Senior Application Development Engineer

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

We are looking to recruit a senior, full-stack web developer to our growing Application Development team in Canterbury. This is a new role in a new and ambitious team, seeking to provide robust and innovative digital services to patients and staff, and to bring software development in-house wherever we can.

As a senior engineer you will be expected to be self-motivated and disciplined, with a strong awareness of development best practices. You will play a key role in defining application architecture, writing high-quality code and mentoring junior colleagues.

This role is based in Canterbury with scope flexible and/or remote working.

Main duties of the job

You will work on a wide variety of projects using open-source technologies, primarily Laravel. You must have experience of modern object-oriented PHP, HTML/CSS and JavaScript. Experience with Agile, CI/CD, TDD and/or mobile application development is a plus.

Upcoming projects include developing patient-facing web applications, APIs and mobile applications, building tools to assist clinicians and the redesign/redevelopment of the portfolio of Trust websites.

The successful candidate will have a love for learning and new technology. You should have a knack for problem solving and critical thinking, with knowledge of architecting solutions and breaking business requirements into achievable technical tasks.

About us

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals and community clinics serving a local population of around 695,000 people.Our vision is 'great healthcare from great people'. Everything we do is guided by our values: People feel cared for, safe, respected and confident that we are making a difference.

We have a new way of working at East Kent Hospitals, called We care. Its about empowering frontline staff to lead improvements day-to-day. Were looking for compassionate people to be part of our improvement journey for the patients, families and carers we care for every day.

If you are considering applying for any vacancy with East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) please ensure you are comfortable being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that you understand that we are treating COVID-19 positive patients within our hospital.

Unless you are informed in writing that your post does not require full vaccination, it will be a condition of your employment that you are and remain fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless you have medical exemption. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in 'supporting documents'.

Person Specification



  • Demonstrates a higher level knowledge of software development best practices
  • A relevant qualitifcation in Computer Science / IT / web application development or equivalent industry experience


  • 3+ years' experience with Laravel / PHP and relational databases
  • 3+ years' experience with JavaScript



  • demonstrates a strong understanding of web application security fundamentals


  • The post holder should be able to share knowledge, demonstrate best practice and explain technical concepts

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust


Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Ethelbert Road



Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Tom Gillett


Date posted

20 December 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum



Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Ethelbert Road



Supporting documents

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0300 330 1013

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