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Working at Benenden Hospital

Are you kind, compassionate and a great team player? Are patients at the heart of everything you do? Do you want to develop your career at Benenden Hospital? If so, why not find out more about some of our job roles:

Careers for Allied Health Professionals

Allied professionals in the main are degree level professionals that are not doctors or nurses. This includes Physiotherapists, Imaging and Pharmacy staff.

Vacancies for allied professionals

Careers in our operating theatres

Our highly skilled theatre professionals enjoy cutting-edge technology and modern facilities.

Theatre vacancies

Careers in nursing and clinical support

As a nurse, you’ll be working in our modern and spacious Outpatient department or our wards.

Nursing vacancies

Working for our Flexi-Bank

Flexi-Bank provides us with skilled staff to cover temporary shortages within our clinical and non-clinical areas.

Flexi-Bank vacancies

Careers in management and support

This category covers all our non-clinical departments such as hospital Management, Administration, Finance, Estates, Housekeepers, Porters and Catering - all of which are critical to the smooth running of our hospital.

Management and support vacancies


Looking to make a difference? join our team of volunteers at Benenden Hospital.


Benenden Hospital
Goddard's Green Road
TN17 4AX

Benenden Hospital is set in a tranquil location that offers a peaceful retreat for our patients. It's important to note that public transport does not directly serve the hospital. If you're travelling by train, the nearest station (Headcorn) is approximately seven miles away.

Our awards and accreditations

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An introduction to working at Benenden Hospital

At Benenden Hospital we're proud of our people, who work so hard to enable a safe, comfortable, patient-focused environment for those in our care.

If you're kind, compassionate and a great team player and want to develop your career with us, watch our talented staff explain the benefits and opportunities available at our CQC rated Outstanding private hospital.

Why work for us?
Training and development

Training and development

We invest in extensive in-house and online training and development programmes, so our people are given the right opportunities to succeed.

I have a question about working at Benenden Hospital

What is Benenden Hospital?

Benenden Hospital was opened in 1907 by the National Association for the Establishment and Maintenance of Sanatoria - to treat postal workers suffering from tuberculosis.

The Association was a consortium founded by trade unions and friendly societies and the Benenden Healthcare Society (formerly the Post Office and Civil Service Sanatoria) became a member. By 1951 the Association had disbanded, and the Benenden Healthcare Society took over the sanatorium.

With cases of TB declining, the Benenden Healthcare Society expanded treatment to include chest complaints and cancer, shortly afterwards building an operating theatre, surgical wards and an x-ray department.

Today the Benenden Healthcare Society is known as Benenden Health. Benenden offers a range of discretionary healthcare and well-being services to individual and business healthcare members.

Benenden Hospital is a subsidiary and is an independent hospital with charitable status, which continues the principle of providing first-class treatment for a wide range of specialities.

In 2017, we launched a multi-million-pound redevelopment of Benenden Hospital, which included the construction of our light and bright atrium, a new outpatient area, new CTMRI, and diagnostic imaging facilities, our new physiotherapy suite, and our spacious restaurant.

Everything we do is designed to make our patients feel better, including the design of our building. Our Atrium was designed to aid healing, with natural light flooding the room, and murals by local photographer, Hugh Turvey, decorating the walls.

What types of vacancies are available?

We offer full and part-time vacancies, as well as Flexi-Bank opportunities. 

How do I apply and how long does the recruitment process take?

To ensure that our recruitment and selection process is fair and objective, each application goes through a robust process. Therefore, please don't worry if you don’t hear from us straight away. The process we follow is below.

Step 1: Sending your application

  • On receipt, your application will be acknowledged by the resourcing officer or a member of HR.

Step 2: Reviewing your application

  • The resourcing officer will initially screen applications to a basic set criteria
  • Successful applications will be forwarded to the recruiting manager, who will shortlist each application against a pre-set criteria.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will receive an e-mail advising them that they have been unsuccessful at the shortlist stage.

Step 3: The interview stage

  • Successful applicants will be contacted by the resourcing officer to offer an interview.
  • An e-mail will be sent confirming the details of the interview. There will be important details included in the base of the e-mail.
  • The interview will take place at the hospital, alternatives to attending the hospital for an interview can be discussed with the resourcing officer.
  • The interview panel will usually consist of the recruiting manager and one other, this may vary according to the level of the responsibility of the role.
  • Applicants will be advised as to whether there will be a desk top exercise as well as an interview.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted via e-mail. Unsuccessful applicants will be provided with feedback if they request it.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by phone and they will be advised of the next steps.

Step 4: Your job offer

  • An offer letter, terms and conditions and various other documents will be sent via email to the successful applicant by the HR team.
  • Once the documents have been completed by the applicant and returned to the HR team, various checks will begin, these include a DBS check, occupational health assessment and request for 2 references. Please be aware that these can sometimes take longer than expected, however you will be kept informed

Our hospital and team are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our patients and therefore all our vacancies are subject to either a Standard or an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service, as well as satisfactory reference checks. These procedures need to be completed before a new member of staff can join the hospital.

Step 5: Starting your new job at Benenden Hospital

  • Once all the checks have been received and are acceptable, you will be contacted by HR who will discuss a start date with you.

Where do I send my CV and covering letter to?

If you wish to apply for a position, please send your application form and CV to

Who can I discuss the role or recruitment process with?

If you'd like further information, or have any questions relating to any role or the recruitment process, you can contact our Resourcing Officer, Claire Coupe at

What is Flexi-Bank?

Flexi-Bank working gives fantastic flexibility, and for many people is the ideal way to work. Flexi-Bank workers cover shifts at the hospital depending on staffing requirements, therefore hours are not guaranteed.

What rewards and benefits do Benenden Hospital offer their employees?

At Benenden Hospital, we value and support our employees and if you join our team you'll have access to a range of great benefits and additional support.

What are the training and development opportunities?

We offer a range of training and development opportunities to increase skills, maintain competence and compliance using degree and apprenticeship programmes, external specialist courses, qualifications, eLearning, work shadowing, lunch and learn, coaching, mentoring, and reflective practice.

Is Benenden Hospital Investors in People accredited?

We are accredited to the Investors in People health and wellbeing award.

Does Benenden Hospital offer apprenticeship schemes?

There are two apprenticeship routes available:

  • The traditional apprentice programme which typically takes two years and has been successful in our IT department
  • Upskilling existing employees in Leadership, Quality Improvement, Catering, Customer Service and Nursing

Does Benenden Hospital offer nursing apprenticeships?

We're currently sponsoring several healthcare support workers to complete the Nursing Associate programme at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Do you offer work experience or internships?

We have a yearly work experience programme.

Do I need a visa to work at Benenden Hospital if I’m not a UK national?

If you are not a UK National, please visit the GOV.UK website to see if you are eligible to work at the hospital.

Is Benenden Hospital in the tier 2 sponsorship scheme?

The hospital does not currently engage in the tier 2 sponsorship scheme.

I have a disability. How can you support me while I’m applying for a job?

We're committed to promoting, supporting and encouraging Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) in the workplace and is a central part of our culture. We are also a Disability Confident employer.

If you would like to discuss, in confidence, any particular concern or requirement you have in relation to our recruitment and selection process, especially if this is in relation to a protected characteristic, please contact our Resourcing Officer, Claire Coupe on

Do you have volunteering opportunities at Benenden Hospital?

We value and support our team of volunteers, who bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to the hospital. In return we can provide them with new skills and experiences.

I have a question or problem that isn’t answered here. Can you help?

Please send us an email at

Applying for a position

If you wish to apply for a position, please send your application form and CV to

For general vacancy enquiries, please contact Claire Coupe, Resourcing Officer, by email.