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.
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How to Contact Us
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Greets Green Road
West Bromwich B70 9PL
Telephone: 0121 612 8103 or 0121 612 8113 or 0121 612 8109
Operational hours: Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM
What we offer our staff
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 include:
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.
The excellent NHS Pension Scheme is an important and valuable staff benefit. There are two NHS Pension Schemes, the 1995/2008 and the 2015 Scheme.
If you would like to know more about these schemes, visit the NHS pensions website.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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, including an Organisational Development scheme called ‘Change Champions’.
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.
The aim of our Education Learning and Development service is to provide a high quality and responsive service to all staff, ensuring that staff have the right knowledge and skills to deliver high quality care and support to our service users.
The Learning and Development team’s annual plan lays out ways to make sure that all staff continue to have the necessary skills to do the right job at the right time with the right skills. The plan is developed with managers and staff, and is informed by the views of service users and carers. To help staff reach the goals laid out in the annual plan, all staff receive Appraisal Reviews each year.
Working for us, you will be able to undertake a training programme that can include such things as:
- a core induction
- mandatory and specialist mandatory training
- Essential skills training for your role
- Pre-registration for nursing, AHP, Psychology
- Clinical skills training and programmes supporting clinical staff to receive continuous professional development
- Apprenticeships – including business administration, health and social care and widening participation
- Care Certificate
- Career Pathways – including Trainee Nursing Associate, Assistant Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner
- accredited Leadership and Management programmes
- Partnership working with local colleges and higher education
- Regional links with Health Education programmes
Our career pathway work provides a framework work from entry level including volunteers, work experience, business administration, health care support workers, assistant and registered roles, leadership and management, through to advanced practitioner roles.
Other initiatives run by the Education Learning and Development service include:
- Blended learning including eLearning, facilitated sessions and face to face training
- regular monitoring and reporting of training compliance for quality and safety
- Partnership working with patient experience, involvement and engagement
- MERIT Training passport in conjunction with our local mental health trusts
- Award winning employer programmes and staff
- Highly skilled staff in training facilitation, teaching, coaching, mentoring and clinical skills
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.
Ways to work with us
Our Trust is committed to developing a talented and skilled workforce providing opportunities to develop both existing staff and local people, through apprenticeships. Recruitment of apprenticeships is a priority within our Career Pathways Framework which includes apprenticeships at all levels, leadership development and continuous professional development.
An apprenticeship provides you with the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop key skills, whilst receiving payment for employment. This includes gaining valuable work-based experience to support with future job applications/career opportunities and exposure to the NHS and the wide range of roles and career opportunities.
Example roles could be
- Healthcare support services in adult, older mental healthcare and learning disability services
- Business and administration
- Estates and facilities
- Patient experience
- Leadership and management
- Coaching and mentoring
- Project management
As an apprentice you will:
- have hands on experience of working for the NHS
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills and a recognised qualification
- get time for study related to your role
There are different levels of apprenticeships available:
||Equivalent educational level
||4, 5 ,6 and 7
||Foundation degree and above
||6 and 7
||Bachelor’s or master’s degree
Skills for Health
Institute for Apprenticeships