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Applying for a job here

All our vacancies are advertised in current vacancies on our site and at NHS Jobs

We do not accept CVs for the majority of vacancies, so it is vital that you fill in the online form correctly: it is the only document we have to help us decide whether or not to invite you to interview.

Sometimes we restrict vacancies to internal staff only, but this will be shown on the advert.

Top tips for filling out your application

  • Read the instructions in the advertisement and application form very carefully and make sure that you complete all the sections of the application form. The information you give in the 'application for employment' section will be used to decide if you should be shortlisted for interview.
  • if you have any questions about the role that are not answered by the job description, please get in touch with the named contact in the vacancy advert for an informal discussion..
  • It is really important that you read the job description and person specification throughly before you apply for any position. You need to be able to prove that you meet the requirements of the role you are applying for and your application should show how you meet each of the criteria listed as essential for the role.
  • Tailor your application to the role: don’t just add your CV to the supporting statement section. The 'supporting information' section is your opportunity to sell yourself; use it to your advantage. You can include any information here that has not been covered elsewhere on the form. 
  • Make sure your personal information is up to date and make sure you explain any gaps in your work or educational history. 
  • When you have completed your form, make sure you read it throught for any errors or omissions before you send it: you cannot make any changes once you have submitted your application.
  • Check the closing date of the vacancy.
  • Don’t forget to check your NHS Jobs’ account: check your emails and NHS Jobs’ account regularly as this is the way we will contact you with updates on your application.

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Careers

We believe that good staff and good patient experience go hand in hand and the people who work with us are at the very heart of delivering an excellent service to our patients.

You will see from the wide range of benefits that we offer that we will look after you throughout your career with us.

Over the next five years we will continue to transform the way we provide services, investing over £160million in building state-of-the-art mental health hospitals which will be amongst the very best in the world. This is a great time to join us.

Our very wide range of job roles and opportunities combined with our reputation for excellence in mental health services make us an attractive place to work. We are always searching for staff who embody our values and are innovative, adaptable and committed to providing our patients with superior, evidence-based care. By coming to work with us you will be at the heart of an organisation with a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation in healthcare.

With more than 100 clinical teams across the Trust, you will have the opportunity to work with highly motivated and dedicated professionals, including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, psychotherapists and psychologists; so your work will have a real impact.

View our latest vacancies.

Apply to work on our Staff bank

Get the chance to earn extra income (0.2 point of each band) including inner London weighting paid on a weekly basis.

  • Ability to work extra hours when you choose including while on annual leave provided that you do not breach any working time regulations requirements.
  • Professional Development and supervision opportunities from working in other wards/departments.
  • Great networking opportunities by working with different teams.

For further information contact:  TemporaryStaffing@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk

recruitment process

Recruitment process

We want the best - the best services for our patients and the best people to help them.

That is why we have developed a simple, effective, recuitment process to ensure we get the right candidates.  And having recruited them that is not the end of the process.  We have put together a comprehensive range of benefits and career development paths to make sure they get the most out of their time with us.

Come and join our team.

A day at the trust

What our staff say

Every single day, our dedicated teams carry out a wide range of tasks to support our patients and their friends, families and carers. 

Our staff work across a range of disciplines and provide care and treatment to almost 20,000 people from south west London and beyond.

Every day is different. Every day is a challenge. Every day is an opportunity to help others.

 

We asked some of our staff what they like about working in mental health...

Sarah 1Sarah: Staff Nurse and Preceptee Mentor at SWLSTG

How long have you been working in mental health? I have worked as a RMN within the Trust for just over a year but I have previous experience     working with those within mental health as a HCA in an acute CAMHS inpatient unit whilst I was a student nurse.

Did you work in any other area before working in mental health? I have worked as a support worker previously with children and adults with learning difficulties.

Why are you passionate about it? I am passionate about working to support others and teaching which has always been an interest of mine.

What is one of the best things about working in mental health? I love the hands on work and learning something new everyday working with patients aswell as alongside my colleagues

What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health? People with mental health problems can snap out of it or change if they tried hard enough.


Hannah: Occupational Therapist in Deaf mental healthHannah 1

How long have you been working in mental health? 10 years ! 9 months in a Low Secure Women’s unit, 4 years in drug and alcohol detox ward (Rowan Ward), 5 years in rehab (Phoenix Unit) and now I’m working in Deaf mental health (Bluebell Ward).

Did you work in any other area before working in mental health? Before working in mental health, I was and OT student. When we train to be OTs, as part of our course, we have to have placements so I have also worked on a neuro stroke ward, community physical health, eating disorders, Early Intervention, CAMHS ward and elderly mental health.Before I trained to be an OT I worked in Sainsbury’s and staples doing sales assistant’s work. I also worked briefly as a pharmacy assistant which I really enjoyed and actually helped me as an OT.

Why are you passionate about it? They say 1 in 4 people can experience a mental health problem, which really means that all of us will have at least 1 or more people in our life struggling. This means that mental health really affects everyone whether you are a service user, carer, friend, parent, family member etc. I am also passionate about it because of the cuts made to services, it’s important, given the current circumstances, that we provide the best support, care and easiest access we can within our remit. I am also passionate about mental health as I have also had my own journey as a service user. There have been ups and downs but I was lucky enough to access the right interventions. I believe that it’s really important to be able to talk about our own mental health (including at work!) to break down stigma and increase more open meaningful conversations.

What is one of the best things about working in mental health? Certainly as an OT it’s the variety. I can be baking one day, walking the next, going to a museum, trying to figure out why someone cant wash themselves…..also I get to meet all kinds of people.

What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health? I think there is still an idea in the general public that people with mental health problems are ‘crazy’ or ‘dangerous’ which is obviously wrong, anyone could have a mental health problem. However, certainly the younger generation are much more informed about mental health through the internet. I was recently on a discussion panel at University of Arts London talking about mental health and politics and my mind was blown by how much the room of students aged between 18-25 knew and the recovery focused and trauma informed language they were using.


Name Bertha: Senior Development NurseBertha 1

How long have you been working in mental health? 10 years

Did you work in any other area before working in mental health? Before becoming a mental health nurse I was a high school teacher for a while. One summer holiday I bumped into an old colleague who had left teaching and gone to train as a mental health nurse. She started to share with me her experiences as a mental health nurse and I felt so inspired. This was a turning point for me and I decided that I was going to change careers and go and train as a mental health nurse. It was a leap of faith but it just felt right and continues to be one of the best decisions of my life as I love my job.

Why are you passionate about it? It is amazing how you get to share one’s journey and be a part of the support they might need at that particular time. Learning that each person is a unique individual and taking the time to listen. Although in my current role I do not have the opportunity for a lot of clinical work, I have a platform where I can share my passion with student nurses, preceptees and mentors and hopefully inspire them the way I have fortunately been inspired by some fantastic mental health nurses along my journey.

What is one of the best things about working in mental health? Every day is different and I get to meet different individuals both staff and patients and learn so much from each and every one.

What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health? That mental health nursing is ‘hard’ on the contrary I have found it really rewarding and enjoyable.

 

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