Benefits at work

A great NHS pension, generous annual leave, flexible work patterns and career breaks… just part of what’s on offer.

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Flexible working is a agreement that differs from what is often thought of as a “normal” working arrangement. It allows for more flexible working time to encourage and allow for a positive work-life balance. There are many different kinds of Flexible working that have been designed to suit the various teams and departments that ULHT have within the hospitals.


Holiday iconULHT offers generous leave for staff and is pro-rata with your working hours which increases with your NHS service years.

  • Up to 5 years service –  202.5 hours annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • 5 years to 9 years service – 217.5 hours annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • 10 years and aboce service – 247.5 hours annual leave, plus bank holidays

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The NHS Pension Scheme is still one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK. When you start working for the NHS you will automatically become a member (unless you opt-out through ) and you will get an excellent package of pension benefits, including life insurance and ill-health retirement benefits.  Your contribution is dependant on your full time equivalent salary with an employer contribution of 14.38%.  A Pre-retirement course is available.

Recgonition iconRecognising the fantastic work all our staff and volunteers do on a daily basis is incredibly important.  We know a thank you must be genuine and meaningful and this is discussed during our leadership programmes along with encouraging all our staff to recognise and thank each other.  Additional to this you have access to various tools which you can utilise to give a special thanks.

  • Examples of Excellence is a personalised, professional certificate of recognition which can be completed online and the recipeient will recieve the completed certificate in their emails.  Alternativly you can print a blank certificate and complete by hand.
  • Staff Awards provides an annual chance to recognise the hard work, dedication or fabulous care given by our staff members, volunteers and teams.  The events are fully funded by sponsorship and winners are prorvided with a beautiful glass trophy.
  • Daisy Awards are an international recognition program that honours and celebrates the skilful, compassionate care nurses and midwives provide every day.

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As you think about retirement, think about returning! You have lots of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to deliver safe patient care which would be missed.  The Retire and Return scheme is an initiative that looks at retiring staff and works on roles that they can come back to – the new role could be in the same ward/clinic or could be a completely different area.  This could support your health and wellbeing as you approach retirement but wish to continue working.