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Starting at King’s

We want your first few weeks and months with us to go as smoothly as possible, so you can get on with what you do best and we can chart your progress and development.

First day

Your line manager will usually contact you the week before you start to confirm what time to arrive and where to meet.

In most cases, they will also co-ordinate what happens on your first day, introduce you to your team, help you to find your way around the hospital and ensure you have all the information you need to do your job.


Everyone who joins us takes part in our induction programme. It introduces you to the Trust and how we work, as well as giving you essential employment-related information.

Find out more about induction

Buddy scheme

As part of your induction you may be assigned a buddy or mentor, to help you settle in more quickly.

Objectives and appraisal

During your induction period, your manager will explain more about your job role. Once you are settled in, they will also set objectives with you.

Your progress will then be evaluated at your annual appraisal meeting. You will be expected to show evidence or a description of how you have met your objectives and worked within the King’s Values.

You will also discuss your training and development needs and plan with your manager how these can be met. This may include attending courses and taking qualifications, or you may feel another approach will meet your needs, such as job shadowing, attending meetings, or belonging to a journal club.