Why work for us….

Current vacancies - belper-1633859_1920.jpgWe are a leading Community Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Trust working in partnership with our partners in Social Care, Charities, and Community and Acute Trusts across Derby City and the county of Derbyshire. 

Living our values

We expect each member of staff to live and breathe our four core values:

  • People first – We put our patients and colleagues at the centre of everything we do.
  • Respect – We respect and value the diversity of our patients, colleagues and partners and support a respectful and inclusive environment.
  • Honesty – We are open and transparent in all we do.
  • Do your best – We work closely with our partners to achieve the best possible outcomes for people.

Learn more about our vision and values on our Trust website.

In return, we will offer you a salary that matches your ability and responsibilities, and provide you with every opportunity to progress in your career and increase your salary through our range of training and development courses. You will also be automatically registered as a member of the NHS Pension Scheme (unless you choose to opt out) - one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK.

On top of your basic salary, you will receive at least 27 days' holiday each year, plus a range of other benefits such as:

  • Generous relocation package of up to £8,000 to support you financially through your move
  • Incremental pay increases 
  • Harmonised holiday entitlements of 27 days per year - increasing to 29 days after five years' service and 33 days after 10 years' service - plus eight general and public holidays 
  • Contributory pension scheme 
  • Study leave for sponsored courses 
  • Access to a range of Work Perks, including:
    • Flexible working opportunities
    • NHS staff discounts
    • 24/7 confidential and comprehensive employee assistance programme
    • Annual and monthly staff recognition schemes 
    • Childcare vouchers 
    • Cycle to work scheme 
    • Eye test vouchers
    • Lease car scheme.

Vicki Miller (Victoria)

VivkyMiller.pngVicki has worked for many years at the Trust's Hartington Unit, based on Chesterfield Royal Hospital site. The unit is the Trust’s main inpatient service for Chesterfield and North Derbyshire residents with acute mental health needs. The Hartington Unit consists of three adult (and older adult) acute inpatient wards called Morton Ward, Pleasley Ward and Tansley Ward, an outpatient service, memory clinic, community mental health teams, occupational therapy team and a crisis resolution and home treatment service.

Vicki started at the Hartington Unit as a student when doing her placement there. She loved it so much that she waited for seven months for a vacancy to come up so that she could apply. She has now worked there for 10 years. She says: “I would love to take up the Ward Manager’s post when she retires and then work there until I retire from nursing.”

That shows how much she loves her work and the team she is in. She says: “It’s like being part of a big happy family!

What does she like about working in this area ?

She says: “There is a real community focus about the area, the Neighbourhood teams are fantastic and work very closely with the unit.”

What about the actual work ?

She says: “It’s the diversity of my work that I love. I also feel a very strong sense of loyalty to the Unit and being born and bred in Chesterfield, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, I love being in Derbyshire for all it has to offer as a lovely place to live.”

The three wards at the Hartington Unit, Morton Ward, Pleasley Ward and Tansley Ward, are mixed 24-bedded adult acute inpatient wards, with Pleasley Ward also catering for older adults. Each ward is dedicated to providing patients with individualised care plans tailored to meet their specific needs which promotes both mental and physical health. Regular protected 1:1 therapeutic engagement time between nurse and patient is given a high priority to ensure that inpatients feel fully involved in their care.

The nursing and medical teams enjoy a close working relationship which enables an improved patient experience. There are also close relations with the crisis team, community mental heath teams and occupational therapy and recreational workers; this all ensures a smooth care pathway from one service to another.

The outpatient service based at the Hartington Unit provides consultant advice, assessment, diagnosis and treatment to people over the age of 16 with a mental health problem, who are referred by their GP. Home assessments are provided at the request of the GP where it is appropriate.

Stacy Rach

thumb1.pngStacy lives in the High Peak area, which means she has a long way to travel to work in the Hartington Unit in Chesterfield, but that did not stop her wanting to work there.

She took a career break of a couple of years to have her children and when she came back, she wanted to go back to the Hartington Unit. She says she loves the ward and has a great sense of loyalty and commitment to her work and the team.

Amy Harcombe


Amy started with working at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in November 2017 as a newly qualified Community Psychiastric Nurse.

She is a preceptorship nurse who had a placement in the Killamarsh team and liked it so much that she managed to get a permanent post there.

She has worked in prisons and rehabilitation so she felt she was able to go straight into community rather than into an inpatient area first, and she says it has worked well for her. 

The Killamarsh and Chesterfield North Neighbourhood team provides mental health support to adults regardless of age; this support is based on individuals’ needs. 

After assessing a service user's needs, the team will work with service users to help them find both short-term and longer-term ways to improve their mental health, and to focus on healthy living and behaviours. The team may also ‘signpost’ to other local community groups, organisations and amenities that may help – such as by helping them to meet new people in the community, build confidence, keep well or gain new skills.   

The team is made up of a range of health professionals including nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, mental health support workers and consultant psychiatrists.

Whom does the team support?

The Killamarsh and Chesterfield North Neighbourhood team offers support to people with a range of mental health difficulties. Examples of these include psychosis, bi-polar, personality disorder, severe depression and anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders and dementia.

What do you like about your job?

Amy is so enthusiastic about her team. She says: “The support is incredible and my manager is fantastic. As a newly qualified CPN I have had to deal with some difficult situations, and the support from my team has been amazing. Regular and effective supervision is well embedded in the team. I couldn’t have wished for a better team from day one, I was made to feel welcome from the start. Whenever I need anything my manager is always available to give advice and further support. It’s the time that the team takes to talk to each other which is so valuable. I am very lucky to be working in this Trust!”

What’s so good about Derbyshire?

For Amy the commute to work is a pleasure. She says: “I love the driving around the country, there are rolling hills and beautiful views whereever you look. I have worked in city environments before but I would never go back. I have surprised myself, as I was born and bred in Chesterfield and didn’t think I would want to move out of the town to work.”

Working as a consultant at Derbyshire Healthcare

Come and join a caring and close-knit team – one that works alongside service users to help them lead meaningful and satisfying lives. Come and find work-life balance at the gateway to the Peak District, only 90 minutes from London. Watch the videos below to learn more.

  • We believe in a compassionate, recovery-focused approach. We were rated ‘good’ for our level of caring by the Care Quality Commission and were shortlisted at the 2015 Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards 
  • Our medics and nurses work closely together, bound by our values  
  • Our work is underpinned by our consultants’ close collaboration with our Centre for Research & Development – which was shortlisted for a 2016 HSJ Award for its clinical research impact 
  • Our staff get to live and work in the beautiful and central county of Derbyshire, home to the Peak District National Park and the thriving city of Derby – just 30 minutes to Birmingham on the train and 1 hour 30 minutes to London.

Benefits of working for us

  • Relocation expenses available to eligible candidates 
  • Excellent training and career progression opportunities – we are keen to support the development of special interest sessions, including study leave support towards your continuous professional development 
  • Our team provides exceptional peer support, as you will work within a multidisciplinary team  
  • We are committed to equal opportunities, improving the working lives of all our staff  
  • We will consider applications to work flexibly. 

“After 25 years working as a psychiatrist across Derby and Derbyshire, I can say for sure that it has been a perpetually stimulating experience and makes me proud of the area and its people. From grand rural vistas to inner city challenges, the world is here and yet we work in a close-knit and 
supportive organisation. Give us a try and you are likely to get hooked." 

Dr Simon Thacker, consultant psychiatrist and associate clinical director, shortlisted for RCPsych's 2016 psychiatrist of the year

Hear from our consultants 

Watch the videos below featuring Dr Madeleine Bonney-Helliwell, our North Derbyshire Crisis Team Consultant Psychiatrist, and Dr Bushra Azam, our Hospital Liaison Team (North) Consultant Psychiatrist. Learn why they have chosen to work for Derbyshire Healthcare.

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