Careers at QVH

If you have reached this page then you are thinking about your career and what really drives you.

For people in our team here at QVH, it’s about having the opportunity to know that you are empowered and supported to make a real difference to people’s lives, every day, whether you are working face to face with patients or in one of the many other roles that are essential in a twenty-first century hospital.

It’s about having access to well-resourced high quality training, and then being given the time and support to practise new skills.


The working experience here is not the same as you might find in a typical district general hospital. We are a small, specialist surgical hospital with a heritage in pioneering surgery that we are all proud of, and we are being thanked by patients and their families for the high-quality care and personal attention they have been given every day.

If you come to visit us, you will see the range of specialist and cutting-edge surgery you can be part of, experience at first-hand the personal development and specialist skills training we provide and grasp how you can really get things done, and done well.

Come and join us and our friendly team, and find a job that truly drives you.

We think the best people to tell you what it’s like to work at the Queen Victoria Hospital are our team. If you are driven by the same things as they are, then you need to join our team!

Your application

We don’t want applying for a job to take time out of your already busy day, so simply create an account on NHS Jobs and review and submit your application. You can also contact the resourcing team by emailing if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Pay and conditions

“I love my job because no two days are the same and I am always learning – QVH really believes in supporting personal development.” Clare, corporate services.

The national NHS pay system, known as Agenda for Change (AfC), applies to all staff except doctors, dentists, and very senior managers. Benefits include:

  • a standard working week of 37.5 hours
  • pay enhancements to reward out of hours, shift and overtime working during busier times and in specific areas of the hospital
  • holiday entitlement of 27 days a year, plus eight general and public holidays (rising to 33 days after ten years of service)
  • NHS pension scheme – click here for more details
  • occupational sickness benefit and ill health retirement benefit.

Benefits specifically for our QVH staff also include:

  • a £1,500 new starter premium for certain eligible roles – please check the job advert from 1 January 2022
  • tailored personal development to support career aspirations, including accredited clinical and management development programmes
  • flexible and agile working arrangements for a work-life balance that suits you, your needs and the needs of the Trust
  • generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • tax relief on costs such as buying a bike or home computer equipment
  • a dedicated Reward service, offering a range of national and local discounts and cashback
  • subsidised on-site restaurant and café
  • a quality assured occupational health service
  • Employee Assistance Programme offering a wide range of specialist advice and support 24/7
  • regular staff awards recognising outstanding personal and team efforts.


Thames Valley Housing offers QVH staff keyworker housing in Meridian Way, East Grinstead, adjoining the hospital grounds. This ranges from single rooms in a shared house, to doctors study rooms in shared houses. For further details please contact

The NHS Homestay Hub provides a private marketplace for employees to connect with fellow colleagues who have spare rooms available for rent. Employees of the NHS can sign up to Become a Host and list their room or Become a Guest and book their room at NHS Homestay Hub.

Wanting to check out the area first? East Grinstead has a number of local estate agents as well as hotels, B&Bs and also a range of self-catering lets establishments for short and long-term stays. More information is available on the East Grinstead Town Council website here

Relocation policy

We value the exceptional talents our employees bring, and we offer relocation packages to help potential new employees with the expected costs of moving to the local area. These packages are available to individuals who meet specific eligibility criteria particularly those in ‘business critical’ roles, such as those found in national staff shortage occupations or roles involving a high level of specialism. This could include moving, temporary storage, insurance, and more. Eligible potential new employees can make initial applications at the time of a conditional, substantive offer of employment. The specifics of financial assistance, including the scope and level of support, are determined on a case-by-case basis at the Trust’s discretion. For more information, please contact

Work-life balance

“I call it a bit of an oasis in the NHS” Bex, critical care nurse

We believe that your job should change as your life does, helping you to maintain a positive work-life balance. That’s why we’re happy to talk to you about flexible and agile hours with family friendly policies, such as carers’ leave career breaks.

Bank and temporary staffing

Being employed in the QVH Staff Bank is a great way to gain experience and exposure to the NHS. You will be temporarily covering wards and departments to provide cover for planned and unplanned shortfalls in staffing.

You are employed by our Trust and contacted when a shift or role needs to be covered. This can be for a shift/session, a day, a week, or perhaps more.

Our staff bank covers registered nurses, allied health professionals, doctors and administrative staff. You will be paid by the Trust on a weekly basis. We are continuously recruiting Bank staff, both administrative and clinical and  many of our bank staff eventually secure permanent posts within our Trust.

To enquire about bank roles (clinical and non-clinical) allow you to work the hours you want and fit in with your time and skills please contact or look out for roles being advertised by:


Work placements

Looking for Work Experience at QVH?

Find out more about work experience opportunities at QVH here. Please note: Only students who are in their last two years of compulsory education i.e. from September in school years 10-13, aged from 15 up to 18 years old are legally eligible to undertake work experience placements. Information about criteria can be found here. Applications for work experience does not guarantee a placement and QVH have set criteria in place for applicants and has clear guidance and a policy in place relating to work experience.

Work experience cannot be offered in any of the following locations:

  • Theatres
  • Recovery
  • QVH Macmillan Information and Support Centre
  • Psychotherapy
  • Critical Care Unit
  • Paediatric Ward (Peanut).

Where we are

“We’re a smaller hospital, with a big heart.” David, operating department practitioner

Unlike many other hospitals, we’re full of green spaces to encourage you to get outside and enjoy the countryside. Just a short walk from town, QVH is well served by public transport. Access to designated on-site staff parking areas is via a permit.

Schools: The area is well served with local education authority primary (5-11 years) and secondary schools (11-18 years). Each residential area has its own primary school which feeds into the secondary schools (Imberhorne or Sackville). There are also several private schools in and around East Grinstead.


Our values

Our values are humanity, continuous improvement of care and pride, under-pinned by quality.

NHS Pension schemes

QVH is a member of the NHS pension scheme, which is generally considered to be one of the most advantageous schemes for employees.

We are a Disability Confident employer

We are a Disability Confident employer

We are a bronze award holder of the Defence ERS

We are a bronze award holder of the Defence ERS

Special feature: nursing and theatre vacancies

Special feature: nursing and theatre vacancies

If you’re looking for a role working in nursing or theatres where you can make a real difference, you can find that here at QVH.

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