Staff Benefits

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In addition to great career prospects and job satisfaction, a career with Royal Surrey offers a wide range of extra benefits. Please see below more information on the many benefits we offer.

NHS Pension Scheme

The NHS Pension Scheme continues to be one of the most generous and comprehensive pension arrangements in the UK and is a key part of the reward offer for NHS staff. An NHS pension includes life assurance benefits, voluntary early retirement benefits, ill health benefits and a range of other benefits. 

Employee contributions are tiered by salary/pensionable earnings and your employer pays a contribution equal to 20.68 per cent of your salary towards the cost of your pension. Contributions to the scheme are tax free, bringing down the cost of membership.

Information and advice is available at the NHS Pensions Page here.

Salary Finance

Within the NHS, almost 70% indicated finances as their biggest concern last year. As an organisation, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust are dedicated to supporting colleagues' financial wellbeing and believe it’s important to have access to the right kind of support in order to learn better habits and make more informed money choices.

You can access the Salary Finance website here. Through this website, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust colleagues have access to:

  • Loans repaid through your salary - options when it comes to borrowing money repaid straight from your salary
  • Simple savings - options to build savings for the future, including the government-backed Help to Save scheme
  • Clarity on your cash - an online financial education hub including podcasts, articles and tools to help you manage money better

Could Salary Finance help you take practical steps to take control of your money, become more financially resilient, and plan for your future?

Wagestream

We have launched a new financial wellness and flexible pay system called Wagestream, which you can access here.

Supported by the Royal Surrey Charity this new system will allow staff across all staff groups and pay/grade bands (permanent and Bank) to access up to 50% of their salary in advance.

You can read more information about Wagestream here.

Annual leave and maternity/paternity leave

NHS employees are entitled to up to 27 days a year annual leave plus eight public and general holidays. After five years, this rises to 29 days a year and after ten years service, staff get up to 33 days holiday a year plus eight general and public holidays (pro rata for part time staff).

Maternity and paternity leave

We operate a generous scheme that allows time off for each of the above, including a 'Keep in Touch' scheme, a maternity/paternity pack and assistance in finding childcare and applying for tax credits. Maternity/paternity returnees are also encouraged to consider applying for flexible working if appropriate. 

Childcare

BusyBees Nursery

This is a privately run, on-site (across the road from the main hospital building) day care nursery offering up to 77 places to children up to the age of five years. Trust employees have a preferential pricing structure and are also given priority over other workers. The nursery is open Monday to Friday from 7am - 7pm and 30 hours funding is available. For further information contact the nursery manager on 01483 538 764. A list of play schemes offering discount is available by emailing Jacqui George.

Tax free childcare

This is a government scheme open to working parents with children under 12. For every £8 you pay into a Childcare account, the government will pay £2. The money will then be paid directly from this account to your childcare provider. For more information on Tax Free Childcare, visit this website.

Flexible working

We understand you have a life outside work, maybe a family to care for or an elderly relative. We realise the importance of striking a work life balance and actively seek, wherever possible, to offer hours and patterns of work that suit your personal circumstances. 

Sport and social, and gym

Situated in Gill Avenue, the Guildford Hospitals Sports and Social Club is a member’s only club. For £3 per month, facilities include: a vip lounge, vip snug, big screen tv, pool table, quiz machine and various events throughout the year with promotions. For further information on the Sports and Social Club, please contact: John Armstrong (Bar Manager) Ext 4035.

Staff gym

A fully equipped gym is also available for staff use within the Hospital. Facilities provided include lockers, separate male and female changing rooms with showers, a sound system and TV to help keep you motivated and personal trainer details are also available upon request.  Please contact the Physiotherapy Department on ext. 2072 or 4153 for more information.

NHS Discounts

Those who work within the NHS have access to a large array of discounts from small and large companies across the UK. This includes discounts on restaurants, large food retailers, holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones and much more.

These discounts are provided by Blue light card and HealthServiceDiscounts.