Becoming part of our talented, compassionate and caring staff team means joining an organisation that puts service users at the heart of all we do – making sure that we make a positive difference to people’s lives.

We believe that great care is delivered by great people, every day. People who have the right skills and values, leaders who involve and empower, and a workplace where people grow, thrive and succeed.

To attract and retain the best staff, we know that as well as a salary that matches your level of responsibility and experience, you will want opportunities to develop your career and continue your professional development. But you’ll also want to be part of an organisation that values its staff and looks after you.

We are rated 'Outstanding’ by the CQC, who also praised our people for their motivated and caring approach to their work.  You can read the report here.

Our latest staff survey puts us among the very best. In 2020 our staff have told us that they would recommend HPFT as a place to work and as a place for their friends and family to receive care. Staff feel valued, respected and supported in a culture where they feel safe, where they can raise concerns, and where they feel motivated and supported to give the best of care. 

They were particularly positive about how HPFT looked after their Health and Wellbeing despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.

We’re also managed by an exceptionally strong senior management group, led by our CEO Karen Taylor.


We’re proud to be one of only five mental health and learning disability trusts that have received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

We are driven by a very strong set of values which are the basis of how our staff behave to each other and to the people using our services

We are an NHS Foundation Trust, which means that:

  • We are accountable to local people who can become members and governors
  • We meet national standards, but we decide how best to do this
  • We have more financial freedom so we can plan for the longer term

We’re also a University Trust, which means we have close links to the University of Hertfordshire, providing excellent learning and development opportunities for staff, as well as strengthening clinical research.