Benefits / Facilities

We recognise that it is the valuable contribution that our staff make which allows us to provide an effective healthcare service.

The Trust attaches a great level of importance to supporting staff and assisting them in maintaining a work-life balance. A wide range of family-friendly and employee-friendly policies and procedures are in place to help staff work more flexibly. In addition we offer help with childcare arrangements and provide other staff benefits and facilities.

Flexible Working

Flexitime

This gives staff the choice about their actual working hours, within agreed core times. This means that staff can vary their starting and finishing times each day at work. The flexitime system is available to a wide range of staff within the Trust.

Self Rostering

This gives team members with more control over their work times. The scheme is available on a number of wards providing nurses and other staff who provide a 24-hour service the opportunity to determine their own working patterns.

Job Sharing

Job sharing opportunities are available in varying capacities across the Trust. This provides increased opportunity for staff to achieve a work-life balance, whilst maintaining responsibility and team working.

Compressed Hours

Allows staff to work the same number of hours and therefore maintain the same level of pay but spread their working hours over fewer days.

Term-time working

Helps staff with children of school age, balance their working life and home life. This allows staff to work their full or part time hours during term time and be with their families during the school holidays. Whilst this may not be a practical option in all areas it is actively supported.

Career Break

Allows staff with two or more years service to apply to have an unpaid break from employment to pursue other interests for a period of between three months and two years. At the end of break staff are able to return to the same or a similar job.

Flexible Retirement

Gives members of the NHS Pension Scheme a number of options when approaching retirement age.

NHS Retirement Fellowship (Blackpool)
Sylvia Bagot, Branch Secretary
Tel:  01253764896
Email:  Sylvia.bagot@hotmail.co.uk

Link: http://www.nhsrf.org.uk/branchesdata.php?brnm=130

Accommodation

The Residencies Department, located in Home 6, Victoria Court, Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Rd, Blackpool, FY3 8NR, is currently responsible for providing accommodation for Junior Doctors working at the hospital.

The department may also be able to assist with offering accommodation to other Healthcare Professionals depending on availability.

Opening hours are Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:00pm.

The Accommodation Officer, Karen McKenna can be contacted by:

  • telephone on 01253 953772 (Ext 53772 if calling from within the hospital)
  • use this contact form to email.

If the department is unable to offer hospital accommodation, information regarding letting agents in the area or adverts for external accommodation displayed in the reception can be forwarded to you.

Childcare

The Trust provides on-site day nursery facilities at Blackpool Victoria Hospital staff for staff. The Happy Days Nursery is purpose-built with the capacity for 92 children aged from three months to five years. It has flexible opening hours and is staffed by a highly qualified and professional team. For more information about Happy Days Nursery call 01253 955537.

Holiday Playschemes

The Trust operates holiday playschemes throughout the year for the children of staff and are held at a number of venues throughout the Fylde Coast.

Child and Family Care Team

The Trust employs a Child and Family Care Team who can provide advice and assistance with childcare needs.

Facilities

Catering Facilities

Blackpool Victoria Hospital has a large subsidised restaurant, bistro and coffee lounge for staff. At the entrance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital there is a large shop which sells a wide range of items and a coffee shop which is open to staff and visitors. There are also comfortable dining facilities at Clifton and Wesham.

Healthcare Services

A number of services are available for staff including occupational health services, back pain service, smoking cessation facilities and stress awareness.

Library

A well-equipped library is available for staff.