Executive Recruitment

About us

We are one of the largest acute trusts in England, with a predicted turnover of more than £600 million. We employ 7,950 staff and have more than 1,000 beds.

Our Trust was formed in 1999 when three hospital trusts covering Thanet, Canterbury, Ashford, Swale, Shepway and Dover merged.

A major reconfiguration of hospital services followed and we now have five hospitals serving a population of 695,000 people in east Kent and over a million through our regional services.

The William Harvey Hospital in Ashford has the full range of district general hospital services. It is also the Primary PCI centre treating heart attacks for the whole of Kent and Medway and the trauma unit for east Kent.

The Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, also provides district general hospital services and gynae-oncology, while Kent & Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury is a specialist services hub which provides inpatient renal, urology and vascular services, as well as robotic surgery.

Our new hospital in Dover, Buckland Hospital, and Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone, provide a variety of outpatient, diagnostic and minor injury services, alongside a range of services throughout the local area.

We also provide a number of services in the local community, including in people’s own homes, this includes home births, home dialysis, community paediatrics, mobile chemotherapy and stoma care.

We provide some of our services to communities outside of east Kent, including some treatments and rehabilitation only previously offered in London.

We have a national and international reputation for delivering high quality specialist care, particularly in urology, kidney disease, and vascular services.

We value and pursue excellence in research and innovation. Our Trust has been ranked first in Kent for clinical research studies, as well as consistently recruiting high numbers of patients into research trials. As a teaching Trust we play a vital role in the education and training of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, working closely with local universities and Kings College University in London.

Our priorities

  • Reducing falls and healthcare acquired infections
  • Reducing deaths from sepsis
  • Improving theatre capacity
  • Reducing patient time in ED once there has been a decision to admit.

We have chosen these four objectives using data to see where we can make the most significant improvements by focusing our efforts. We’ll also use data to measure how much we’re making a difference.

Frontline teams will lead making improvements in these areas of focus. They will be supported by our Improvement Office, which will help give teams the training and tools they need, and our Executive Directors will set the focus and coach leaders in how to support change. Our corporate teams will work with frontline teams to tackle organisation-wide improvements.

We recognise that this change in the way we work together means changing our behaviour and the way we do things. We will develop all leaders – from executive directors to ward managers - to be coaches, not ‘fixers’. We will live our Trust values in the way we work together, and involve patients in our improvement journey.

Our 'We care' philosophy

What is ‘We care’?

  • Reducing falls and healthcare acquired infections
  • Reducing deaths from sepsis
  • Improving theatre capacity
  • Reducing patient time in ED once there has been a decision to admit.

We have chosen these four objectives using data to see where we can make the most significant improvements by focusing our efforts. We’ll also use data to measure how much we’re making a difference.

Frontline teams will lead making improvements in these areas of focus. They will be supported by our Improvement Office, which will help give teams the training and tools they need, and our Executive Directors will set the focus and coach leaders in how to support change. Our corporate teams will work with frontline teams to tackle organisation-wide improvements.

We recognise that this change in the way we work together means changing our behaviour and the way we do things. We will develop all leaders – from executive directors to ward managers - to be coaches, not ‘fixers’. We will live our Trust values in the way we work together, and involve patients in our improvement journey.