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NHS Kernow’s website closed on 30 June 2022. Visit the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board website for information about our health and care services.

Working with us

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.
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.

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. Find out more about NHS Kernow in the about us section of our website.


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
  • a range of other employment benefits, such as a car scheme and other salary sacrifice schemes

Read more about the Agenda for Change pay scales.

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 reports on our equality and diversity page.

Healthy Workplace scheme

NHS 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. Read about the NHS Pension Scheme.

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?

Email our human resources team.

Data sharing

How we share your data

When individuals apply to work for NHS Kernow via the recruitment services team at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, 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 not do so without informing you beforehand unless the disclosure is 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 a person has taken up employment with us, we will compile a file relating to their employment. The information contained in this will be kept secure and will only be used for purposes directly relevant to that person’s employment. Once their employment with the NHS Kernow has ended, we will retain the file in accordance with the requirements of our retention schedule and will then delete it.

Some of the work NHS Kernow undertakes is in partnership with other NHS organisations. The NHS South Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) under the umbrella of NHS England, provides some commissioning support services on our behalf, the CSU are an authorised safe haven and will receive and process CCG personal data.

What it’s like to live and work in Cornwall
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, 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 wellbeing, 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.

By working in Cornwall, you get to enjoy a beautiful part of the country every day. Enjoy breathtaking scenery by going on rambling walks through the countryside and along the amazing picturesque coastal path, go surfing on Fistral Beach, 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 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 a museum, 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.

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

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