If you choose to join us at NHS Somerset, you will become part of a talented, passionate team of people, committed to providing the best care and treatment to patients in Somerset. As an NHS employee, you will also enjoy one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered by any employer in the UK.
If you are interested in working for us, then please visit NHS Jobs, where you can check our current vacany list and apply on line. If you have any queries with regards to our application process please visit our job opportunities page and if you are still unsure as to whether you would like to work for the NHS, please visit NHS Careers, who can help you make that decision.
Benefits of working in the NHS
Everyone who joins the NHS is guaranteed a salary that matches their ability and responsibilities. On top of your basic salary, you will receive at least 27 days' holiday each year, plus a range of other benefits including occupational health, automatic membership of the NHS Pension Scheme (unless you choose to opt out) and study leave for sponsored courses.
NHS Somerset is committed to supporting Training and Development both in-house and externally for all disciplines and levels of staff. The Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) developed as part of Agenda for Change will be used to support your personal development and career progression. Each post will have a KSF outline which will be used in your annual appraisal.
For more information on what NHS Somerset offers their staff, please visit our other pages such as: NHS Somerset Benefits, Training and Education, Healthy Workplace and our staff handbook.
Pay and conditions
A new national pay system - Agenda for Change (AfC) - was introduced across the NHS in October 2004 for all directly employed staff except doctors and the most senior managers. The new pay system offers real benefits for staff including:
a standard working week of 37.5 hours
harmonised holiday entitlements of 27 days per year, plus eight general and public holidays, rising to 33 days after ten years' service
new pay enhancements to reward out of hours, shift and overtime working
better career and pay progression based on the application of knowledge and skills
Quality of working lives
NHS Somerset is actively committed to improving the working lives of staff by promoting equality and diversity; dealing with reported cases of bullying and harassment; ensuring that staff work in a safe working environment and by supporting the principles of flexible working. Where possible managers will seek to offer hours and patterns of work that suit your personal circumstances.
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