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The Acute and Rehabilitation Directorate is a mental health and physical health service that supports our service users within the Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest areas.

We aim to provide high quality, compassionate, safe and effective services to the population and consistently strive for excellence.

We have a number of divisions within this service, each of them providing a uniquely challenging and rewarding working environment, including; Intermediate Care, Acute Mental Health, and CAMHS.

We invest a lot in equality and diversity making sure the workforce is as representative as the patients we look after this gives me a sense of belonging and is one of the reasons I love being at NELFT so much.

– Silobile Moyo, Community Rehab Lead

Silobile Moyo - NELFT Practitioner

I am so proud to work in a career I love.
I am so proud to work in the NELFT community.

– Georgina, Senior Occupational Therapist

Georgina - NELFT Practitioner

I’m really supported in my current team from accessing training and professional development to socialising. I’m lucky enough to call many of my colleagues friends and we enjoy socialising when we are able to.

– Jacqui Moody, Occupational Therapist

Jaquie - NELFT Practitioner

I’ve been at NELFT for 20 years, I’ve stayed in NELFT for as long as I have because the values of this organisation are in line with my own beliefs, putting people first, prioritising quality, are key to the way I work and live. Everything we do at NELFT is about making a difference to the population we serve.

-Wellington Makala, Executive Chief Nurse.

Wellington - NELFT Practitioner

Training is encouraged and well supported across the trust and everyone has great development opportunities, particularly with pilot projects, interim roles and external training.

-Nick Bertram, Occupational Therapist  

Nick - NELFT Practitioner

NELFT are as committed to the staff as they are to the patients, there’s a strong emphasis on looking after our own mental health and you can access things like support groups and yoga sessions which really helps.

– Rukshana, Occupational Therapist

Rukshana - NELFT Practitioner on pink background

Every day is different and that’s one of things I love about this job. You never know what you’re coming into, but you always feel supported by the wider team to make those big decisions for your patients.

-Catherine Manderson, Crisis Team Manager, Kent & Medway.

Catherine - NELFT Practitioner

Intermediate Care Division

Our award winning Intermediate Care Division specialises in physical health services providing a range of exciting pathways through rehabilitation and recovery and admission avoidance. Our services work in a cohesive way with Nursing, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Rehab Assistants, Social Workers and Administrators.

This division offers some exciting opportunities for staff to gain experience in some stand out areas including:

Long Covid-19 Rehabilitation Pathway one of the leading London Covid services
Inpatient Rehabilitation Wards 24/7 service, great staff to patient ratios, general rehab and stroke specialist rehabilitation wards.
Community Treatment Team K466 LAS collaboration ambulance car, community rapid response and Emergency Dept services within Queens Hospital
Neurological Nursing PD, MND, MS clinical nurse specialist team.
Community Rehabilitation Service Stroke & neurology community specialist service rehabilitation service.

Acute Mental Health Divisions

Mental health services are provided in specialist inpatient and community based settings which care for people experiencing acute mental illness who may be residents of Barking, Havering, Dagenham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

Ard - NELFT Practitioner

Mental Health Inpatient Wards
The wards offer recovery focused treatment, care and discharge planning, clinical and risk assessments and provide a safe and therapeutic environment for adults and older adults with acute mental health needs.

Our multi-disciplinary teams are committed to providing high-quality recovery focused and patient-centred care, with amazing staff development collaboration opportunities.

Home Treatment Teams
The HTT is a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals providing a service to people experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis 24 hours, 7 days a week. The team provides intensive community based interventions as an alternative to acute hospital admission.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Brookside Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit
Brookside is an Inpatient Child and Adolescent unit with capacity for 15 young people between the ages of 12 – 17 years. Young people with acute mental health problems that cannot be managed in the community, are admitted for acute short-term assessment and treatment.

Young Person’s Home Treatment Team
The Young Person’s Home Treatment Team (YPHTT) is a 24 hour service that works alongside an inpatient service; it aims to increase the service scope to provide best evidence-based practice for young people with acute mental health conditions and their families.

INTERACT (Crisis and Outreach Team)

INTERACT is a 9am-5pm community service that works with children and young people, aged between 0 and 18, preventing or following a crisis situation. The team provides a comprehensive assessment and bio/psycho/social interventions via a series of community face to face visits in addition to any support/treatment already being received.

Why work for the Acute and Rehabilitation Directorate

A&RD is a dynamic fast paced service providing opportunities for staff to develop their skills and be part of a directorate that strives to deliver excellent care. We provide an open, transparent environment that always puts patients and staff wellbeing first.

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Here’s some of the key benefits to working within A&RD: 

  • Manageable caseload of varied patient conditions.
  • Rotational opportunities.
  • New and exciting pathways.
  • Great transport links to central London.
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives.
  • Apprenticeship programmes.
  • Agile working opportunities due to unique mobile solutions.
  • Opportunity for student education accreditation.