What we can offer you

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What we can offer you

We’re building a Trust that reflects the communities we serve. We’re strongly committed to equality and diversity, both in our organisation and in the services we provide. And we want everyone here to be proud of and valued by our community. So, we’ll support you, your health and wellbeing in every way we can, every day.

With our support, the support of your colleagues and by supporting them in return, you can develop and achieve your full potential. That support and respect includes offering you the option to work flexibly, enabling you to better achieve a genuine balance between your work life and your personal life.

Reward and benefits

Our people are key to our success, ensuring we deliver quality care and continue to innovate so we can be even better. So, while you’re looking after the people of Somerset, we’ll look after you with an attractive, competitive salary and benefits package. That includes:

Annual leave Additional annual leave NHS pension scheme Family friendly benefits Flexible working Relocation package
27 days’ of holiday 29 days’ after five years’ service. 33 days’ after ten years’ service Excellent package of pension benefits Including excellent maternity package, special leave considerations Flexible working practices and career breaks Up to £8,000 subject to terms and conditions
Payment of registration fees On site, free car parking Reduced parking permit rates National and local NHS discounts Long service awards Annual staff recognition awards
For the first year for newly qualified staff In most of our hospitals/units For staff parking on the Musgrove Park Hospital site Offers with a wide range of providers

Learning and development

Working at the heart of people services, our Learning Team were among the first to merge and create exceptional opportunities to share experience and learning across disciplines. The team comes from a wide breadth of professional backgrounds and offer a wide range of mandatory and development courses for all our colleagues.

All our learning opportunities are free to all employees and many can be used towards revalidation for those with a professional qualification. We offer a diverse range of courses from essential training such as health and safety, infection control and the management of violence, through to courses aimed at your personal development, helping you to be the best you can be, including management training and professional coaching.

The Learning Team can also help colleagues develop specific courses, offering practical guidance on the running of a course and the presentation itself. As well as offering support in getting a session approved for wider Trust delivery. And, of course, we’re also committed to our own learning, keeping our skills and knowledge up to date across our Technology Enhanced Team, Resuscitation and Clinical Skills teams.

Colleague wellbeing and support services

We value the health and happiness of all our people. We have in place a dedicated colleague Wellbeing team who are focused on supporting wellbeing and improving working lives. It’s our view that work can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, with motivated employees having a positive impact on patient care. We do everything we can to help you to not only be healthy and happy at work, but to grow, develop and thrive, and to deliver gold standard care that we can all be proud of.

Our annual wellbeing conference is an opportunity for colleagues to share outstanding initiatives and network to share best practice. Plus, we also dedicate the month of June each year to promoting wellbeing with workshops on stress, sleep, mindfulness and resilience. There are also free massages, yoga, spinning and Pilates taster sessions.

Wellbeing steering group

Our Wellbeing Steering Group meets regularly to plan and promote initiatives that look after wellbeing, including things like protecting breaks and ensuring colleagues take them, encouraging and improving access to physical activity, Doctor Wellbeing and training 140 Wellbeing Champions.

Employee assistance programme

All our colleagues can call a 24hr helpline and take advantage of 6 free counselling sessions. This can help with everything from health and wellbeing to money worries, through to home or family concerns.

Occupational health service

This is provided by Optima Health and supports colleagues in a number of ways, including with robust policies and procedures in place to support our workforce.

Mental health support

Our dedicated Mental Health Practitioners offer rapid access for assessment and access to treatment.