University Hospitals appeal to you? Listen to Marc talk about his journey from an apprenticeship in Recruitment to a Manager in Estates and what is involved in his role.

Physician’s Assistant

Have you heard of this role? Do you want to work face to face with patients? This role is key to supporting the treatment of patients across the whole of the Trust whether you are in Accident and Emergency, in the Rosie Maternity Unit or on one of the wards. Do you enjoy communicating with people and have a caring nature? Watch Jade talk about her role and where it can lead to.


Are you interested in blood and like the idea of working face to face with patients? How about being able to talk all day. Being a phlebotomist provides you with the opportunity to communicate with people, put them at ease and have a rewarding job with career progression in healthcare at a time that suits you.

NHS Careers - Phlebotomist (opens in a new tab)


Do you understand what goes into research? Once you have studied for your career maybe a doctor, nurse or scientist there are many opportunities to move into the field of Research. Listen to Jason talking about his role as a Research Nurse.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (opens in a new tab)

Carpentry and Maintenance

Are you a maintenance person, someone who likes building things or mending them. CUH has many different career roles in the Estates and Facilities department. Here is Ben talking about his role as a carpenter, why he likes being at CUH, and working in the NHS. Why not check out to see if we offer your career choice as an apprenticeship direct from college by emailing

NHS Careers - Estates Services (opens in a new tab)

Cardiac Physiology

As a first year Cardiac Scientist trainee a core part of my role is to gain experience and learn skills in interrelated departments whilst gathering evidence of competence. Rotations in cardiology, respiratory and vascular science highlight the multifaceted nature of disease and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in disease management. The role involves practical learning in other areas such as radiology and biochemistry and understanding how this relates to alternative diagnoses / treatments.

My role is patient facing and involves:

  • Using a wide range of tests to diagnose and monitor common heart conditions.
  • Analysing and interpreting results and writing reports.
  • Assisting in the treatment of common heart conditions as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team.

Electrocardiography (ECG) is an important non-invasive test that can help identify an arrhythmia or coronary artery disease. As a cardiac scientist I perform and interpret the results of diagnostic tests including 12-lead ECG analysis in clinic.

Continuous 24-hour holter recordings and exercise stress testing require ECG analysis and report writing which impact on the patient treatment pathway. I am in the learning stage of echocardiography which can assess myocardial function following a heart attack or in heart failure and it can detect valve problems, congenital heart conditions (e.g. septal defects) or inherited heart conditions (e.g. cardiomyopathies).

Cardiac scientists obtain images and heart function information and write reports that are essential to the patient’s diagnosis and treatment. Cardiac scientists assist in the Cardiac Catheter lab with implantation of permanent pacemakers. We are responsible for preparing and evaluating the device, pacemaker clinics, inpatient pacemaker checks, analysing remote ECG data and writing reports on the findings.

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Occupational Therapy Holly Pretious

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, including children. They look at all aspects of daily life, from the home, to school or the workplace. As an occupational therapist, you will help people who have difficulties carrying out day-to-day activities because of a disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and a range of long-term conditions.

Nursing Bronwyn Ramsay

Are you interested in a nursing career or returning to nursing? Do you think that all nurses work on wards or in clinics? Look at this short video to see where a nursing career has taken Bronwyn and see what she does now as a nurse within the Occupational Health team and what is available as a nurse.

Midwifery Jen Shepherd

Are you thinking about being a midwife? Here we have Student Midwife Jen talking about her training, what her day looks like looking after the Mum to be during the 9 months, throughout labour and after baby’s birth.

Genomics Uloaku Chinwah

Are you interested in a career in Genomics but not aware what roles are available? Uloaku works within the Genomics Culturing team – watch below to find out more about her role and other roles in the department.

Dietetics Sophie Barnett

Do you really understand what a Dietitian does? Take a look at Sophie’s video works within the Dietetics department and explains about her role within the team. There are many specialist areas within the Dietetics Team

Dietetics / Catering Liaison Nelly Brooks

There are many different roles under Dietetics. Nelly’s is different from Sophie’s above. Watch Nelly to find our more information about her role as a Catering Liaison Dietician.

Administration Apprenticeship Taslima Begum Mia

Are you having trouble deciding what career you would like? Come and join us on an administration apprenticeship and build you skills and learning whilst deciding. Listen to Taslima, she joined us from Secondary school and is looking on moving on to a clinical career. Administration skills are a set of skills you can take with you into any career and being an apprentice will provide you with the opportunity to find out above many roles within the NHS you probably have not heard of.

Highlights of Careers at CUH

Not sure of what you are looking for? – Take a quick look at the overview of some of the roles at CUH for inspiration.