Working at Homerton
At Homerton we are proud of the workplace culture we have created for our fantastic staff. Our workforce is multicultural and we are committed to providing a personal service to our diverse range of patients. Our staff share our core values of Personal, Respect, Responsibility and Safe.
Do you want to work in a culture of support, comeraderie and development? Do you want to work in an organisation which provides exceptional patient care? Explore these pages to get a sense of the wide variety of roles that our staff undertake, the benefits of working at Homerton, and have a look at our current vacancies to see the roles for which we are currently recruiting.
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.
We offer a modern working environment with excellent development opportunities, support networks, social facilities and staff benefits. 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.
We are very proud of the fact that the CQC has recently rated Homerton Hospital’s acute services overall as ‘Good’.
Homerton is a Disability Confident employer, and we run an internship programme called Project Search which supports young people with learning disabilities into paid employment.
Homerton is also committed to supporting members of the armed forces and veterans
Health and Care in East London
For more information about career opportunities in health and care across east London, please visit the East London Health and Care Partnership website.
The many benefits available to staff include:
- generous pension scheme
- season ticket loans to cover travel
- Relocation loans for those new starters joining from elsewhere
- 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. There is a real sense of community at Homerton.
The NHS pension scheme is one of the best in the country. Membership is voluntary.
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 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 the 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 Equality Act 2010 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 is a wide and varied range of flexible working options available in the hospital. Most departments operate informal flexible working options and some wards have piloted an electronic rota system, allowing staff to book their own shifts.
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.
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 are of the utmost importance. We have a number of services available for staff including:
- occupational health services available for all staff, including a dedicated physiotherapist
- 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 homeownership schemes offering key worker living
- discounts to local sports centres and bike shops.
In 2016 we were awarded the London Healthy Workplace Charter demonstrating to the Mayor that we provide our staff with a healthy working environment.
Health Assured is the Trust counselling service, giving free and confidential information and advice. Expert advisors can provide comprehensive answers and assistance on a wide range of issues that 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.
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 trade 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 is 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 a 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.
We are committed to offering a range of Apprenticeships at Homerton, and have many Apprentices working across the Trust in a variety of roles.
You can read more from our Education and Training pages.