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Great opportunities for great people

University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP) NHS Trust is the largest teaching hospital trust in the South West. We employ almost 10,000 staff that work in 350 different roles, plus hundreds of volunteers. 

We’re not perfect but we really do live by our values and caring for our colleagues helps ensure, in turn, that they are able to deliver the best possible care to our patients.

We offer great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment and we offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.

Watch our video below to get a flavour of Plymouth and working at UHP.

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Want to know more?

Read through this page to find out more about the benefits of working for University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

Workplace support

At the Trust, we put our people first. The health passport is designed for all colleagues with

  • a disability
  • long term health condition
  • mental health issue
  • learning disability/difficulty

to help support you to flourish at work. 

The health passport is a document where you can record details about yourself. This includes any support and reasonable adjustments you may need to help carry out your role. 

UHP People Plan 2021 to 2024

At Trust Board in April 2021 our refreshed UHP People Plan 2021 to 2024 was agreed. The purpose of our People Plan is to set out how we will value, support and develop our staff to create a thriving and sustainable workforce. Whilst it echoes many of the themes in the National People Plan, its emphasis is on the needs of our local context, based on what our people say is important to them. It is one of our enabling strategies to support the delivery of the Trust’s overall strategy.

Read our UHP People Plan

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We are a Mindful Employer

Mindful Employer

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is a Mindful Employer. Read the Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health.pdf [pdf] 439KB.
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Disability Confident

UHP is proud to be Disability Confident Leader, the highest level under the UK Government’s Disability Confident Scheme, a national accreditation scheme which complements the work we do to attract, recruit and retain Disabled colleagues, including those with long-term health conditions.

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Armed Forces Convenant

UHP has signed a pledge for the Armed Forces Convenant, a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. The Armed Forces Covenant relies on the people, communities, and businesses of the UK to actively support it in order to make a difference. UHP is dedicated to supporting the AFC for Patients and Staff.

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Veteran Aware

UHP has been accredited as exemplars of the best care for veterans, helping to drive improvements in veteran aware crownNHS care for people who serve or have served in the UK armed forces and their families. Veteran Aware trusts are leading the way in improving veterans’ care within the NHS, as part of the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA).

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Fighting with Pride (FWP)

UHP suuports LGBT+ Veterans with Fighting with Pride (FWP), a new military charity, created on the Pride in Veteran Standard20th anniversity of the complete lifting of the ban on LGBT+Service. UHP works with veteran supporting organisations to build capacity for LGBT+ Veteran support, to recognise their service and help resolve challenges they face in their lives beyond military service

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The Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance (PHIA)

The Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance (PHIA) is an interdisciplinary, cross-sector partnership dedicated to developing the profile of and maximising opportunities for health-related research, innovation, knowledge exchange, research and development led business growth and inward investment in Plymouth and the South West region.

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