Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a forward thinking, dynamic place to work. We employ more than 4,500 staff in a variety of clinical and non-clinical roles.
We want patients to leave us feeling that they have received the best care and have been treated with dignity and respect. This requires the right people. Experience is obviously paramount, but so is the right attitude. We want people who will thrive in a competitive environment and who are willing to go the extra mile to make patients feel that they are important, and colleagues feel that you are an integral part of the team.
If you are looking for the quiet life, you are not the person for us. If you are looking to make a positive contribution and would enjoy working in a challenging environment where dedication and teamwork brings its rewards, then we would like to hear from you. We'll give you the motivation by providing excellent career packages and benefits, combined with the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals. All we need from you is the necessary expertise, good people skills and the right attitude.
Our vision is to have excellent hospitals providing high quality, safe care for our community.
Care and compassion are at the heart of everything we do.
Our values are:
Quality and safety driven
Value for money
We aim to:
Deliver increasingly high quality, safe, compassionate, patient-centred services.
Work together with our patients to improve their experience and achieve the best outcome.
Deliver care by skilled and caring staff who feel valued by the Trust in a culture of openness.
Work with health and social care partners for the benefit of all patients.
Provide services that are sustainable and deliver value for money.
National NHS staff survey
In 2013 all Trust staff were invited to participate in the national NHS staff survey. The survey is a valuable tool for the Trust to understand staff thoughts and views about a range of issues including the care that we provide, the support that staff receive from managers, the working environment, and the way staff work together to ensure high quality care is provided to patients.
The survey results are used by the Trust as a whole, and at a divisional level, to make changes to the way we work.
The outcome of the staff survey is on the NHS staff surveys website at www.nhsstaffsurveys.com.
Areas for improvement are shared with staff, and are available via the staff intranet.
The latest national NHS staff survey was conducted in December 2014, and results are expected in spring 2015.
Commitment to equal opportunities and valuing diversity
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect, aiming to achieve a climate of equality.
There are a number of policies and procedures supporting this, these include:
Equality commitment policy
Bullying and harassment at work policy
Emergency leave policy
The Trust recognises the importance of supporting staff in balancing the responsibilities of work and home. We have policies in place which allow staff to consider working more flexibly depending in their individual circumstances. These include:
Term time working
Part time working
Training and development opportunities
The Trust provides a wide range of learning and development opportunities through training programmes run by our Staff Development Team. Many of the programmes on offer are validated either by the Institute of Leadership and Management or by the Open College Network. A number of NVQ and IT training programmes are also available.
Health and wellbeing
Our Occupational Health Department provides a wide range of health and wellbeing services including:
- Employment screening
- Comprehensive immunisation and screening programme
- On-going health reviews for staff with a long-term illness
- Programme of health and wellbeing activities for staff
The Trust is committed to promoting a friendly atmosphere with progressive policies and excellent benefits for our staff. We offer a wide range of benefits available to staff that can be tailored to meet individual needs.
The schemes have been set up to ensure that staff can obtain the largest benefit possible. In some cases this means the benefits are offered as a salary sacrifice scheme that is explained further in this section.
Salary sacrifice schemes:
- Car Parking
- Car Leasing
- Childcare Vouchers
- Technology Items (Mobile Phones/IT/TV)
- Accommodation (awaiting approval from HMRC)
- Professional subscriptions
- Work related training
Schemes operated by reduction of gross pay not affecting NHS Pension:
- Annual leave flexibility
Schemes operated by net pay deduction:
- Season Ticket loans
Schemes operated directly from the provider:
- Bus discounts
- Hotel/B&B/Chalet discount scheme
- Vodafone employee advantage
The following are available to staff:
Loans – An interest free season ticket loan scheme is available to assist permanent members of staff who wish to gain the advantages of purchasing annual season tickets for public transport. Information packs are also available from the Personnel Department.
Payroll Giving (Give As You Earn) - Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme which allows employees to give regularly, and on a tax-free basis, to charities and good causes of their choice. The donation is deducted from pay before tax is assessed. The scheme is administered by Charities Trust, one of the largest national Payroll Giving Agencies in the UK.
NHS Pension Scheme – The scheme offers a range of retirement benefits and staff have the option of joining the scheme.
Better Options is our flexible benefits scheme. Better Options operates under a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) approved arrangement known as Salary Sacrifice. Salary Sacrifice is when you give up part of your basic salary in exchange for non-cash benefits. In doing so, you give up salary that is subject to Income Tax and National Insurance to receive benefits, which are either exempt or, in many cases, treated more favourably for Income Tax and National Insurance purposes.
If you contribute to the NHS Pension Scheme, you will also save contributions. The outcome is that you increase the amount of your overall net remuneration.
The following are available as flexible benefits under Better Options:
Bikes for work: A tax-efficient way to have the use of a bicycle to travel to work.
Bus passes: Buy your annual bus pass the tax efficient way.
Car lease: Using NHS buying power and salary sacrifice savings you can have a fully maintained vehicle of your choice.(A separate booklet is available if you are interested in this option.)
Childcare vouchers: Choose childcare vouchers, the tax efficient way.
Free season ticket loan (not salary sacrifice)
Further details about the scheme will be available when you join the Trust.
The Trust provides an onsite OFSTED registered nursery for NHS staff with children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years. Seymour House Nursery has spaces for 34 children per day (excluding public holidays). Allocation is subject to availability.
We have a dedicated Nursery Manager to provide advice, assistance and support to staff and to new recruits. For further information, please contact Katie Mallett, Nursery Manager Seymour House Nursery on 01268 464422.
The Trust's Childcare Co-ordinator who can offer information on nurseries and other childcare options can be contacted on 01702 508055 ext 8055.
A Childcare Voucher Scheme is in place, so parents can benefit from Tax breaks.
Emotional and spiritual guidance
The Department of Spiritual and Pastoral Care provides support, care, a listening ear and, when appropriate, religious care and prayer for all who come into the hospital - staff, patients and relatives.
'The Sanctuary', our multi-faith prayer room is available 24 hours a day for quiet reflection, meditation and prayer.
Staff may contact the team on 01268 524900 ext 3503 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
The restaurant at Basildon Hospital offers a choice of hot and cold meals, snacks and beverages to both staff and the general public. We also have cafes on site that provide hot and cold snacks and a WVRS shop selling confectionary and toiletries.
Social and leisure activities
Information on discounted theatre and concert tickets is available from the Personnel Reception, and on the staff intranet.
Kingswood Leisure Club offers discounted membership for our employees. The club offers immediate access to a multi-gym, squash courts, tennis courts and a swimming pool. It offers various classes and clubs.
We offer affordable accommodation to our employees.
We have an arrangement with Moat Housing, a government appointed HomeBuy Agent to provide affordable accommodation. Key workers are also given priority. For further information please telephone 0845 359 6161 or http://www.homebuy.co.uk/
We have a limited number of single and family dwellings to offer to certain newly recruited staff members of staff on a short term basis. For availability and general enquiries please contact the Accommodation Office on 01268 524900 ext 4878.
For general discount information for all NHS staff, please visit the website www.healthservicediscounts.com
NHS Professionals provide the Trust with a temporary staffing service that gives you more choice and more control over your work. If you want a few hours with the flexibility of choosing when and where to work, you can do this through NHS Professionals. Temporary work in a range of roles, including Healthcare Assistant, Staff Nurse, Admin Assistant, Biomedical Scientist etc is available at the Trust.
If you are employed by Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust then you will automatically be registered with NHS Professionals. Please contact the NHS Professionals client relations team on the number below for more information.
If you are not employed by the Trust, please use the link below for details on how to join NHS Professionals http://www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk/flexible/Pages/default.aspx
Contact details for the NHS Professionals client relations team for the Trust are:
- NHSP Office, Level I, Tower Block, Basildon University Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex SS16 5NL
- Out of office hours please phone the NHS Professionals 24 hour service centre on 0845 450 4641