We offer a range of work perks including:
Cycle to Work Scheme
Money and Finance
Discounts & Benefits
Flexible Working Opportunities
Retirement and Pensions
Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust can offer a generous relocation package of up to £8,000 to support your move to beautiful Derbyshire. Details of how you can take advantage of this offer are available through the People Resources team on application. Please indicate your interest in this offer during the application process.
The salary sacrifice scheme enables you to lease a car through Derbyshire Healthcare and pay for the lease rentals through your monthly salary. The Trust's car lease scheme is provided by GMP Drivercare.
The lease deduction is made from your salary pre-tax which makes your car acquisition plan much more attractive than buying the vehicle outright or applying for a bank loan.
To find out more, please visit: www.gmpdrivercare.co.uk
Cycle to Work Scheme
Save money, get fit and reduce your carbon footprint with Derbyshire Healthcare’s ‘Bikes for Staff’ scheme!
Derbyshire Healthcare employees have the opportunity to take advantage of the government’s tax-free ‘Cycle to Work’ initiative.
The scheme allows members of staff to make savings of up to 35% on a bicycle along with safety and security accessories of their choice, to a maximum value of £1,000, which will be paid for through easy monthly payroll reductions.
The monthly payments are spread out over the year and the savings are made through paying reduced income tax, National Insurance and *NHS pension contributions.
"I applied and bought a bike through the scheme as it represented good value and enabled me to ride to work and also use it at work, attending local meetings and visiting service receivers within the Derby area."
How do I view the bike offers and place an order?
To take advantage of this great saving, and to view FAQs and other information about the scheme, visit the Connected Benefits website, enter ‘Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’ and click on Bikes for Staff. This will take you to the online bike offers where you create your order.
You can visit a bike shop of your choice to obtain a quote which will be needed as part of your order, or you can view the exciting online bike offers. Once your order has been created you will receive, by email, your order forms to check, sign and return to Connected Benefits; that will complete your order.
*The new NHS Pension changes which come into force as of April 2015 Salary Sacrifice - implications for 2016 Pension Scheme members - In a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) scheme, like the 2016 NHS Pension Scheme, pension benefits are built up on a year by year basis based on your actual pensionable earnings in each year. Therefore entering into any salary sacrifice arrangement (e.g. Childcare Vouchers, Lease Car Schemes etc) that reduces your gross pensionable earnings will have a negative effect on the amount of pension you are able to build up in that year. The overall effect from participating in any salary sacrifice scheme would be to reduce the amount of final benefits you earn.
Money & Finance
Balancing finances and juggling debt can be a significant worry and cause of stress, potentially affecting sleep, general wellbeing and even performance at work.
The Trust's employee assistance programme, run by Confidential Care, offers debt and financial management support. Confidential Care are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Money Saving Expert provides a free Mental Health & Debt guide - a 44-page booklet supported by Mind, Rethink, CAPUK and others, for people with mental health problems and those caring for them.
It includes advice on how to manage debts when unwell, how to work with banks, how to obtain free debt counselling, specific tips for bipolar disorder or depression sufferers, whether to declare a condition and more.
Whilst the guide is aimed at people experiencing mental health problems, it may also be useful for anyone experiencing financial difficulties or in helping others to manage their finances.
Discounts & Benefits
Listed below are a number of links to the latest discounts and benefits offered to all Derbyshire Healthcare employees (and, in some cases, to friends and relatives):
A salary sacrifice arrangement is a locally offered agreement between an employer and an employee where the employee gives up some of their contractual entitlement to cash earnings in return for non-cash benefits.
Click on the links below to find out more about the schemes currently available to all Derbyshire Healthcare employees:
Please note, the rules on what schemes the NHS can offer their employees are changing. Find out more on the NHS Employers website.
Connected Benefits is one of the UK’s leading providers of innovative employee benefits schemes. Customers include both public sector and private sector organisations with more than 200 NHS trusts benefiting from their services.
Blue Light Card - www.bluelightcard.co.uk
The Blue Light Card was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing discounts to the Emergency Services and NHS both on the High Street and Online. The Blue Light Card aims to provide high street discounts on a national basis and provide all members of all services with an equal chance to save no matter what job role or service that they work for. Sign up today!
Costa Coffee - 10% discount with your ID badge (not eligible at all stores, please check).
East Midlands Designer Outlet (Mcarthur Glen)
As an NHS member of staff you can pick up a Privilege Card from the Customer Service Desk which entitles you to an extra 10% discount at a range of designer brands. Staff will need to present their NHS ID card.
Staff that use display screen equipment for extended periods of time, for most days that they work, have the right to request an eyesight test at an optician of their choice. Paid time off work to attend such eyesight tests will be provided or arrangements made for tests to be carried out in the workplace. A receipt should be obtained and signed by the manager of the employee to get back the cost of this eyesight test. For more information, please read the Trust's Display Screen Equipment Policy and Procedures document.
National Health Service discount scheme - www.healthservicediscounts.com
Health Service Discounts is one of the UK's leading providers of NHS discounts providing staff discounts, offers and deals to all NHS employees, former staff and Foundation Trust members.
Red Guava - www.redguava.co.uk
The site contains a range of discounts including days out such as Alton Towers, Legoland, fashion and insurance etc. To access the Red Guava website enter the username as 'derbymhs' and the password 'rewards'.
PS Discounts - www.psdiscounts.com/nhsstaff
Register for PS Discounts and save on your supermaket spending
This is an exclusive benefit available to NHS employees
To register at PS Discounts, click on “Join free now” and you can save on your supermarket spending in the following ways:
- Earn cashback when you shop online at Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons and Iceland by clicking through the links to online retailers
- Use a PS Discounts Black Prepaid MasterCard to save up to 5% cashback when shopping in-store and online at Asda, Sainsbury's and Waitrose.
- Get up to 15% discount on retail vouchers and gift cards, includes Sainsbury's, Morrisons, M&S and more at PSdiscounts.com/nhsstaff/retail-offers
If you need any help or support with any of our offers, our team are always here to help: PSdiscounts.com/nhsstaff/help
Topps Tiles - 10% discount to NHS staff (just need to show your ID before they do the bill / invoice).
Vodafone Advantage scheme
Vodafone Advantage is offering up to 30% off Pay monthly bundles for you, plus five family members and friends. Click here for more information.
West End Theatre - www.westendtheatre.com/club/derbys
London Theatre tickets for all West End shows plus theatre news, reviews, offers, cheap tickets and discounts to musicals and plays from WestEndTheatre.com.
Westfield Health - www.westfieldhealth.com/advantage-portal
We’ve teamed up with Westfield Health to offer all staff a health cash plan at a rate which is 17% cheaper than if you were to buy the equivalent plan direct from Westfield Health. Level 4, their most popular level of cover, is just 71p per day.
Company Shop - www.companyshop.co.uk
Company Shop eligibility;
To qualify for Company Shop Limited membership, applicants must:
- Be over 18 years of age.
- Either be employed by, or are retirees of our partners, OR
- Work in the emergency services* – including the Fire Brigade, Police and those employed directly by the NHS.
Flexible Working Opportunities
The following flexible working opportunities are available to all Derbyshire Healthcare employees.
Voluntary part-time working is available to all staff regardless of their role, area of work or length of service with the NHS and gives you the opportunity to volunteer to reduce your weekly hours of work. Part-time working hours are weekly hours of work that are anything below 37.5 hours a week.
When considering voluntary part-time working you will need to think about how a reduction in your weekly hours of work would affect your pay, leave entitlement and pension. Please use the 'Voluntary Part-time Working Calculator' to help you calculate the difference in your leave entitlement.
How to apply
To apply for voluntary part-time working please complete the Flexible Working Opportunities application form.
Your application for voluntary part-time working must be supported by your manager so it is important you discuss this with them beforehand. When considering whether your application can be supported, your manager will need to consider the interests of patients and the needs of the service. Therefore you will together need to think flexibly about how part-time hours could be accommodated within your role.
Please note that in addition to applying for voluntary part-time working you are also able to apply to buy extra days’ leave as detailed above should you wish.
Derbyshire Healthcare recognises the need for staff to balance paid work with other commitments and responsibilities and is able to offer employees who have a minimum of 12 months’ continuous service with the NHS the opportunity to access a career break.
A career break enables you to take an unpaid break from your employment with the Trust for a variety of reasons in order to fulfill other responsibilities, commitments and ambitions, for example for carer’s responsibilities, training, study or time off to travel.
The minimum length of a career break is three months and the maximum length is five years. Breaks will normally be taken in a single period during any one year, however you may seek to agree more than one period. You should ideally give three months’ notice before the start of the break.
A career break cannot normally be allowed to take up paid employment with another employer except where, for example, work overseas or charitable work could broaden experience. Career breaks for these reasons will be considered on an individual basis and on their merits.
How does a career break work?
You can choose to either take an unpaid period for the duration of the career break or spread the cost over a number of months, providing this is within the financial year of 1 April to 31 March. This way you will continue to receive a regular income on a monthly basis. If you choose to spread the cost over a number of months and do not return to work for the Trust at the end of the break you will be required to pay the outstanding balance to the Trust on your last day of employment.
You will continue to be an employee of the Trust during the length of the career break. However, for the purpose of calculating entitlements to sickness, maternity, paternity, adoption, annual leave, contractual redundancy pay and increment dates, periods of service before and after the break will be treated as continuous.
The period of the break will not count as reckonable service for pension purposes. Further advice can be sought from the local Pensions Department on how this may affect your NHS pension.
How to apply
To apply for a career break please complete the Flexible Working Opportunities application form.
Your application for a career break must be supported by your manager so it is important you discuss this with them beforehand. When considering whether your application can be supported, your manager will need to consider the interests of patients and the needs of the service. Therefore you will together need to think flexibly about how your career break could be accommodated.
In accordance with the Flexible Working Opportunities scheme, once your application has been completed by you and your line manager, your line manager will send this to the service line manager for approval who will then pass this to the general manager/head of service for final approval.
After this process, the application will then be submitted to the People Services department.
Do you move enough on an average work day, or are you desk-bound and need to fit in some exercise somehow?
Would you like to get more active and healthier to help combat the day-to-day pressures that life and work throw at you?
Would you like some ideas of what affordable or free exercise classes and other healthy activities are available close to home or work?
Do you want any tips on diet, exercise or health in general, including mental health and how you might look after your own emotional wellbeing?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, then hopefully, you may find something useful here:
Live Life Better Derbyshire
If you want help and support to stop smoking, lose weight, become more active, or improve your diet or overall wellbeing, Live Life Better Derbyshire can help you to make the changes needed to improve the way you feel now and in the future.
Their friendly staff are fully trained and know how difficult it can be to make changes to the habits of a lifetime. Many of them will have made these changes themselves. Best of all the help is provided free. Visit: www.livelifebetterderbyshire.org.uk
Livewell is a healthy lifestyle service for people registered to a doctor in Derby. It offers free 12-month programmes to help adults and children improve their health and wellbeing.
As well as weight management, Livewell incorporates a variety of different programmes including stop smoking, child weight management and increasing physical activity. Visit: www.livewellderby.co.uk
Keep on moving!
Do you wish you could build more exercise into your day? Do you spend hours sitting at a desk, on a computer, in a car?
Below are some tips to reduce sitting time and some simple exercises you could build into your day, in your car or office. Get your colleagues involved to see who can build the most steps into their day.
- Stand on the train or bus
- Take the stairs and walk up escalators
- Set a reminder to get up every 30 minutes
- Place a laptop on a box or similar to work standing
- Stand or walk around while on the phone
- Take a walk break every time you take a coffee or tea break
- Walk to a co-worker's desk instead of emailing or calling
Nutrition and Healthy Eating
We all have busy lives; a hectic work and home life can put pressure on our time. But do we always make the right choice when it comes to food?
As NHS staff we’ve become good at spotting when patients’ health might benefit from a better diet but how about our own? We owe it to ourselves to give our own health some priority too.
Making sure that you are eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day makes a big difference to your health. Eating more fruit and vegetables doesn’t have to be expensive; tinned, frozen and dried are just as good and it’s also cheaper to eat foods that are in season.
Eating healthily is also about eating the right amount of food for your energy needs.
Most of our salt intake comes from processed foods – so try to reduce these. You can reduce fat in your diet in a number of ways, including cutting off visible fat from meat, spreading fats more thinly and cutting down on fatty and sugary snacks.
Cutting out the junk food and making sure your diet is balanced means you will be avoiding unnecessary health risks and you will feel better too. If you’ve made positive changes to your diet and felt the benefits don’t be afraid of sharing these with patients.
As a Trust that specialises in the caring for and treatment of people with mental health problems, it is obviously important that whilst putting our energies into caring for others, we are still mindful not to neglect our own mental health.
It goes without saying that life can be stressful for all of us at times. The workplace is no exception and no one is immune from experiencing mental health problems, even mental health professionals with all their knowledge and experience. The demands of caring for others, however rewarding, can at times place us under considerable stress. Below are some links on the subject of mental health and what you can do to help yourself, as well as others:
Do you know your units? The NHS recommends:
- Men should not regularly* drink more than 3 - 4 units of alcohol a day
- Women should not regularly* drink more than 2 - 3 units a day
- If you've had a heavy drinking session, avoid alcohol for 48 hours.
If you're drinking at around these levels, your risk of developing a serious illness is higher than it is for non-drinkers.
* 'Regularly' means drinking this amount every day or most days of the week
Derbyshire Healthcare has extended its smoke-free commitments by becoming a smoke-free Trust, resulting in cleaner and healthier environments for everyone involved with the Trust.
This means that all staff, service receivers and visitors are not allowed to smoke anywhere on our sites - including wards, grounds, vehicles and during home visits.
Smoking cessation support for staff
The Trust offers 1-to-1 support for staff who wish to stop smoking. Please contact the Smoking Cessation Trainer or Physical Health and Wellbeing Lead for further details.
Live Life Better Derbyshire offers help with stopping smoking for Derbyshire residents.
All Derbyshire Healthcare employees, Trust volunteers, and students on clinical placements within the Trust will have access to the Library and Knowledge Service based at Kingsway Hospital in Derby.
- Book loans - Registered users may borrow up to 10 books at any one time for a period of four weeks. Books may be renewed up to a maximum limit of five times, but are subject to recall if required by another borrower.
- Library catalogue - To find out what books and e-books are available, renew your books and request or reserve books, please visit the library catalogue
- Book and journal requests - If you cannot find the book or journal article you're looking for in the library catalogue, the Library and Knowledge Service can usually obtain them for you through other routes.
- Literature searching – The Library and Knowledge Service provides a literature search service to assist with searching for book or journal article.
- Electronic resources and OpenAthens - A wide range of information including journals, databases and alerting services, is available electronically via NICE Evidence Services. This includes nationally and locally purchased resources.
Where can you find us?
The Library and Knowledge Service is based at the Ashbourne Centre, Kingsway Hospital in Derby. There is a small collection of books and journals at the Hartington Unit in Chesterfield too.
The Library and Knowledge Service will deliver a remote service using electronic resources and the postal system for all Derbyshire Healthcare staff.
Staffed opening times:
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Out of hours access is available with a swipe card from 6.15am to 7.30pm, 7 days a week. If you need your swipe card enabling for the library door contact the General Office, Kingsway House at Kingsway Hospital.
Telephone: 01332 623700 ext 33446 or 33449
The Occupational Health (OH) Service aims to deliver a high quality services that meet the needs and expectations of all Derbyshire Healthcare employees. The service is provided by a team of OH doctors, specialist nurses and OH nurses, led by a Consultant in Occupational Medicine in conjunction with a Lead Nurse and supported by admin and clerical staff.
Employees who are in need of help and advice may self-refer to an OH nurse. This is best arranged by phoning for an appointment (contact details below). All such self-referral consultations remain completely confidential, and no information will be relayed to management unless the employee requests this.
The OH team provides a wide range of services which are designed to protect, maintain and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of employees at work. Please click on the tabs at the below for more information:
Immunisations & Vaccinations
The list of immunisations and vaccinations our Occupational Health service provide are as follows:
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A and B
When you commence work for the Trust, most staff have a ‘new-starter appointment’, where you are given any immunisation updates that you may need. This should be within four weeks of your starting date.
Health screening includes the pre-employment process, where a person is cleared to work for the Trust through a new-starter appointment. This is usually within four weeks of starting at the Trust.
Unless prior immunity can be proven, employees are tested for immunity to MMR and chickenpox. If you were born overseas or have lived abroad for longer than six months, then more extensive testing will be carried out, with a Mantoux test and a chest x-ray to screen for TB. Occupational Health nurses can also carry out a skin assessment.
For administrative staff who regularly use a computer, there’s also a display screen equipment (DSE) eye test.
It is vital to attend a health screening appointment to ensure your health, safety and wellbeing whilst at work. Managers are responsible for ensuring that staff can be released to attend their appointment.
Management Referral and Self Referral
All members of staff are expected to be committed to providing an efficient and effective service to patients of the Trust. The commitment to attend work is integral to this aim.
In return, managers will provide any reasonable support, advice and guidance to enable staff to do this and will be supportive if staff are unable to attend work due to illness.
The Trust supports managers and employees by providing relevant medical information to reduce the likelihood of absence, and help facilitate return to work. This support can be accessed by completing the Management Referral Form. Additionally, employees can self-refer to Occupational Health by telephoning 01332 254747.
Managers can also seek advice on the following:
- How to complete a referral form
- Appropriate questions to ask
- Once you have received a report, if clarity is required you can call to discuss this with the Occupational Health specialist.
Call 01332 254747
There are times in most of our lives when we experience distressing events and feelings. Members of our family and/or friends may be supportive, but sometimes we feel the need to talk to someone who is not personally involved.
All counselling support is now available through Confidential Care the Trusts Employee Assistance Programme call 0800 085 1376. Support is also available for family member who live in the same household and are over 16 years of age.
Is counselling for me?
Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. It aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
Counselling can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won't usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.
What you discuss in counselling will be treated with respect and one of the counsellor’s main concerns is to offer you a safe space where you can discuss personal things ‘in confidence’.
There are a few circumstances where more information needs to be shared, for example where there are serious concerns about the safety of yourself or others. Any concerns you might have about confidentiality should be discussed in your initial appointment with the counsellor.
Counselling is an ‘enabling’ process and can be an effective way of facilitating change.
It’s a safe place where you can:
- Have the opportunity to explore a current difficulty
- Look at ways of managing personal or work-related stress or trauma
- Share your feelings after perhaps experiencing a personal loss or a bereavement
- Explore relationship issues
- Look at ways of coping with your anxieties
- Build confidence to be able to take responsibility for any decisions and choices you make.
Did you know you can have a free and confidential health check with the Occupational Health department at any time?
This thirty-minute assessment includes information and advice on:
- Height, weight, body mass index (BMI)
- Waist measurement
- Blood pressure
- Urine analysis
- Advice/support on individual health
- Health education material specific to your results.
Contact Occupational Health on 01332 254747 to arrange an appointment between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).
Retirement & Pensions
NHS pension scheme
The NHS pension scheme is one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK. Every new employee of Derbyshire Healthcare automatically becomes a member and you will get an excellent package of pension benefits, fully protected against inflation and guaranteed by the Government.
Pension scheme benefits
All Derbyshire Healthcare employees are eligible to be part of the NHS pension scheme. The Trust contributes 14% of an employee’s pensionable pay and, from day one in the scheme, you have life cover of a minimum of two years gross salary. You will automatically become a member on joining the Trust, unless you inform us otherwise.
If you would like further information or advice on the NHS pension scheme, transfers from other pensions schemes, as well as forms to nominate recipients of life assurance payment [DB2] or a partner pension nomination form [PN1], please contact the Pensions Department on 01332 258100.
The Trust has access to a local NHS Pensions Advisory Service. This service is based at London Road Community Hospital in Derby.
For more information on the NHS pension scheme, please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pensions
Preparing for retirement
There are two training courses available to help Derbyshire Healthcare employees prepare for retirement. They are called 'Mid-Career Pensions' and 'Preparation for Retirement'. For more information and to register, please visit the Trusts training directory via Connect.
The NHS Retirement Fellowship is the social, leisure, educational and welfare organisation for current and retired NHS and social care staff and their partners. It provides an opportunity for retirees to meet and spend time with other like-minded people, to enjoy existing friendships, make new friends and enjoy themselves together. Find details about your local branch at www.nhsrf.org.uk or call 0800 915 1455.