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Staff Benefits

Below you can read about the excellent package of staff benefits you’ll enjoy if you get a job working for our Trust.

Flexible working

Our Flexible Working policy offers a wide range of flexible working options to support your work-home life balance. These include part-time working, term-time working, job sharing, annualised hours, careers breaks, flexi-time arrangements, and unpaid leave.

Pension scheme

The excellent NHS Pension Scheme is an important and valuable staff benefit. The NHS Pension Scheme includes:

  • a final salary pension when you retire
  • life assurance cover of 2 years pay while a member of the scheme
  • voluntary early retirement benefits
  • ill health retirement benefits
  • redundancy benefits
  • family benefits
  • option to increase your benefits

The contributions rate is 5% for lower earners and can increase for higher earners. We currently contribute 14% of someone’s pensionable pay. Pension contributions attract income tax relief and most members pay a reduced rate of National Insurance contributions. Most NHS employees aged between 16 and 75 can join the scheme.

If you would like to know more about the NHS Pension Scheme, visit the NHS Pensions website by clicking here.

Health Service Discounts

Health Service Discounts is the official NHS employee benefit provider to over 700 NHS organisations. Whether it's spending on insurance, mobile phones, travel, utilities, fashion or day-to-day basics, they offer savings from hundreds of leading brands. For more information, visit Health Service Discounts.

Annual Leave and Public Holidays

All staff who join us have an annual leave entitlement of 27 days for a full year’s work. This increases to 29 days after five years of service, and 33 days after 10 years.

Staff also have 8 public holidays. These are as follows:

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • May Day
  • Spring Bank Holiday
  • August Bank Holiday
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Childcare

We are registered with Computershare (who used to be known as Busy Bees), who can offer our employees Childcare Vouchers. You can visit Computershare’s website here to find out more about how Childcare Vouchers work. We also have a number of agreed discounts with local services. These include:

  • £30 off Superweeks
  • 20% off Kings Camps (sport and activity day camps) for children aged between 5 and17
  • £4 per day off Super Camps during school holidays for children aged between 4 and 13

Some of the discounts provided by NHS Discounts are also helpful with childcare.

Occupational Health Services

We provide a comprehensive Occupational Health service to all staff. The range of services provided by this service include pre-employment health assessments, night worker assessments, immunisation programmes, health and safety advice, health surveillance, and infection control.

Learning and development

We are committed to offering all staff members the opportunities to develop their personal and professional skills. Working for us, you will be able to undertake a training programme that can include such things as:

  • a core induction
  • health and safety and other essential training
  • a range of programmes helping clinical staff to update their professional skills
  • IT and Health Informatics training
  • a range of NVQ programmes
  • accredited Leadership and Management programmes
  • job-related university programmes

You can read more about Learning and Development in our Trust by clicking here.

Awards and Recognitions

Every year our Learning and Development team organise an annual awards ceremony. At this ceremony we congratulate all staff who have achieved qualifications in the past year, and present special awards to staff for outstanding achievements in a variety of fields. We also present Long Service awards for those who have worked for over 25 years in the NHS.

Staff Support

The wellbeing of our staff is important to us, because we care about our staff and because a happy workforce are better placed to provide excellent care and support to others. Our Staff Support Service provide a confidential psychology and counselling service to any staff members who would like to use the service, for whatever reason. The support service also provide support through workshops on such such things as stress management and mediation and conflict resolution.  

Other Benefits

Other benefits you will receive as a member of our workforce include:

  • incremental pay increases
  • chances to donate blood during working hours
  • a library service
  • a spiritual care service
  • sick pay
  • weight management classes
  • mindfulness classes to increase wellbeing
  • opportunities to join recognised unions