Working for Us
The CQC have rated us as an ‘Outstanding’ organisation for Caring with an overall rating of ‘Good’. We believe in changing lives through giving excellent care that improves people’s mental health. Whether you are a nurse, health support worker or non-clinical professional now is a great time to be part of the KMPT family and join our ‘Outstanding’ team.
We want to attract more safe, skilled, competent and motivated nurses so we can continue providing the highest standards of care. We employ around 3,300 colleagues, ranging from doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to corporate support staff.
Five reasons to join us
- We provide the best care possible
We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
You’ll be joining an organisation which is committed to improving patient care by working with our service users and staff. Always trying to improve; we listen to and learn from feedback, regularly meet with service users and carers and encourage staff at all levels to help shape our services. We also believe in strong partnerships with others and work closely with Commissioners, Kent Police, Kent County Council, Medway Council and other local partners.
- Innovative and forward thinking
We have a highly commended research team and encourage our staff and patients to become involved in research projects to help improve services nationally within mental health, dementias and neurodegeneration.
We are one of four mental health trusts in the UK piloting Open Dialogue, an innovative and forward thinking initiative from Finland.
We are funded by the National Institute of Health Research NIHR) and are part of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Clinical Research Network (KSSCRN).
- You can find us in the top 120 NHS best places to work
You can find us in the list of Best Places to Work in the NHS for 2015 compiled by the HSJ and Nursing Times, in partnership with NHS Employers.
The list is a celebration of NHS organisations that have worked hard to promote great staff engagement and create an environment where people can enjoy their work.
In 2014 our staff survey results showed that more people than ever were feeling valued. Communication between management and staff was effective and training in order to help staff provide an improved patient experience was highly valued. You can be assured you will be joining a supportive team.
- You'll be joining an award winning staff base
We are proud to tell you about our award winning staff and Trust projects.
Our Peer Supported Open Dialogue Service won the Royal College of Psychiatry’s prestigious Psychiatric Team of the Year Award in November this year. They were previously shortlisted in this year’s National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards in the Acute Mental Healthcare category, which was supported by NHS England. Professor Catherine Kinane was also shortlisted in the Psychiatrist of the Year category at the Royal College of Psychiatry Awards.
Three of our occupational therapists stole the show at the OT Show awards earlier this year. Pam Wooding stepped away with the winning title of Outstanding Occupational Therapist whilst Tracy Holt was the winner of the Outstanding OT Technical Instructor. Bob St Clair Baker walked away with highly commended in the same category.
We have recently launched our Rosewood, our new Mother and Baby Unit in Dartford having been successful in bidding for the opportunity to provide an inpatient unit for mums and their baby’s from Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
Late 2017, our pet therapy dog Molly won a special mention category in the Unsung Hero Awards. Molly and her owner (and KMPT nurse) Sarah Wale featured on BBC Breakfast to highlight the fabulous work pet therapy can offer our patients.
We are leading the way by employing Peer Support Workers across the trust and were honoured to host the IMROC peer support conference in 2018.
- Kent is great place to live and work
We’ve got the sea right on our doorstep, areas of natural outstanding beauty and many historic towns. Of course, there is always an opportunity to visit Bluewater, or our other local shopping centres, some of our unique independent businesses and art centres across the county. There is something for all your needs. You can find out more on visitkent.co.uk or explorekent.org.
As the gateway to Europe we also boast quick links to France and superb road links to airports.
Excellent transport links mean you can commute to work from London. Or you may be someone who has been doing the commute in the other direction and now want to work closer to home. Thinking of relocating? We can offer you a relocation package to support you in making the step to a new career.
There are many great benefits available to you when you work for us:
- A great working environment
- London Fringe Allowance of 5% (selected posts)
- Forensic Recruitment and Retention Premia for nurses in Trevor Gibbens Unit
- Fully funded Return To Practice Scheme
- A wide range of training and development opportunities
- Links with local universities
- Flexible working options
- Strong support from your manager
- A final salary pension scheme
- 27 days annual leave, increasing to 33 days after 10 years service
- Childcare vouchers
- Lease car scheme
- Potential of relocation assistance
- Cycle to work scheme.
- Learning and development
- Lease car scheme.