Working with us

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust is one of only two trusts in Yorkshire and Humber to be awarded the Health Service Journal’s Top 100 Best Places to Work. We believe there are lots of things that make the Trust one of the best places to work.

For general HR queries please call the HR team on 01423 554494 or Switchboard on 01423 885959 and ask for Recruitment, Learning and Development or Operational HR.

The Trust

We employ more than 3,500 staff across North Yorkshire and beyond. We provide community services from Scarborough to Skipton, and offer hospital-based services from Harrogate District Hospital and Ripon Community Hospital. The roles we offer reflect the range of services we provide – they include nursing and medical roles, but also clinical support roles, apprenticeships, administrative roles and management positions as well as work experience and voluntary opportunities. Explore more about the types of roles we offer and current vacancies on our jobs page.

As a partner in the What Matters To Us Harrogate and Rural District Vanguard, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust is developing an innovative new model of care, which will enable patients to be cared for closer to home and reduce their need to attend our Emergency Department. We will do this by working within the community in multidisciplinary teams comprising GPs, nursing staff, social care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, mental health and the voluntary sector.

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Our values and strategy

We believe all colleagues have a part to play in reflecting our values. These have been developed by teams across the Trust and provide a framework for our behaviours: we aim to show Kindness, Integrity, Teamwork and Equality in everything we do.

Find out more about how our values fit with our overall vision, mission and strategy.

Workforce and Organisational Development Strategy

Clinical Workforce Strategy

Leadership Development Strategy

Staff health, wellbeing and benefits

In our 2023 NHS Staff Survey, we have seen an increase in overall staff engagement with HDFT ranked 4th/22 equivalent NHS Trusts in the North East and Yorkshire region. Colleagues consistently rated the Trust as above average across all seven areas of the NHS People Promise including Recognition & Reward, Working Flexibly and being Compassionate and Inclusive, and in both themes of Staff Engagement and Morale. We have also improved in each area compared with our previous year’s results.  Line management, people development and flexible working have been identified as relative strengths for the Trust compared with other organisations.

Living Wage

We believe all staff should be able to afford an acceptable standard of living, which is why we pay the Real Living Wage. The Real Living Wage is currently £12.00 an hour, which equates to an annual, full-time (37.5 hours a week) income of £23464.35. We pay all our staff a minimum of £12.00 an hour, which is significantly higher than the National Living Wage of £10.42/hour. To find out more about the Real Living Wage and how it is calculated, please see the Real Living Wage website

Annual leave

Staff members are entitled to 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays. This entitlement increases to 29 days after five years of service and 33 days after 10 years of service.

Car lease

We are able to offer staff access to car lease schemes through salary sacrifice, meaning staff can make savings on tax and National Insurance.


Our staff members are able to access a range of discounts with both local and national partners. Work for Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and save money on:

  • Restaurants
  • Days out
  • Gym memberships
  • Entertainment
  • Holidays and short breaks
  • Phones and utilities

To view the full list of discounts available, click here.

Flexible working

We believe that flexible working should be offered wherever possible in order to provide a seven day service to our patients and to accommodate a work/life balance for our staff. Flexible working can be used in many different ways to meet the needs of staff and services. Opportunities may include:

  • Part-time roles
  • Job sharing
  • Flexi-time
  • Compressed hours
  • Career breaks
  • Home/agile working

Health and wellbeing

We believe that we should look after our staff and their health and wellbeing, and that by doing so they will be best placed to provide safe and excellent care for our patients. We have the following initiatives in place to support our staff:

  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sheffield Hallam University Wellness programme – supporting staff to lead healthier lives
  • Counselling
  • Discounted gym memberships

Personal and professional development

At Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust we believe that You Matter Most, so we support our staff throughout their NHS career with us. We provide extensive training, development and career progression opportunities, such as:

  • Preceptorships
  • Mentorship
  • Access to training programmes
  • Manager training for all new line managers
  • Appraisals
  • Apprenticeships
  • Clinical skills training

To ensure that we are able to attract, develop and retain the right workforce, with the right skills, at the right time, we have carefully thought about what we need to be doing as an employer to achieve this.  Three strategies – The Workforce & Organisational Development Strategy, The Clinical Workforce Strategy and the Leadership Development Strategy, have each been developed to support this.

Staff awards

We aim to show our staff recognition on a day-to-day basis by providing supportive and encouraging working environments. We also hold several events during the year to formally demonstrate our appreciation of our staff members’ hard work and commitment to the Trust.

  • Long Service Awards: staff who have worked for the Trust for 25, 35 and 40 years are presented with a gift at an annual ceremony;
  • Celebrating Success Awards: this annual ceremony recognises staff’s contribution to the delivery of outstanding care;
  • Annual Awards and Christmas Oscars: during the Christmas period, we give awards to the most festive ward/department, most festive member of staff, and volunteer of the year.

Refer a friend scheme

If you’ve been successful in obtaining a role at HDFT and were referred to HDFT by a friend who works at the Trust (and you declared this on your application form), you’ll need to complete a Referral Confirmation (Candidates Form) and send to [email protected]

Our region

Harrogate District Hospital is only 16 miles from Leeds and 20 miles from York – so roughly a 30-45 minute journey. Ripon Community Hospital is 35 miles from Leeds and 26 miles from York. Find out more about commuting options.


No matter where you work you’re never far from some stunning countryside. The North York Moors National Park can be reached easily from Middlesbrough, Darlington, Ripon, Harrogate, Whitby and Scarborough. The Yorkshire Dales are close to Skipton, Harrogate and Darlington.

Urban life

The region we cover also has a range of options for the urbanites out there. If you’re looking for a city lifestyle, both Leeds and York are within easy commutable distance of many of our sites. We also provide children’s services in Durham, Darlington and Middlesbrough – all of which have their own attractions.

Of course, Harrogate itself has a lot to offer, and has been voted the happiest place to live in the UK two years running by RightMove. That may be something to do with our famous Betty’s Tea Rooms… Find out more from the Visit Harrogate website.

Historic attractions

This area has an array of historic attractions for you to explore. We have a number of castles and ruins within easy reach, including Fountains Abbey, Whitby Abbey and Skipton Castle. Why not explore stately homes and gardens, such as Castle Howard, Harewood House or the multi-award winning RHS Gardens Harlow Carr. Experience the medieval York Mystery Plays at York Minster or imagine yourself in wartime Britain at the Eden Camp.

Family attractions

There is plenty for families to enjoy together. For the thrill-seekers, we have two theme parks nearby – Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land. You could visit Mother Shipton’s Cave, England’s oldest visitor attraction, which includes a petrifying well and a forest to explore. A day at the seaside is never too far away, with both Whitby and Scarborough nearby.

NHS Retirement Fellowships

The National Health Service Retirement Fellowship was established in 1978 and exists to promote the interests and welfare of anyone who has worked for the NHS. The Harrogate branch of the Fellowship is an active community who enjoy companionship and social interaction with old and new friends. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust supports the branch and encourages former staff to join. They hold regular meetings with discussion, book sales and refreshments. Please visit their website for more information.