We are located in Hackney, a short distance away from Central London to the east of the City. Hackney is a vibrant borough of London, with great diversity and opportunity which is reflected across the Trust. It is our diversity, and our sense of community, which makes Homerton such a special place to work.
Homerton is proud to be included on the HSJ and Nursing Times Best Places to Work list 2015.
We offer a modern working environment with excellent development opportunities, support networks and social facilities. Our staff are integral to the success of the organisation in providing the highest possible quality of healthcare. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and rewarding the very best healthcare workers from across Hackney, London and beyond.
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- season ticket loans to cover travel
- childcare voucher scheme
- subsidised restaurant and coffee shop based on-side
- on-site shop
- healthworks – subsidised exercises classes for all
- long service awards
- discounts – for local shops and cafes and access to offers on a wide variety of leading stores, travel and leisure facilities
- pre-retirement support
We also hold a number of social events and award schemes to recognise and reward the hard work of our staff. Events include an annual fun run, quiz nights and BBQs.
The NHS pension scheme is one of the best in the country. Membership is voluntary. Most members pay 6% of their pensionable pay, except manual workers who pay 5%. But tax relief and lower N.I. contributions mean the actual cost is nearer 3.5%. Your employer contributes 14% of your pay into the scheme.
We provide temporary staffing cover to all areas of the Trust. Members include nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and admin and clerical staff.
For more information, please visit our dedicated Staff Bank page.
Equality and Diversity
We are committed to making sure that all staff feel valued whilst at work. We try to accommodate differing needs, and to ensure that all of staff are given equal opportunities.
Our multi-faith chaplaincy offers:
- prayers for Muslim staff
- carol services and regular communion for Christian staff
- services for other religious events.
Equality, fair treatment and social inclusion lie at the heart of the government’s plans to modernise the NHS. The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 (the Act) supports these core principles and requires us (and all public authorities) to actively promote race equality as well as imposing a general duty to:
- eliminate unlawful racial discrimination;
- promote equality of opportunity; and
- promote good race relations between people of different racial groups
Our Equality Scheme describes our commitment to ensuring that our services and employment practices are fair, accessible and appropriate for the diverse communities we serve and the workforce we employ
There are a wide and varied range of flexible working options available in the hospital.
You may wish to alter your working hours to accommodate childcare/elderly/carer responsibilities, due to health reasons, because you are completing further studying or training, or for another reason.
There are many flexible working options available, including:
- part-time, flexi-time
- job sharing
- term-time or school hours working
- voluntarily reduced hours
- phased return to work/part-time working on medical grounds
- unpaid leave
- annualised or compressed hours
- career breaks.
Most departments operate informal flexible working options and some wards have piloted an electronic rota system, allowing staff to book their own shifts. We also encourage flexible trainees to join and in the past year we have had trainees from A&E, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and GPVTS.
Flexible Retirement and Support for Carers
There are a variety of options available for staff who are nearing retirement, which means that you don’t need to stop working straight away. These include:
- winding down – working part-time in your current role
- stepping down – moving into a less-demanding job on a lower pay and less hours, whilst still utilising your knowledge and skills
- retiring then coming back – working on a flexible, part-time basis or filling in for staff during peak times.
We also try to provide as much support as possible to staff who are carers. There is a special leave policy for staff who have carer responsibilities and a confidential carers support network at the Trust, accessible via the staff counselling service.
The health and safety of our staff is of the utmost importance. We have a number of services available for staff including:
- occupational health services available for all staff, including a dedicated phsiotherapist
- health and safety, manual handling, basic life support and other training courses available to all staff, as well as conflict resolution training for frontline staff
- a free confidential counselling service available for individuals and groups of staff
- stop-smoking advisor and cessation courses available for all staff
- limited on-site accommodation and an off-site nurses home. We also have close links with home ownership schemes offering key worker living
- discounts to local sports centres and bike shops.
Earlier this year we were awarded the London Healthy Workplace Charter demonstrating to the Mayor that we provide our staff a healthy working environment
Care First is the Trust counselling service, giving free and condidential information and advice. Our expert advisors, trained by Citizens Advice, can provide comprehensive answers and assistance on a wide range of issues which affect daily life.
Staff involvement and communication
There are a variety of ways we communicate with staff to update and inform them about clinical, service and strategic developments, as well as events, functions and offers available in the hospital and the NHS as a whole. These include:
- the intranet
- quarterly magazine ‘Homerton Life’
- special project newsletters and brochures
- staff emails
- regular coffee mornings/afternoons
- monthly ‘team briefing’
- posters and flyers displayed on noticeboards throughout the hospital.
All newsletters, magazines and flyers (including back-issues) can be found on the website, they are also distributed regularly via email and on stands throughout the hospital.
There are also a variety of unions you can join at the Trust.
Training and Development
We believe that our staff need to have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to carry out their role effectively. We also want all our staff to be able to learn and develop whilst working for us.
There are a range of training opportunities available to all staff, both short and long-term.
We also provide support for staff who would like to attend external learning courses, where appropriate and where possible, and for staff who would benefit from development opportunities such as mentoring, shadowing or secondments.
Our Apprenticeship programme also allows us to employ local people and provide them with a structured development route and clear career pathway.
All staff receive a yearly Performance Development Review which will help to map out individual Personal Development Plans. These should be regularly reviewed throughout the year.
All courses are supported by the excellent Library and information service based in the education centre.