Ditch the daily commute - Hertfordshire and west Essex recruitment day

NHS and social care professionals are invited to ditch the daily commute and work more locally - improving their work-life balance.

On Saturday 12 May, a joint recruitment open day is being held in Hatfield, aimed at qualified or soon to qualify health and social care staff thinking of working in Hertfordshire and west Essex.

It is a unique opportunity to meet clinical members of all of the NHS trusts in Hertfordshire and west Essex as well as Hertfordshire County Council to discuss recruitment and career opportunities. Interviews can be held on the day and you could leave with a job offer.

We are looking for qualified or soon to qualify people in the following specialties:

  • NMC  Registered – General nurses, midwives, community nurses, mental health nurses, learning disability nurses, acute nurses, theatre nurses and midwives
  • AHP Registered  – Physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists
  • Social Workers

The event runs from 10am to 3pm at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, The Colonnades, Beaconsfield Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 8YE. The location is easily accessible by road and train – FREE parking is available on site. It is also just a 5 minute walk from Hatfield train station, and close to the A1M. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Join us in Hertfordshire and west Essex

Fancy living in a place with low crime rates, affordable living costs, fast broadband and competitive salaries? 

Hertfordshire and west Essex have it all and Herts has been ranked first place out of 138 UK regions by the uSwitch Best Places to raise a family in the UK Better Family Life Index 2016.

We have something for everyone and our counties feature some stunning countryside with a huge range of places to walk, cycle and play. We also have good road and rail links to London and the north.


Living in Hertfordshire and Essex

Hertfordshire and west Essex really do have everything - from those looking for a small pad on the outskirts of London to a place to bring up the family a little further in the countryside. The counties are home to a number of lively towns including Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Potters Bar, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Harlow and Hertford, as well as the city of St Albans.  Hertfordshire is home to the first garden cities - Letchworth and Welwyn, and has two major international airports, Luton and Stansted, close by.  Our counties are recognised as a great place to bring up family, with fantastic schools and plenty on offer within the county and close by. Harlow is also attracting investment and developing a reputation as a science and pharmaceutical hub.

Staff benefits

All our organisations offer a wide range of benefits for staff, some of which are included below:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Substantial leave entitlement
  • Excellent pension with generous employer contributions
  • Car lease scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff discount scheme
  • Relocation package (subject to eligibility)

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/sites/default/files/recruitment/PAH_nurse.jpg​The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust is a small to medium-size hospital located in Harlow, Essex. The hospital serves a core population of about 350,000 and is the natural hospital of choice for people living in west Essex and east Hertfordshire. Employing approximately 3,000 staff we provide a number of services, including a 24/7 emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit and a level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The Trust manages outpatient and diagnostic services from the Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop's Stortford, St Margaret's Hospital in Epping and The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. 

Significant progress has been made by hospital staff and has been recognised in the CQC's latest report following their recent inspection in December 2017. Having clearly demonstrated that we can operate effectively under standard NHS arrangements, we are now rated as 'Good' for Effective, 'Good' for Caring, and 'Good' for Well-led and are on our journey to Outstanding.

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/sites/default/files/recruitment/enherts.jpg​At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust we are proud of the range of general and specialist services we provide. Our 5,000 dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care at:

Hertford County Hospital, Hertford
The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood
​The New QEII Hospital, Welwyn Garden City

We provide a wide range of emergency and inpatient services at the Lister and New QEII. Outpatient and diagnostic care is provided at Hertford County, the Lister and the New QEII. With our maternity service at the Lister offers a midwife and consultant-led unit.

Our specialist services at the Lister Hospital include:

  • Cardiology
  • Stroke
  • Plastic surgery
  • Urology
  • Renal

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, is one of the country’s top five cancer treatment centres, providing specialist radiotherapy services.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/sites/default/files/recruitment/Staff-Nurse-closer-image.jpgWest Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute healthcare services to a core catchment population of approximately half a million people living in west Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. The Trust also provides a range of more specialist services to a wider population, serving residents of north London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and east Hertfordshire. As an employer of over 4,000 people, the Trust is one of the biggest employers in the area and sees nearly a million patients each year.

The Trust has undertaken a significant programme of service and estate reconfiguration in the last few years. This included the development of St Albans City Hospital into a dedicated centre for elective surgery, the move of A&E and inpatient services from Hemel Hempstead to Watford and the development of a new Acute Admissions Unit at Watford to provide an innovative model of care and to accommodate an almost doubling of emergency activity.

The three main hospitals that the Trust operates from are:

Watford Hospital
Watford Hospital is at the heart of the Trust’s acute emergency services – the core location for inpatient emergency care, and for all patients who need the specialist emergency facilities (such as intensive care) of a major district general hospital.

Hemel Hempstead Hospital 
Hemel Hempstead Hospital has an urgent treatment centre and offers other local healthcare facilities such as diagnostic services, including MRI and cold pathology, and an outpatient service that sees in excess of 100,000 outpatients per year.

St Albans City Hospital
St Albans City Hospital is the Trust’s elective care centre. It provides a wide range of elective care (both inpatient low risk surgery and day-case) and a wide range of outpatient and diagnostic services with in excess of 70,000 outpatient appointments.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/sites/default/files/recruitment/ditch-the-commute-2.jpgHertfordshire Community NHS Trust provides a range of health services for adults and children who live across the county, ranging from school nursing and health visiting for children and young people, to district nurses, diabetes services, therapy, rehabilitation in community hospitals, as well as other specialist services for adults and children. 

Our Trust provides a wide range of care in people's homes, children's centres, local health centres and in its community hospitals. We employ around 3,000 members of staff who are at the forefront of NHS care and support.

Our staff reach the deepest into an individual's life working with wider colleagues in the NHS, social care, education, charities and local government to personalise care packages which support them to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

In 2015/16 we cared for over 1.3 million people in the community and 2,380 at our nine inpatient units across the county.  We carried out around 891,000 home visits; supporting people with their health conditions and ensuring they remained as independent as possible in their community. 

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) works with over 3,000 staff who deliver mental health and learning disability services in the community and in inpatient settings. The trust has 23 sites across Hertfordshire and Essex as well as sites in Buckinghamshire and Norfolk.

We also deliver a range of nationally-commissioned specialist services for children and young people, perinatal services, and medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

HPFT is an NHS Foundation Trust; this is a type of NHS Trust in England that is an independent legal entity and has unique governance arrangements. It has been created to devolve decision making from central government control and it is accountable to local people. 

Foundation Trusts have members that are service users, members of the public and staff as well as a Board of Governors that are elected from the membership. 

We are also a Partnership Trust; this means that we provide health and social care for people with mental ill health, physical ill health and those with a learning disability. Our partnership arrangements with the local authority provide an excellent opportunity to develop a recovery-oriented approach based on a holistic assessment of both health and social care needs. We also aim to play a full part in the local health and social care economies that we serve by promoting greater integration between mental and physical health and social care. 

HPFT is a University Trust; which means that it has close links to the University of Hertfordshire, providing excellent learning and development opportunities for staff, as well as strengthening clinical research.

HPFT has produced a promotional video on the benefits of working for the organisation.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) was formed on 1 April 2017 following the merger of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT).

EPUT provide community health, mental health and learning disability services for a population of approximately 2.5 million people throughout Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Luton.

We employ more than 7,000 staff across 200 sites.

Our vision and values

Our organisational vision is: working to improve lives

The vision is backed up by the values we operate under:

  • Open
  • Empowering
  • Compassionate

Hertfordshire County Council

https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/sites/default/files/recruitment/ditch-the-commute-3.jpgHertfordshire County Council Adult Care Service cares for elderly, disabled and vulnerable members of the community, enabling them to live independently in their own homes. We’re focused on improving the quality of life for everyone who uses our services and keeping vulnerable people safe from harm or abuse. You could join us as a Qualified Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Advanced Practitioner, Deputy Team Manager, Learning Disability Nurse, 0-25 Nurse, in one of the following teams: Older People Team, Sensory Services, Hospital Teams, Adult Disability Team & our 0-25 Together Service Team. 


  • Hemel Hempstead   
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow 
  • Lister Hospital, Stevenage 
  • Chase Farm Hospital, Barnet  
  • Watford General Hospital