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Working for Us

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.

 

Our current vacancies

How to Contact Us

Recruitment Team
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Delta House
Greets Green Road
West Bromwich B70 9PL

Telephone: 0121 612 8103 or 0121 612 8113 or 0121 612 8109

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

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. 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

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.

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

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.

What are we up to?

Bite-sized updates and news on recruitment @ BCPFT

 

 


 

University of Nottingham Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy Careers Fair 2019

13th November 2019 at University of Nottingham

Visit https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/careers/ for more information


Mock interview sessions

26th November 2019 at Holyhead School, Birmingham


We are now in our third cohort of internships with the Meadow Sports college – This creates a pathway for Year 12 and 13 students (individuals with moderate Learning Disabilities) to undertake a 12 month internship for a maximum of 16 hours a week with the Trust. The internship includes a competency framework which would replace the interview stage in our recruitment process.


If you are a student nurse, who has recently graduated and awaiting your nursing pin, we are keen to talk to you as we launch our new initiative that provides you with the opportunity to start your nursing career in a permanent band 4 Transition Practitioner role after successful appointment to one of our band 5 Staff nurse posts whilst awaiting your pin.


We are a proud partner of the Inspiring the Future programme in conjunction with Education and Employers, this allows local schools to invite us to their career events. For further information and ways to get in touch please visit the Inspiring the Future website at   https://www.inspiringthefuture.org


If you are thinking about returning to nursing then you are in the right place.

In partnership with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust, both Trusts are encouraging mental health nurses to return to practice.

What can we offer you?

  • A free accredited course, delivered by the University of Wolverhampton
  • Paid placement hours - Flexible to your individual needs and requirements
  • A variety of placement/job opportunities, including; older adults, inpatients, community nursing and CAMHS
  • Locations across the whole of the Black Country
  • Opportunity to progress into a permanent nursing role and/or entry onto the nurse bank for more flexible opportunities
  • Dedicated support, mentorship and clinical supervision
  • Access to learning resources through our library services
  • NHS employee benefits – including 27 days annual leave (pro rata)
  • What do you need to do?

If you are interested in coming back to mental health nursing, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Trust will be attending as a guest speaker to the RCN Black History Month Event- Embracing the Talent to secure the future of Nursing on Wednesday 16th October at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, The Hawthorns. The Trust has been invited to talk about the roll out of the Cultural Ambassador Programme. For further information about our CA programme please visit the ‘Equality and Diversity in our Trust’ section.

Ways to work with us

We offer apprenticeships in a wide variety of roles throughout the health care sector from clinical to non-clinical roles in areas which can include Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Children Young People and Families.

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
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Patient experience
  • Leadership and management
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Project management
This list is not exhaustive – we can offer a variety of opportunities!

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:


 Name

Level

Equivalent educational level

 Intermediate

2

GCSE 

 Advanced

3

A level 

 Higher

4, 5 ,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above 

 Degree

6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree 

Want to know more?

To enquire about apprenticeship opportunities within our Trust, please email Laura Bustin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Amandeep Shergill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Useful links

Apprenticeship.gov.uk
Skills for Health
Institute for Apprenticeships 

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