FAQs about careers at GOSH

Please use our resource for frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that you can’t find the answer for, please do not hesitate to contact us 

You can see our vacancies here.

Please contact us on recruitment@gosh.nhs.uk if you have any questions or are interested in a role that is not advertised, we would love to hear from you.  

We are always looking for Band 5 & 6 nurses. Please contact us directly if there are no current jobs advertised for nursing.  

Moving to London can be a daunting prospect but there are a number of ways Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) can help you find somewhere to live once you have been made an offer of employment.  

GOSH holds a variety of residential accommodation which is available to staff and let on six-month assured shorthold tenancies. 
Please visit this page for more details about staff accommodation.  

Accommodation Bureau 

Set up and funded by the Special Trustees, the accommodation bureau is a free service to all staff and associates of GOSH and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. 

The accommodation bureau: 

Where is the Accommodation Bureau? 

Great Ormond Street Hospital  
Level 4, Barclay (formerly York) House 
37 Queen Square 

There are excellent Underground, Overground and bus links to the hospital. Please visit our page Travelling to the hospital page to view information on public transport routes.  

Staff who commute to work can take advantage of our interest-free season ticket loans to help spread the cost of travel. You could also choose to cycle and take advantage of the special cycle to work scheme which offers savings on your bike and safety equipment. 

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) aspires to provide career development opportunities for all staff roles across the organisation. 

Our portfolio of learning activities enables staff to acquire a breadth of knowledge and skills which supports them to deliver a safe, high quality and effective service to patients and families. Our learning activities also provide staff with the chance to develop their competence and confidence in forging a successful career. 

To support our commitment to GOSH staff, we provide a number of initiatives including: 

  • All new staff who join GOSH receive a comprehensive induction to the organisation, their department and their individual role. 

  • A formal appraisal process. Staff are appraised soon after joining, where objectives are set and appropriate learning opportunities are identified. Appraisals occur annually, with regular informal catch-up sessions in between. 

  • A study leave policy. This provides staff with the appropriate support so that professional qualifications can be obtained in a chosen clinical or non-clinical field. 

  • A comprehensive portfolio of learning activities to help you meet your individual and professional goals. 

  • An established and growing range of career pathways for all professions – medical, clinical, clinical support and non-clinical. We also provide a leadership and management pathway to complement technical skill development. 

Alongside extensive education and training opportunities, GOSH can also offer a number of additional benefits. 

For transport, GOSH is able to offer interest-free season tick loans and a cycle to work scheme. 

If you have childcare responsibilities, we subsidise a holiday play-scheme and offer an on-site nursery. We also offer childcare vouchers and employ a childcare services manager to help you find the right childcare solutions for your needs. We try to be as supportive as possible to staff who have particular needs at different stages in their careers. We recognise the needs of staff who have elderly, disabled or other dependents and offer them understanding, flexibility and support. We also offer excellent arrangements for staff wanting to take maternity, paternity and adoption leave. 

The happiness and wellbeing of our staff is important. We provide a comprehensive range of subsidised and free benefits. 

These include: 

  • massage 

  • physiotherapy 

  • interest-free season ticket loans 

  • help with childcare 

  • a wide range of sports and social activities 

  • help with finding accommodation 

  • a staff counselling and advice service 

  • a staff recognition scheme, in the form of a monthly and annual awards ceremony 

  • Culture Club 

We also provide the NHS pension scheme which is still regarded as one of the best in the country. 


Yes, you can! We are very happy for newly registered nurses to apply - find out more on our bespoke nursing recruitment pages.

Our staff are employed by Great Ormond Street Hospital and so are on the same contracts as staff across the hospital. This means that staff are on the same salary and benefits as their counterparts in the hospital.  

Last year, the International and Private Patient service treated more than 4,000 patients from over 80 countries. Over 1,000 of these were inpatients.  

The majority of our inpatients are from the Middle East, and a number of our families may know little or no English. Due to this, our wards are staffed with an experienced in-house team of Arabic Interpreters who work 365 days a year.  

They are there to facilitate your care of patients and work seamlessly with healthcare professionals.  

If you know a second language that may be beneficial to your work, but it is not a requirement for working in the department. 

We provide all of our staff with the NHS pension scheme which is still regarded as one of the best in the country. 

Please contact us on recruitment@gosh.nhs.uk if you are interested in a role that is not being advertised.  

Thank you for your interest - please look at our fellowship or observership pages for more information.  

Thank you for your interest - find out more about working at GOSH as a nurse on our bespoke nurse recruitment pages. 

If you are a citizen from a country that is not part of the European Union we recommend that you contact our recruitment team as soon as possible to learn more about getting a visa and working within the UK.  

Please be aware to work in nursing in the UK you require an NMC pin. We do welcome nurses from around the world, but please be aware that there is a lengthy process to gaining this. Please contact us for information about this process and how we can help you.  

Please be aware to work as a doctor in the UK you are required to be registered with GMC and have a medical qualification from an institute that they recognise. You can find more information about this here.   

If you have any questions about this, please email our recruitment team on recruitment@gosh.nhs.uk  

All our staff require a DBS check to work here, especially as we work with very sick and vulnerable children. If you have a conviction related to children you will not be able to work for the hospital.  

The presence of a conviction will not necessarily mean that employment is not offered - we will consider the type of offence, the nature of the vacancy applied and all other relevant criteria.   

For further information on criminal records and employment please contact our Human Resources Directorate on 020 7829 7925 or visit the Disclosure & Barring Service pages of the Home Office website.   

If you have any questions please contact recruitment@gosh.nhs.uk  

We have a dedicated Volunteer Services team at GOSH and have over 100 different volunteer roles in the hospital. We have a team of over 1,100 volunteers that collectively provide more than 3,500 hours of their time every week.   

We would be very interested in hearing from you, but please be aware that in order to volunteer at GOSH you must be willing to volunteer for at least one year and the position is subject to a DBS check, as well as references, occupational health and training.   

For more information and more of the roles that are available, please visit the Volunteer Services page on the hospital website. If you are interested in a role that doesn’t exist, or in working exclusively within IPP, please contact the Volunteer Services team directly on volunteer@gosh.nhs.uk  

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