Draw on huge expertise, progress fast as part of an international community

Why Imperial?

Full of opportunity: fast-forward your career in hospitals that make history

At our Trust, we encourage you to think big and progress fast, supported by outstanding learning and development opportunities. You’ll be joining one of the UK’s first academic health science centres and working alongside leading clinicians of all backgrounds who are pushing the boundaries in patient care and research. Become part of a vibrant team living our values – expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You’ll get experience like no other and fast forward your career.

See some of our teams in action in BBC Two’s Hospital. 

Understand our Trust values

Hospitals with a rich heritage

Join us and work at hospitals with a unique, rich heritage you can be proud of. Some of our clinicians’ achievements have fundamentally transformed medical and surgical practice and made a lasting impact on the world. In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin at St Mary’s revolutionising medicine and earning himself a Nobel prize – this is just one in a long line of many discoveries and developments that have put us on the map as at the forefront of innovation.

Download our NHS timeline and read about all our major milestones from 1948 to now. Highlights include:

  • 1949, the ‘grandfather of allergy’, Dr William Frankland set up the first daily pollen count in the UK
  • 1993: Averil Mansfield, CBE, becomes the first female professor of surgery in UK
  • 2001, the Da Vinci robot is used for the first time in the UK for heart surgery at St Mary’s Hospital by Professor the Lord Darzi

Read about our achievements

We are well known for our responses to high profile emergencies and major incidents such as the 2017 Westminster and London Bridge attacks, and the Grenfell Tower fire.

We have been proud to welcome Princes George and Louis, and Princess of Charlotte of Cambridge who were all born at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital. .

Draw on huge expertise as part of a strong, international community

As part of an 11,000-strong workforce, get ready to work with colleagues from all over the world with a sense of community, wellbeing and shared endeavour. We provide care across more than 200 specialties, meaning there’s an opportunity for everyone to make their mark and carve out their own career path. We look after children, adolescents and adults – caring for tiny babies through to patients who need end of life care. We have a global reputation for our expertise in areas like: cardiology, haematology, renal and transplantation, infectious diseases, neurology and trauma care – to name just a few. We are part of the prestigious Shelford Group – the top ten NHS multi-specialty academic healthcare organisations dedicated to excellence in research, education and patient care. Come and join one of the biggest, busiest Trusts in the country and equip yourself with a broad spectrum of skills in one place.

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Be supported to develop your unique career

You can expect excellent leadership and the chance to do your best in an open, respectful working environment supported by a shared set of values. Our leadership tea, ensure they are accessible meeting staff at monthly CEO sessions and on ward walkarounds.

Every employee has an annual personal development review to discuss their progress at the Trust and any development needs they have. We offer a range of courses to clinical and non-clinical staff – from Excel training to masterclasses on developing emotional resilience.

We have a number of professional networks at the Trust that you can join including: the leadership network; the women’s network, the LGBT network and the nursing and midwifery BAME network.

Learn and develop with us

To provide the best in healthcare, our staff are continually honing their skills and keeping up with the latest developments in their professional field. Every year we welcome hundreds of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to train with us. We support staff to pursue formal education, conduct research and take part in courses, seminars and training programmes – including giving study leave. For local students, school leavers and people looking for entry level positions we offer work experience (link) and an apprenticeship scheme (link) .


Wherever you are in your career, we offer opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD). When you join the Trust we deliver a carefully tailored induction programme, and for those starting in entry-level roles we also offer NVQ level two and level three qualifications. We also have a number of leadership development programmes (link) to support you as you progress, alongside cross-specialty and cross-profession clinical education. For example, doctors, nurses and other health professionals regularly take part in trauma education sessions and simulation training.

Conduct research here

Our clinicians work alongside biomedical scientists, chemists, physicists and engineers from Imperial College London to develop new ways of diagnosing, treating and preventing disease. We are part of Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre and, with our partners, aim to apply research discoveries to healthcare as quickly as possible so we can improve the lives of NHS patients and populations around the world.

Our culture is about identifying research opportunities and supporting our staff to pursue them –. One of our goals is to encourage many more healthcare professionals outside of medicine to pursue academic careers by providing research skills training sessions, grant-writing support and access to fellowship opportunities

Receive rewards and recognition

We value our staff and recognise the unique contributions they make to their patients and colleagues with our Make a Difference recognition scheme and annual awards ceremony. We encourage patients, members of the public, visitors, carers as well as colleagues to nominate our staff when they go the extra mile and celebrate the dedication of long-serving staff.

Benefits include opportunities for career development, flexible working and well being, plus a great bank that offers extra shifts if you would like them. Take advantage of optional benefits (link) including the cycle to work or car lease schemes, season ticket loan and membership options for on-site leisure facilities.

A thriving social life

Thanks to our partnership with Imperial Health Charity, when you work with us you have a number of opportunities to socialise with your colleagues outside work and experience the best that London has to offer. You can join the Trust’s choir or orchestra, or become a member of the Charity’s Arts Club to receive exclusive access to free exhibitions at the Tate Modern and shows. You can even enter the Royal Albert Hall ballot and win tickets to music events. If you like sport, there are sports clubs you can get involved with like the running club and football club.

The London lifestyle

You’ll also be close to many of London’s best attractions, including Hyde Park, Notting Hill and Portobello Road market, and museums in South Kensington such as the Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums.

All of our hospitals have quick transport access to the West End and Westfield shopping and leisure centre, and a range of local bars, cafes and restaurants – great for team socials! Work close to London life, and also benefit from generous London weighting supplements that will help you make the most of it.