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Do you know the benefits NHS staff are entitled to?

Permanent jobs for nurses, paid holidays, flexible working hours and childcare support are some of the best-known benefits for NHS employees, but the chances are there are more advantages to being a part of the NHS than you realise. Check this out:

Whichever area you join, you become part of a talented, passionate team of professionals, committed to providing the best care and treatment to patients. You will also enjoy one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered by any employer in the UK.

Everyone who joins the NHS is guaranteed a competitive salary that matches their ability and responsibilities, plus pay enhancements on top of your basic salary for out-of-hours, shift and overtime working and given every opportunity to increase it through training and development.

On top of your basic salary, you will receive a generous holiday entitlement of at least 27 days' holiday each year, rising to 29 days after five years’ service and 33 days after 10 years’ service, plus eight general and public holidays, plus a range of other benefits including occupational health and counselling services.

The NHS recognises that many employees have caring responsibilities outside of work and that from time to time, emergency leave may be required. The Trusts also offer comprehensive maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes with benefits in excess of the statutory schemes.

A number of schemes are available to help staff combine work and home life. A large range of flexible working opportunities including part-time working, job sharing, compressed hours, unpaid employment breaks and flexi-time are available.

The NHS Pension Scheme is still one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK. The NHS is one of the very few employers that continues to offer a retirement package based on contributions for each year employed. You will be invited to join the 2015 pension scheme contributing a percentage from your monthly salary. This is fully protected against inflation and guaranteed by the government. Every new employee automatically becomes a member and you will get an excellent package of pension benefits. Find out more at

Because they value NHS employees, many companies offer special discounts on products and services. Offers include reductions on mobile phones and call packages with EE and Apple, 10% off Hoseasons holidays and £100 off Jet2holidays, along with savings on Sky broadband and beyond. For further information please visit

As a large NHS organisation, as well as the benefits you receive as a member of the whole NHS family the Trusts are also able to offer additional benefits, some of which are detailed below. All these benefits show how much the Trusts value you and your hard work with them.

  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme - Cars, Bicycles, Car Parking, Child Care Vouchers, Home Technology & Smart Phone
  • Staff Discounts - A number of companies offer discounts to NHS staff for everything from Breaks and Holidays to Retail opportunities.
  • Benefit Events – The Trusts hold events for staff where companies offering discounts attend and exhibit.
  • Interest Free Travel Loans/Discounted Travel Tickets – The Trusts may offer interest free loans for the purchase of annual travel tickets. They may also provide discounted weekly and monthly bus/train tickets.
  • Day Nursery – Most of the Trusts offer an on-site Day Nursery. Children are admitted from birth and can remain in the nursery until they go to school providing full and part-time places to children aged between six weeks old and school age. You can take advantage of paying your fees by salary sacrifice.
  • Staff Benefits Team - This dedicated team can give advice and information on childcare both within the Trusts and outside. They offer advice and help with going on and returning from maternity leave, working tax and child credits, childcare vouchers, how to find a childminder, navigating benefits and local and national government support.
  • Staff Support – This self-referral service is open to all staff and offers individual counselling and therapy for personal and work related issues.
  • Long Service Awards – All staff are eligible following 20, 30 and 40 years of service.
  • Staff Networks – The Trusts have an Equality and Diversity Policy and recognise that real support is needed if all staff are to reach their full potential. They therefore have three staff networks: Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network / Disabled Staff Network / Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network.
  • Health & Wellbeing - Their multidisciplinary team deliver a range of services including Fitness for Work advice and support; rapid access physiotherapy; Emotional Resilience and Wellbeing training; Immunisation and Vaccination Programmes.
  • Full and part-time training and career development - You will have your own personal development plan and your progress will be reviewed annually so you can provide the best care to the patients.

What’s more, you’ll be working within a centre of excellence for many healthcare services and clinical research, enjoying all the cachet that this status brings plus all the opportunities for development and progression arising from the size of the Trust.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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