At Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust we recognise that our staff are our most valuable asset and we provide a range of benefits to support them throughout their career.
The Trust has been awarded `Practice Status’ for the Improving Working Lives standard. This means that all staff are entitled to work in an organisation that is investing in more flexible, supportive and family friendly working arrangements to improve diversity and develop staff skills to improve patient services. We actively encourage staff to put forward ideas for change to improve our services and all suggestions are considered.
Benefits for MTW staff include:
- NHS pension scheme,
- flexible working policy,
- training & career development policy,
- occupational sickness benefit,
- generous paternity pay,
- generous adoption pay,
- generous maternity pay,
- childcare vouchers,
- reduced rates at ‘Just Learning’ on-site nursery (Maidstone),
- lease car scheme for eligible staff,
- occupational health service,
- on-site canteens,
- staff counselling service,
- ill health retirement benefit.
The Trust has a progressive flexible working policy, which enables staff to meet changing priorities throughout their career. Flexible working options include:
- Career breaks
- Flexible retirement
- Flexible hours and working practices
- Family friendly policies, such as carers’ leave
- Pool contracts
- Bank contracts
We encourage staff to maintain a positive work-life balance in order to meet the challenges of working for a large acute Trust. Flexible working is about empowering our staff to offer our patients the best care possible.
NHS staff discounts
At MTW, our staff can also enjoy a range of additional benefits which are offered to all NHS workers throughout the UK. These benefits include links with key worker housing initiative (where available and applicable), as well as various consumer discounts for staff such as:
Employee and Team of the month awards
At MTW, we give a monthly award to one employee and one team, from within our Trust, to recognise outstanding effort, commitment and professionalism.
Anyone can nominate a member of our staff or an entire team. The nominations are then considered by our Executive Team and certificates are presented to the winners each month.
Staff Stars Awards
Every year the Trust holds a gala awards ceremony to recognise the staff who go the extra mile. Teams and employees who have been nominated and shortlisted attend the glittering evening event, which is held at a local venue.
Patients and staff can nominate those they feel have shown the commitment, professionalism and dedication in providing the best possible care. There are 10 award categories, which reflect the Trust’s values of PRIDE: Patient First, Respect, Innovation, Delivery, Excellence as well as Volunteer of the Year, Employee of the Year, Team of the Year and The Sylvia Denton Award for Care and Compassion.