Working with us


NHS Kernow recruits people via NHS Kernow jobs and the NHS jobs website.

We are always keen to hear from people who would like to work for us and we are committed to ensuring people with disabilities are supported to work with us both during recruitment and once you join us. We are also committed to helping people with mental health problems in similar ways.

We aim to recruit people whose personal values and behaviours align with the NHS values outlined in the NHS Constitution and our own values and behaviours. Our main office is in St Austell, although there is potential to work from other NHS sites that we currently occupy. We like to be flexible with our employees and will discuss options available to you during your interview. You can find out more about NHS Kernow in the About Us section of our website. 

What are the healthcare challenges?

Aside from the beauty of the place, the area's unique geography creates unique healthcare challenges. Surrounded on three sides by water, 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, and therefore even more isolated. The county has a strong identity which leads to many strengths but some particular challenges. We have approximately 550,000 people, many of whom live in widely dispersed rural locations. The influx of summer visitors leads to seasonal employment and unemployment at other times. All of these bring health issues.

Cornwall also has an ageing population and increasing numbers of people who suffer from long-term conditions such as diabetes and asthma. This requires the NHS, in partnership with local authorities and others, to focus more on promoting good health, improving well-being, increasing self-esteem and independence and anticipating peoples' health needs.

We have excellent GP practices, hospitals and other health and care services delivering care for people. We look beyond the day to day treatment of individuals to find new, better, cost effective ways to tackle some of the big health issues and integrate better with health and care services across the whole county.

Living in Cornwall

NewquayBy working in Cornwall, you get to enjoy one of the most beautiful parts of the country and one of the UK's top tourist destinations every day. Enjoy breathtaking scenery by going on rambling walks through the countryside and along the amazing picturesque coastal path, go surfing on one of the world renowned beaches, or partake in any number of outdoor activities. Or perhaps go and watch a play at the Hall for Cornwall theatre in Truro or the amazing Minack Theatre, which stages productions outdoors in an amphitheatre with spectacular coastal views. Maybe step into the drama and romance of some of the popular series set in Cornwall by visiting the beautiful towns and beaches used in the making of Poldark and Doc Martin.

Cornwall also offers an excellent culinary experience and in addition to a number of exquisite local restaurants, it has also attracted famous chefs such as Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver to set up businesses here, which has all served to boost the local economy. You can also discover modern art galleries such as the Tate in St Ives, visit one of the County's museums, and enjoy fantastic shopping with high street stores and unique boutiques and craft shops. The county is also steeped in history, with towns and villages that date back hundreds of years. For those studying in the area, there are really good schools, colleges and the University.

For more information about living in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, click here


Employees are paid in line with the national Agenda for Change agreement. Read more about the pay scales here. 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
  • A range of other employment benefits, such as a car scheme and other salary sacrifice schemes

Gender pay gap 

All employers with 250 or more employees (NHS Kernow has around 270 employees) are now required to publish annually figures setting out the average pay gap between men and women as a mean (average hourly basis) and median (hourly pay average of the person ‘in the middle’). Read our gender pay gap report

Healthy workplace scheme

Healthy workplace logoNHS Kernow has been awarded the gold standard for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly workplace health award. 

This is a county standard of good practice and a quality mark of health and wellbeing in the workplace. The aim of the award is to act as a toolkit to encourage employers to think about ways to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. 

Healthy workplace initiatives include providing staff with advice on healthy eating; facilitating workshops on avoiding stress and back pain and involvement in physical activities including the Cornwall Beach Games.

NHS employers aim to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community they serve, and we have:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Occupational health and counselling services
  • Childcare facilities and help in meeting childcare needs
  • Measures to protect staff from violence and harassment

NHS pension scheme 

The NHS provides a voluntary pension scheme that employees are eligible to join if they wish. More information about the scheme is available here

Personal and professional development

NHS Kernow is committed to developing its people and there are a wide range of training and personal development opportunities available to support the organisation to achieve excellence through a competent and confident workforce. 

Where do I get more information?

To find out more about any of the above, please contact the Human Resources team by email or you can call us on 01726 627800. For details of current vacancies visit NHS Kernow JobsNHS Jobs or NHS Employers for contractual information.