Whatever your role, working in a NHS Foundation Trust, like ours, is a demanding and extremely rewarding experience. Knowing that everyday you can help to make a positive difference to someone’s life is a very powerful feeling. We know that our Trust runs on this desire to help and support people, and our Trust vision expresses this. Our vision – shared by all the staff – is to work with local communities to improve health and wellbeing for everyone.
If you wish to find out more about the Trust, our All About Us section is a good place to start.
We have over 2000 staff working in our Trust. These include:
- Admin and Clerical Staff
- Care Co-ordinator
- Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs)
- Drug Workers
- Family Therapists
- Health Care Support Workers
- Named Nurse
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Social Workers
- Support Time and Recovery Workers (STAR)
We are always eager to welcome people who share our values of celebrating diversity, learning from each other, and acting in an open and trustworthy manner. If you think you have the skills, motivation, and commitment to really contribute to the services we provide then look at our current vacancies by clicking here.
We encourage an environment where staff treat one another with dignity, respect, and fairness. Key to this is that staff feel they are being supported. We have a range of staff benefits that help make the working lives of our staff better. These range from flexible working hours and generous holiday entitlements, to a final salary pension scheme and a helpful staff support service. You can read up on our staff benefits in more detail here.
We also recognise that a good organisation involves staff in decisions about the direction of the organisation, and gets staff talking and swapping ideas with each other. We have set up a number of ways for staff to communicate with each other. We also promote staff involvement through such things as online surveys, working groups that have representatives from different areas of the Trust, and a monthly informal Staff Forum. As a Foundation Trust, our staff are also members of the Trust, which provides an opportunity for staff to influence the direction of the Trust. As members, staff elect fellow staff to sit on the Assembly of Governors. You can read more about the Assembly of Governors here.
Learning and Development
Giving staff opportunities to develop is a vital part of creating a motivated and skilled workforce. Our Learning and Development team help staff to develop new skills, maximise their potential, and progress in their careers. We also know that by investing in our employees' ongoing learning and development the people using our services will benefit from a continued improvement in the quality of care and support they receive. You can read more about learning and development in our Trust by clicking here.
Equality and Diversity in our Trust
The Black Country is made up of four diverse boroughs of many different people from many different cultures, communities, and backgrounds. It is very important to us that we have a workforce that is in touch with the local community. For instance, Sandwell has one of the highest BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) populations in the country, and our workforce, in this borough, reflects this ethnic diversity.
Equality, to us, means fair treatment and equal opportunities. We do not tolerate discrimination. We try to make sure that all our staff have equal opportunities for progression in their careers. We also try to make sure there are no unnecessary barriers in our recruitment process. For instance, we have a Guaranteed Interview Scheme in place for people with disabilities. During 2008/09 4% of applicants applied through this scheme, and a total of 3% were successfully appointed.
To read more about equality and diversity in our Trust, click here.