Working at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT), delivers services from a number of sites in or around Harlow, Essex.  

The Trust serves a population of about 350,000 and is the natural hospital of choice for people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire. Harlow has excellent transport links, with the M11 and a frequent train line linking the town to both London and Cambridge. 

Harlow is only 15 minutes away Stansted airport, has good leisure, education and shopping facilities, plenty of green space criss-crossed with a network of award winning cycle-ways and relatively affordable housing close to the hospital.

PAHT is one of only six hospital trusts nationally to be awarded funding to build a fabulous new hospital for our local people that will deliver first class services and patient care to our growing local population for many years to come.


Our Dedicated Staff

More than 3000 people work for the trust and we are always looking for committed caring people to join our team. To work here you will need to be resilient and hardworking and share our values. We are committed to developing our staff so there will be plenty of opportunities to develop your career and seek an internal promotion or develop a longer-term career pathway.

As well as doctors and nurses, we employ people in a wide range of healthcare careers based in our hospital settings and working in the community, as well as a range of support services such as administration, finance, HR and IT.

Learning Opportunities

As part of the wider NHS, we are an employer offering a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference to patient healthcare. With more than 300 different careers on offer, there is a job for you no matter what your interests, skills or qualifications. 

PAHT has a proven record of giving local people opportunities to get a foot on the NHS ladder. We are developing this even further with our apprenticeship initiative, starting on your journey with either work experience or an apprenticeship you can apply for a permanent position, achieve the Care Certificate on the way and choose to continue to develop and work your way up through to a Foundation Degree or Diploma, and then on to a full degree and beyond.


The Trust cares deeply about ensuring our staff are highly trained and have access to both academic and personal development opportunities and is continually working to expand the training and education portfolio, supporting staff to grow and develop in their roles.


The benefits of working with us

The CQC found staff here to be exceptionally caring and that they go the extra mile for their patients; commenting that the main hospital site has a good community feel to it.

There is a popular on site nursery and a range of staff benefits including the excellent NHS pension scheme; a preferential car leasing scheme and a minimum of 27 days paid holiday per year. We also offer assistance for new staff to find accommodation. 


Our staff receive excellent levels of support. These include access for staff and their immediate family to our employee assistance programme, which offers confidential counselling, information and signposting to help with personal or work-related issues that might be affecting their health or well-being.  We offer flexible working and special leave to help with a crisis outside of work that we all face from time to time.

This is a very welcoming place to work, where colleagues collaborate across disciplines and specialities and there is a shared focus on providing excellent patient care.  

Details of vacancies can be found by clicking here

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Nurse recruitment

If you are interested in working for the trust, including if you are thinking of returning to practice, we can arrange immediate interviews or help you register with our bank service. This will give you an insight as to what it’s like to be part our amazing teams at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.