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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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What's in it for you

Our workforce is our best asset and we strongly believe we can only provide good quality healthcare if we recruit and retain the best staff.

Attracting people to want to work for us is therefore hugely important – as is investing in and supporting our employees to ensure they want to continue to be part of our team.

On appointment, we offer you a comprehensive two or three day induction programme to ease you into the Trust and ensure you join your workplace ready to start in post.

Benefits of working with us, include:

Annual leave

Annual leave is linked to your length of service in the NHS. Full-time employees are entitled to 27 days leave a year, which increases to:

  • 29 days a year after 5 years, and
  • 33 days a year after 10 years’ service.

Flexible working

We offer a range of flexible working options to help you manage your work-life balance.

Exclusive staff offers

  • All NHS employees can sign up to exclusive offers and discounts, such as the popular Health Service Discounts (previously known as NHS Discounts). We also offer access to Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund which has a range of insurance products and our staff can get discounts at Hilton hotels and selected gym/leisure facilities such as the Centre club and Birmingham City Council.
  • Employee benefit scheme. The Trust's brand new scheme allows all eligible staff to exchange a proportion of their gross salary in return for a benefit such as laptops, iPads, mobile phones, cars and bicycles. The benefit is usually non-taxable, except cars which incur Benefit in Kind tax, so employees enjoy considerable savings as income tax, national insurance and pension contributions are reduced based upon the value of the benefit.
  • 4000 Club. Join our staff only lottery for as little as £1 a month, and be in with a chance of winning 25% of the ticket sales (currently £250) while supporting our charity Caring Minds

A first class pension scheme

However far off that pension seems, proper pension arrangements will help you protect your financial future.

With the NHS pension scheme, you will get:

  • A pension and a tax-free lump sum when you retire
  • Life assurance cover of twice your annual pay
  • Ill health retirement benefits
  • Redundancy benefits
  • Family benefits

All pension benefits are based on salary and length of membership of the scheme.

An NHS pension is worth around 20% of pay overall but only costs you around 3.5% of your salary, making it great value for money. As your employer, we pay the extra required to meet the total cost of the benefits.

Find out more about NHS pensions by clicking here.

Childcare assistance

Having children and working at the same time is a big job. Many of our staff are parents and if you work for us, you will be able to take advantage of:

  • Tax-free childcare vouchers (saves 8.4% - 10% on childcare costs)
  • Maternity / paternity leave and support

Travelling to work

We support the Government’s Cycle to Work scheme which allows you to buy a bike of your choice, paying via monthly deductions from your salary. You will save up to 47% on the cost and you don’t pay income tax, national insurance or NHS pension contributions on the value of the cycle.

In partnership with National Express West Midlands, we offer employees discount on bus travel across the area. The cost of this can be deducted direct from your salary, if you wish.

Your health and wellbeing

Your health is as important as that of our patients, and we have a great range of services to help you stay in top form, including:

Staff engagement is key!

National evidence shows staff engagement benefits patient outcomes – and our Trust continually looks for ways to engage with our 4,000+ staff across 50 sites, including:

  • weekly updates for all staff from our chief executive on key developments and events
  • The Source, a real time information resource on our intranet, Connect, enabling staff to post news items and to comment
  • Learning Lessons e-bulletin to share good clinical practice and learning
  • regular staff engagement forums for each service area
  • sessions for staff to meet directors and governors
  • staff input into the development of key strategies
  • fundraising activities ranging from a Ben Nevis challenge to a table football tournament in aid of our charity Caring Minds
  • Union involvement - representatives receive finance and business development information on the Trust’s position and voice opinions on operational issues at regular meetings
  • Trust Talk, our magazine for members (who include service users, carers, general public and our staff), features news and items from across the Trust
  • Dear John - stand-alone website for staff to raise quality concerns direct with our chief executive, John Short. He reads and personally responds to every concern
  • Evaluation initiatives including pulse check and the NHS staff survey. Our survey results show us in the top 20 mental health trusts for overall staff engagement, while the link between engaged staff and a quality service is demonstrated by our being in the top five mental health trusts for staff feeling satisfied with the quality of patient care they are able to deliver.

Celebrating your contribution

Our annual Quality and Excellence Awards recognise the amazing contribution of our staff.  We present awards in categories including Research and Innovation, Living the Values and Service User and Carer Choice. New staff  have a chance of recognition too in their own Rising Star category.

Designed in-house, our Nursing Badge Scheme has been endorsed by NHS England and NHS Employers. An evidence-based initiative, the scheme is open to our fully-qualified nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs) and reflects the national 6Cs nursing values. Badge holders are automatically enrolled as NHS Care Makers.

Special Thanks and Recognition (STAR) scheme for staff to recognise a colleague’s contribution with a personalised e-card. The team with the most STAR cards each month is invited to have tea with the chair and talk to her about their work and any concerns.

The annual Board Challenge aims to encourage and promote innovative good practice with teams competing for funding to further their project in categories including Engaging with Service Users and Carers, Improving Service Quality and Bright Idea. 

Our annual Long Service Awards give thanks and recognition to staff who have clocked up 25 and 40 years working in the NHS.