CNWL provides NHS services throughout a person’s life, in physical and mental health and everything in between, at GPs and hospitals to the community and in their own home.

We’re a large organisation with thousands of patients. About 26% of our patients are seen in mental health services, 32% in sexual health and the largest group – 42% of all patients – are seen in community services, across eight London boroughs and Milton Keynes. In this sense we are a very modern part of the NHS, with better integration and coordination of care, delivered as close to home as possible.  

Our Community Health Strategy outlines 14 key commitments we’ve made over the next five years

Where community care is not possible we offer a number of facilities to treat people in hospital or residential environments. We also provide healthcare in prisons in London and the surrounding areas.

The skilled work our mental health nurses do can be very different from other branches – on wards and in the community - working as they do with the challenges of mental illness and often for long periods of time, sometimes with people in the deepest of crisis and often with long term conditions. Physical health has been a growing part of this work, to close the gap of the years of life lost.

Last year we launched our own CNWL nursing badge –it’s a badge of honour to wear with a compass around the themes of ‘protection’, ‘guidance’ and ‘keeping people safe’. This fits with our Trust values of compassion, respect, empowerment and partnership.

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Last year, during International Year of the Nurse, many of our nurses shared their experience of working for us in different settings. You can read them here.

We have a diverse team of nurses working in the heart of central London and in Milton Keynes.

We have community services in

  • Camden
  • Hillingdon
  • Milton Keynes

We have mental health services in

  • Brent
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Harrow
  • Hillingdon
  • Westminster
  • Milton Keynes

Behind the scenes

We also have some short video clips of the work we did, watch them below.

Nursing in Camden – staff have described working in Camden and the role as

Vibrant, diverse, rewarding and flexible


Here staff in Milton Keynes describe what it’s like to work in the region.

Benefits of working at CNWL

We’re passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.

You can make a big contribution to the way the NHS develops and responds to society’s needs here at CNWL.
Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We have a dedicated and skilled workforce, who compassionately support our people. We’re always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we’re hoping to find our future leaders and we’ll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career – whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

We’re fortunate to work in one of the largest and most culturally diverse cities in the world. Our catchment area in London spans diverse communities, with over 150 first languages spoken, containing great areas of affluence as well as areas with much deprivation.

We offer a range of wellbeing initiatives (summarised in this PDF) For people joining us this includes

  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Flexible working options
  • Staff awards
  • An interest-free travel season ticket loan
  • Car, cycle to work and gym membership salary sacrifice schemes
  • Home electronics salary sacrifice – a scheme that enables employees to get electronics via an interest-free loan
  • NHS long service awards
  • National and local consumer discounts and offers


From the day you arrive you will be given the tools to support your development and success in your career. Every new starter on the international recruitment programme has an extended induction period. We know how important it is for you to pass the NMC OSCE so you will start by attending a 2 week OSCE preparation programme which will take you through the OSCE step by step and give you plenty of opportunities to practice the exam. Central and North West London NHS Trust has a dedicated team, who provide training and support to prepare the internationally educated nurses to undertake their NMC OSCE.

Following the OSCE preparation programme you will be introduced to the workplace and shadow a Registered Nurse. You will have an allocated mentor in your placement areas to support your transition into nursing in the UK and Clinical Educators for Overseas Nurses will support your practice sessions. We have a range of learning opportunities to help you develop your skills and confidence ranging from conversation classes to skill simulation classes.  

Once you have gained your NMC pin you will be able to join an extended preceptorship programme and will have access to all the development opportunities which all our nurses enjoy. We are committed to ensuring that all our nurses participate in continuing professional development which supports their practice and career development.