Staff Benefits

When you join us, you’ll enjoy a wealth of benefits and rewards. They reflect how much we value you.

Here are some of the highlights of the benefits on offer:

  • Generous Annual Leave – As well as Bank Holidays, you’ll be entitled to a minimum of 27 annual leave days based on NHS terms and conditions.
  • NHS Pension – A Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) scheme, which includes a generous employer contribution.
  • Family Leave –Whether you need to take Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave, Shared Parental Leave or New Parent Support (Paternity) Leave, there are provisions for taking leave and receiving enhanced pay (above the statutory minimum) depending on your length of service and other eligibility conditions.
  • On-site Nursery – Sandwell Day Nursery is our own on-site day nursery based at Sandwell Hospital. Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, we offer childcare for children aged three months to five years and can care for up to 68 children a day.
  • Flexible Working – You can apply for flexible working opportunities regardless of your reason, length of service and job role. Requests will be considered and supported where possible, or alternative solutions explored to balance individual needs with those of the service and team. We welcome discussions about your flexible working needs and how we may be able to support you.

Health & Wellbeing

We have a comprehensive Health and Wellbeing offer, which includes:

  • An aware winning, in-house Occupational Health Service
  • Free staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Free staff Counselling Service
  • Free on-site Gyms at City and Sandwell Hospitals
  • Immunisations (including annual flu and COVID vaccination)
  • Health surveillance
  • Alcohol support
  • Smoking Cessation support
  • Domestic Abuse Support
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • Menopause support
  • Financial Wellbeing information and support
  • Free Will Writing Service
  • Free Well-being Hubs providing a space for a confidential chat, Meditation, Massage, Yoga etc.
  • Pastoral Support through our Staff Networks, Chaplaincy team, Freedom to Speak Up Guardians and Swartz Rounds.

SWB Benefits

Our very own SWB Benefits Portal provides our colleagues with access to salary sacrifice schemes (Cycle to Work, Lease Cars, Home Technology and Smartphones), as well as great discounts from a wide range of leading retailers. Our colleagues also benefit from discounts on hot food in our catering outlets.

Support with Travel

We offer discounts on bus travel, cycle parking and storage, electric car charge points, car sharing app and a shuttle bus between City and Sandwell Hospital.

Learning and Development opportunities

We want our colleagues to continuously learn, grow and thrive in their careers and our protected training budget supports you to achieve this. We support development from occupational competences, professional training and preceptorship to leadership development. Our Personal Development Review process supports you to identify individual training plans to help you achieve your career ambitions. We support employees to participate in a range of educational programmes from vocational qualifications via a range of apprenticeships to post graduate and master level degree courses. Our ARC Leadership Development Programme supports our leaders to deliver our culture and leadership ambitions set out within our People Plan and embed our values of Ambition, Respect and Compassion (ARC).

Recognition Schemes

We run a range of recognition schemes including our annual Star Awards, which recognises teams and colleagues who have delivered outstanding care and support, ARC (Ambition, Respect and Compassion) Star which recognises people that demonstrate our values, Shout Outs, Thank you postcards, Long Service Awards and Retirement Gifts, to name a few.