Why work for us?
We want the working life of our staff to be as successful and rewarding as possible.
We believe that each member of staff has a unique range of skills and experience which can benefit our service users and students. We recognise that people bring to work a range of different work and personal styles, and wide range of different values, beliefs and attitudes. We are committed to creating a culture in which differences are appreciated and nurtured, so that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
We greatly value all contributions to the delivery of our health services and training, and are committed to treating our staff with dignity, respect and consideration.
Our aim is to create an organisation that actively promotes equality of opportunity, and is free from discrimination and harassment. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the communities we serve, as we believe this will help to ensure that our services are appropriate, accessible and responsive to the needs of our users.
We employ a highly qualified workforce made up of motivated clinical, medical, support and academic staff. This is reflected in our consistently high NHS survey scores for staff satisfaction and low rates of staff turnover and sickness absence.
We offer various staff benefits and continually develop policies which assist staff in achieving a healthy work-life balance, to include:
- special leave and flexible working policies
- a full and varied staff training and development programme is offered annually: separate programmes also exist to provide continuous professional development programmes for staff
- a staff bursary scheme which staff can apply for, to undertake any external training of their choice
- a wide range of flexible working options for staff, to include: part-time working, flexible start and finish times, job shares, term-time working, home working and career breaks
- full access to our professional multi-disciplinary library
- access to confidential occupational health services
- a dedicated staff advice and consultation service which provides support to staff experiencing difficulties either with work or in their personal lives - support can include advice on debt management, employment, anxiety, depression, bereavement and relationship difficulties
Various other benefits are available to staff such as an interest-free season ticket loan scheme, a generous NHS pension scheme, an eye care voucher scheme, a child care voucher scheme, bike-to-work scheme and a subsidised gym membership. We also provide dedicated advice, support and information on all aspects of childcare vouchers, tax credits, carers leave, flexible retirement options, pensions advice and benefits, and maternity and paternity leave issues.
We are committed to providing an open dialogue with our staff and will continue to provide all staff with the opportunity to influence our work.
“Being able to access the Trust’s Bursary scheme was of great benefit to me as the financial assistance enabled me to retrain in the provision of alternative therapies. I have since become a registered EFT Practitioner which has further helped in my career development” Claudia Thomas, Clinician
“I work term-time only which is excellent as I am able to spend the holidays with my children. Without this provision it would be very difficult to manage working and bringing up a family. As well as this, flexible working means I can adjust my hours to fit in with my family, which was especially important when the children were really young as it meant that I didn’t miss any of their performances at school” Amanda Hawke, Human Resources
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