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Our values: Care with compassion, Respect and dignity, Striving to excel, Professional standards, Working together

Working for us

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The Trust is a vibrant, friendly organisation to work for. We employ approximately 2,500 staff on four different sites: Darent Valley Hospital, Queen Mary's Hospital, Erith & District Hospital and Elm Court. 


The Trust has also been placed amongst the 'Top 100' healthcare employers as one of the best organisations to work for in the United Kingdom. The independent survey conducted by Ipsos MORI is undertaken on behalf of the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times. Please view our Recruitment Booklet - Our Trust, Our People, Your Opportunity.

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Our values

The Trust is committed to providing high quality services and in 2014 we engaged with over 300 staff to help us develop values that underpin how we approach our responsibilities.

Our Values are critical to our success and we expect all staff to adhere to them:


  • Delivery high quality CARE WITH COMPASSION to every patient. 

  • Demonstrating RESPECT AND DIGNITY for patients, their carers’ and our colleagues. 

  • STRIVING TO EXCEL in everything we do. 

  • WORKING TOGETHER to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. 

  • Sustaining the highest PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, showing honesty, openness and integrity in all our actions.


Our Values are supported by Our behaviours which we rely on every member of staff to exhibit.


Engaging staff in the development of Our Values is one example of how we engage staff.  We regard staff development as integral to how we work and this is demonstrated by consistently strong staff survey results, and being an HSJ Top 100 Employer.  We have also been shortlisted for awards and rated amongst the best trusts in country for staff engagement by Listening into Action.