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Waltham Forest

Skirting the North-East side of London, Waltham Forest  is one of the greenest boroughs North of the River Thames and is made up of three neighbourhoods: Chingford in the North, Walthamstow in the centre and Leyton and Leytonstone in the South.

Waltham Forest has a population of over 284,000 with an average property price of £490,000. Considered one of the property hotspots due to the rise in house prices in the area, Waltham Forest is a great place to call home.

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

North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) delivers an extensive range of children’s services with lots of opportunities in the borough including: community nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and immunisation.

Adult services cover a range of specialisms with lots of exciting roles including: clinical health psychology, learning disability, diabetes, as well as a large district nursing service providing 24 hour care to housebound service users.

Waltham Forest bike

Commuting and Transport Links

The Victoria and Central lines run through the borough, and there are regular trains to the City, West End and Stratford. Other areas in the borough are served by the Overground and National Rail links, while for drivers, the A12 and North Circular run through the South and centre of the borough respectively. 

Waltham Forest has plenty of pedestrianised areas and designated cycle lanes for the more active commuter.

Free cycle training is available to anybody who lives, works or studies in the borough, giving you the skills you need to cycle with confidence.


Walthamstow has a variety of theatres, museums and galleries and also hosts one of the best local art trails around.

Walthamstow Market on Selborne Road is the longest – though not the largest – daily outdoor market in Europe. You’ll find all humanity there alongside fruit and veg from around the world, pots & pans and so much more!

If you like your markets a little quirkier, try Wood Street indoor market. This hidden gem has 25 unique shops: selling everything from clothing to handmade crafts, antiques, football memorabilia and vinyl.

'Best care by the best people' sign on wall

Family Focus

The borough has several high achieving primary schools, as well as 500 acres of green space; such as Lee Valley Regional Park, offering plenty of room for children to play and explore in the great outdoors. 

Schools in Waltham Forest are continuing to improve, and there are a selection of good establishments for parents with children in education.