About us

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It serves a population of around 470,000 people, a figure that can increase significantly with visitors during the busiest times of the year. We employ approximately 6,700 staff and have a budget of approximately £580 million.

RCHT is responsible for the provision of services at three main sites with approximately 750 inpatient beds:

We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Plymouth School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Peninsula Dental School.

Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we are continually developing our clinical services as well as our facilities, and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation.

The Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site is the base for medical and nursing as well as ongoing education for health professions in clinical and non-clinical roles. This plays a vital part in attracting and retaining highly skilled teams of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who support the care of well over half a million people each year.

Our 10-year strategy, ‘Outstanding Care for One and All’ set out our ambitions for the future, including our flagship Women and Children’s Hospital, part of the national New Hospitals Programme.  It represents the biggest ever single investment in healthcare in Cornwall and is due for complete in 2028.

This is an exciting time to be a part of team RCHT. If you’d like to be part of our future, take a look at our current vacancies.

Our values

Our Trust Values set out how we work together, and what you can expect from us.


We promote diversity and equality, and we are respectful to others and our environment


We treat everyone with the care and compassion we would want for our loved ones


We speak up and learn from our mistakes and do what we say we will do


We help each other to deliver the best outcomes for One & All

Page last reviewed: 15 May 2023

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