Looking after our staff
At the heart of our trust is the personal care that is provided by experienced staff to people in need.
We think that there has never been a better time to consider a career in the NHS with Warrington and Halton Hospitals. Our focus on quality and safety means that you can contribute to an improving trust that engages with its staff and involves them in improving services.
In return for you bringing your skills and commitment to the hospitals, we offer benefits including flexible working practices, good pay and conditions, membership of the NHS Pension Scheme and a range of training and development opportunities.
What our staff say about working for us
Each year the NHS Staff Survey (managed by the Picker Institute) asks staff for their views on working in the NHS. We are delighted that results from our team have improved year on year. According to the latest results announced in 2014, our staff rate us amongst the top 20% of hospitals in the NHS in many areas including:
- How we engage with our staff and overall motivation at work
- Feeling satisfied with the quality of work and patient care they are able to deliver
- Effective team working and support from managers
- Receiving job relevant training, learning or development
- Being able to contribute to improvements at work
- Providing equal opportunities for career progression.
The number of staff who would recommend our hospitals as a place to work or be treated has increased year on year to the NHS average score. Our aim is to improve that further each year.
We're in the Top 100 Best Places to Work in the NHS
We were delighted to have been named in the Health Service Journal's Top 100 Best Places to Work for 2014.
HSJ’s Best Places to Work is an independent assessment of the UK’s elite public sector healthcare employers and states that these organisations have proven that they know what it takes to create environments where people love to come to work.
Identifying and recognising the top 100 is a joint effort of HSJ and Best Companies Group - an independent workplace research firm specialising in identifying and recognising great places to work throughout the US, Canada and the UK.
How we work to support our staff
We value the contribution staff make and offer:
- Flexible working arrangements - including part time hours, 12 hour nursing shifts and fair rostering
- Health and wellbeing services - with excellent occupational health and counselling services if you need them - even subsidised pilates and a staff physio service
- Support for families - Including help in meeting childcare needs through childcare vouchers and an onsite nursery at Halton General Hospital
- Other benefits - a range of other employee benefit schemes are available to our staff including parking, cycle to work, employee car lease and other schemes that offer you tax savings through salary sacrifice.
Our pay and conditions
Amongst the pay and conditions that we provide are a minimum four weeks annual leave increasing with length of service and paid sick leave increasing with length of service.
All NHS employees at the trust are entitled to join the excellent NHS Pension Scheme which offers a proportion of final salary depending on length of service. You can find out more about the scheme at the NHS Pensions website.
Career development with the trust
All our employees have access to training and development opportunities and are encouraged to build personal development plans. We offer schemes to support access to education leading to professional qualifications to enhance your skills and build your career in the NHS.
We have an excellent education and training department in the trust and can also provide access to other training and development from outside sources.