Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has a set of core values that shape the way we care for patients and staff.
In our ‘Grow with us’ section you will find information about learning, training and developing at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust whatever your profession or level.
Below you will find information about our promise as an employer and the benefits available to staff working at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.
Support for families and carers
For parents or carers, working as part of a team that delivers care 24 hours a day, juggling family and work responsibilities can be a real challenge. Parents working in the NHS need practical solutions to enable them to strike a better work/life balance and improve their working lives. The Trust’s Childcare Co-ordination team can help find childcare and acts as an advocate, advisor and source of information for NHS staff from Tax Credits through to flexible working, maternity/adoption and paternity rights. The Childcare Co-ordination team has set up and facilitates various initiatives including:
- Childcare Vouchers
- Advice and support
- Support in securing Childcare options
- A co-ordinated approach to managing Paternity/Adoption and Maternity leave and addressing the needs of pregnant staff.
You can phone the Childcare Co-ordination lead Linda Carpenter on 01872 25 2476 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org More detailed information for staff already working within the NHS in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is available on the staff intranet.
The Occupational Health service promotes the health of all staff and advises on health in the workplace on a confidential basis. This includes comprehensive health promotion programmes, for example assistance to stop smoking, immunisation programmes, and a confidential counselling service for employees. With three main offices and a number of satellite clinics the Occupational Health service aims to create a friendly, supportive environment for the benefit of all employees.
You can contact the Occupational Health team by telephoning 01872 252770.
Improving Working Lives staff benefits
Funded from the Improving Working Lives (IWL) Cornwall NHS Staff Lottery, the IWL Staff Benefits Group aim to support health and wellbeing in the workplace, help create a healthy work life balance and offer a range of staff benefits. The IWL staff group is run by staff for staff and open to all employees.
The Trust is committed to promoting a healthy work life balance to enable employees to combine work with non-work and domestic responsibilities through a number of flexible working and leave policies. The Trust is committed to ensuring that all employees have equal access to flexible working and leave policies. Options include, job sharing, part time working, term time working, compressed working and annualised hours.
NHS pension scheme
Membership of the NHS Pension Scheme is available to all health service employees, with the exception of those in receipt of their NHS Pension. (Reemployed NHS Pensioners may join the Trust’s alternative pension scheme, NEST the National Employer Savings Trust).
There are now 2 sections of the NHS Pension Scheme running, the 1995 Section and 2008 Section – membership of which is determined by when you commenced your NHS employment.
The rate of contribution is based on the amount of your wholetime equivalent rate of pay and varies between 5 and 13.3%. Your employer currently contributes 14%.
The scheme offers you:
- A retirement pension based on your years of scheme membership
- Tax free lump sum on retirement – not automatic in the 2008 section
- Life insurance of 2 years pay from your first day of Scheme membership
- Early Benefits after only 2 years membership (subject to NHS Pensions Agency approval) if you have to leave work due to permanent ill health before your normal retirement age (60 in the 1995 Section, 65 in the 2008 Section).
The facility to make Additional Voluntary Contributions through the Prudential or Standard Life is also available. You can also make payments towards the purchase of Additional Pension in the NHS Pension Scheme. Details on all pension top ups described are available on the Agency website: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pensions .
Trade Unions and Professional Bodies
We work closely with all trade unions and professional bodies to develop employee relations and consult on important policies and procedures. Contact information for the Trade Unions and professional bodies can be found on our staff intranet site.
In accordance with the Trade Union Act 2016, and subsequently the Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017, the Trust is now required to collect and publish information on Trade Union Facility Time.
The first requirement to publish this information will be by 31 July this year, for the period April 1 2017- 31 March 2018. The report is available here Facility Time Report.
Travel to work
Limited staff car parking is available at each of our main sites and in Truro there are two park and ride facilities. Salary sacrifice schemes are available to purchase car parking permits. We also encourage sustainable travel and promote cycle to work schemes, public transport and car sharing schemes. Cycle storage facilities and showers are available on all our main sites.