Who Is A Keyworker?

A keyworker is an individual employed in the public sector in a frontline role delivering a much needed public service to our society where there are severe recruitment and retention difficulties, in areas such as health, education and public safety.


Our eligibility criteria vary across the different schemes. The eligibility at some of our regional schemes is subject to a priority ranking established by the respective NHS Hospital Trust.

NHS Staff Accommodation London & UK

Our London properties can offer rooms to a wider range of keyworkers, which includes healthcare professionals and support staff, paramedics and ambulance service workers. When it comes to NHS accommodation in London, we have some of the most affordable, high quality options in the city.

Key Worker Housing for Teachers

Alongside NHS staff, some of our properties are available to teachers and lecturers based in educational establishments across London and other parts of England. Browse our key worker properties in the capital and the south of England to see which of our key worker housing is available to teachers.

Police Accommodation London

A number of our London and southern England-based properties are also open to police officers, fire brigade officers, social workers and members of the armed forces, among others. Contact us today to find out about other professions that may be eligible to stay at one of our properties, either on a long or short term basis. If you work in an public sector organisation such as the police, accommodation in London is easy to find with Optivo.

What is Included in My Rent?

Most of our long term rental rates include utilities and council tax. Please refer to the individual scheme for more information.

Optivo has been working in partnership with the NHS since 2001. Following a successful amalgamation process Viridian Housing and AmicusHorizon we have become Optivo since 22nd May 2017. Learn more about Optivo here.

The majority of our regional keyworker accommodation in located adjacent to NHS Hospital Trusts, with staff at each Trust taking priority for all accommodation vacancies that may arise. Our accommodation is open to healthcare professionals as well as support staff, who are looking for a place to rent in the local area. Our keyworker schemes are currently located next to Basingstoke HospitalKettering HospitalKingston HospitalLuton and Dunstable Hospital and St Peter’s and Ashford Hospital. Several of our schemes offer short-term accommodation for relatives of patients, subject to availability.

Our recently launched keyworker rentals for single keyworker professionals in Central London are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that a portion of the accommodation in those buildings is offered to university students.

The rooms at Helen Graham House and Goldsmiths House are ideal for young professionals looking for affordable rooms to rent in Central London, particularly for those health professionals working at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, the University College London Hospital, as well as all the hospitals and clinics on Harley Street. Park House is located within walking distance from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Bupa Cromwell Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital and The Royal Marsden.

To enquire about availability at any of our keyworker rental properties or for more information, please contact the relevant team directly or send us an email at info@keyworkeraccommodation.org.uk