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Why Join Us?

When you join NELFT you’ll be joining a Trust where patients, service users and carers are our top priority.

Why not consider joining our team to help us continue to meet this priority and deliver on our commitments.

Here you can learn more about what makes NELFT a unique employer and see what some of our valued staff think about working with us.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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  

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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


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.

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Our staff are our greatest asset so we need the best people to deliver the best care; we treat others how we would like to be treated. Here at NELFT we support and promote a just and compassionate culture based on fairness, respect, honesty and trust. We’re committed to creating an environment where you feel valued and supported enough to bring your authentic self to work.

We’re passionate about a culture built on trust and transparency, where you feel empowered to help us deliver positive change for our patients and staff.

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As well as working for a Trust that will genuinely encourage and support you in your personal and professional development, you’ll also get to enjoy a range of excellent benefits too, including: 

  • Flexible and agile working
  • Healthcare cashback plan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Relocation packages
“I’m part of a group which looks at ways to work flexibly for parents and carers which is really important for me and my colleagues”
Nicky Bonney, Occupational Therapist

Learning, Education & Development

We’re really proud of the training and development we can offer you at NELFT and you’ll be fully supported to access external and internal funded courses to further your own professional development. We’re committed to ensuring you have the right skills now and in the future to deliver quality services to our patients. This support includes:

  • All new starters receive a comprehensive Corporate Induction to welcome them to NELFT
  • Local induction to familiarise with local policies and procedures
  • Clinical mentorship for clinical staff
  • Information, advice and guidance towards decision making on learning, training and work.
  • NELFT library stocks a range of electronic and print resources to support clinical and non-clinical training and development including mobile apps and board games.
  • NELFT library provides Reflective Reading sessions for Revalidation


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“One of the best things about NELFT is the training and development opportunities. If you’re someone who’s really looking to develop and progress then NELFT would be a great place for you. Personally I’m just finishing a non medical prescribing course – if I had self funded that it would have been really expensive but NELFT have covered the cost and it’ll benefit me, as well as our team and patients.”
– Nyasha, Operations Manager Crisis Team 
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Equality & Diversity 

We want NELFT to be an excellent place to work, for everyone.
We’re passionate that our workforce is diverse and reflects the people and communities we work within. That’s why we’ve invested in our diversity and inclusion work, and won awards for it too.

Our award winning diversity and inclusion work and initiatives include:

  • Staff networks including Ethnic Minority, Disability, Mental Health, LGBTQ+ and Women’s
  • Stonewall Gold Award for commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion at work
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Guaranteed Interview Scheme – for disabled and armed forces applicants
  • Leap Leadership Programme for BME employees
“Since joining NELFT I’ve been promoted to a Band 6 role, despite being dyslexic and dyspraxic I’ve been really supported by my manager and the Trust to progress and develop. I’m so proud to be working in a career I love, and part of the community at NELFT.”
– Georgina, Occupational Therapist 

Health & Wellbeing Initiatives

We know the health and wellbeing of our staff is just as important as it is for our patients, so we’re proud to offer a number of initiatives to support employee’s wellness and staff are encouraged to arrange their own activities too.

We are proud to provide our employees with the tools, knowledge and support they need to keep feeling well, including:

  • Keeping Well Hub
  • Health and wellbeing ambassadors
  • Monthly wellbeing themes
  • Bereavement sessions
  • Mindfulness sessions
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“Our team physiotherapist has led virtual exercise sessions for our team which has been really fun but also kept us active too.”

– Selena, Occupational Therapist

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Make a difference to people’s lives.

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