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Barking & Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham is at the heart of London’s accelerating growth.

Barking Riverside is the largest housing development in East London, with planning permission for up to 10,800 new homes, as well as healthcare, shopping, community and leisure facilities.

Well-established brands and start-up enterprises alike are attracted by the proud history, great value and excellent transport networks in the borough which link them to major markets in London, the Southeast and Europe.

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

Working in the area

Join our team in London and it will provide you with the opportunity to be both creative and challenged so you can achieve your professional potential. 

Family is our way in B&D with adult and CYP services working together at a neighbourhood level to serve the growing communities of B&D. If you are passionate about holistic family-based care, then come and work in our teams and help support some of the most vulnerable to achieve their goals.

B&D is one of the most deprived parts of London and with that comes a number of challenges – if you have the skills, knowledge and desire to make a difference to those most in need of your care and support, then we want to hear from you.

Barking Community Hospital

Commuting and transport links

Barking and Dagenham is at the heart of the Thames Gateway with excellent road and public transport links to central London and the rest of East London.

The borough lies midway between central London and the M25, giving easy access to markets in London, the Southeast and Europe.

The location offers the best of both worlds – the City, Canary Wharf and Stratford are all close. The excellent national road network and Essex countryside are on the doorstep.

12 Crossrail trains an hour will operate from Chadwell Heath, cutting the journey time to London Liverpool Street to 23 minutes and to less than an hour for Heathrow.


Though Dagenham is part of Greater London, in many ways it feels like it is more part of Essex, largely due to the vast amount of green space – The Leys, Beam Valley Country Park, The Chase Nature Reserve, Eastbrookend Country Park surround the area.

Barking Community Hospital

Family Focus

We have a number of early education settings in Barking and Dagenham. Over 50 of our nurseries, childminders and pre-schools are rated good or outstanding. Many local parents are taking the opportunity to send 2, 3 and 4 year old’s to one using their free childcare offer.

There are plenty of activities for young children including soft play centres, trampoline parks, sports halls, skating, indoor swimming pools and a summer of festivals programme for family fun.

Over 100 local sports clubs, which provide a range of activities for young people.