Benefits

You can find a very rewarding career with Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in a wide variety of roles. As well as knowing you are part of a team that is providing vital support to families, we offer multiple and generous benefits to employees.

What benefits do we offer?

Pension schemes

·         Recognition of the NHS Pension Scheme

·         Care staff can remain in the NHS Pension Scheme subject to eligibility criteria

·         Stakeholder Pension Scheme

o   Employee contribution 3.5%

o   Shooting Star Children’s Hospices contribution 4.5%

o   You can also contribute more into the pension scheme and we will pay 1% above the contribution up to a limit of 7%

Annual Leave

·         35 days including Bank Holidays rising with length of service (pro rata for part time)

·         2 weeks paid sabbatical leave after 5, 10 and 15 years service

Training & Professional Development

·         Mandatory online training provided

·         Excellent professional development available

·         In house practice development team

·         Clinical supervision

Additional benefits

·         Employee Assistance Programme available to all staff including

o   telephone and face to face counselling

o   health & wellbeing advice

o   online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

o   advice and support

·         Subsidised accommodation (Guildford)

·         Free staff car parking

·         Free meals available within the hospice

·         Flexible working arrangements

·         Generous sick pay scheme rising with length of service with 3 months full and 3 months half pay after one year’s service

·         Death in service benefits provided

·         Staff changing rooms and showers

·         Enhanced maternity, adoption, and paternity leave pay

·         Enhance Parental Bereavement Leave pay

·         Optical care – eye test and £60 to glasses for VDU use

·         Employee referral scheme

Moving to us from the NHS

The majority of our nurses come from an NHS background. To help with transition we have put together a list to outline our key terms and conditions of employment.

NHS v Shooting Star Children's Hospices

Comparison of Terms & Conditions of Employment 

Term

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices

NHS

Standard working hours

37.5 hours per week

37.5 hours per week

Notice periods

HCA (band 3-4) - four weeks’ notice

Nurse (Band 5-6) - six weeks’ notice

Head of/Lead - eight weeks’ notice

Director – twelve weeks’ notice

Band 1 to 4 – four weeks’ notice

Band 5 to 7 – eight weeks’ notice

Band 8 to 9 – twelve weeks’ notice

 

Geographical Allowance

£2,415.06 - £2,627.27 pa

·        Inner London 20% of basic salary,

range of £4473-£6890

·        Outer London 15% of basic salary,

range of £3784-£4882

·        Fringe 5% of basic salary,

range of £1034-£1791

On Call

Week day £10

Weekend £20

Local agreement

Unsocial payments

These are the same as the NHS

 

Overtime

A flat rate

There is a single harmonised rate of time-and–a-half for all overtime, with the exception of work on general public holidays, which will be paid at double time.

 

Annual Leave

On appointment 27 days + 8 days bank hols

After 2 years 29 days + 8 days bank hols

 

Offer 2 weeks paid Sabbatical Leave every 5th year

On appointment 27 days + 8 days bank hols

After 5 years 29 days + 8 days bank hols

After 10 years 33 days + 8 days bank hols

 

Occupational Sick Pay

Based on absence in 12 month rolling period.

·    Less than 3 months service – 1 week full pay

·    3 – 12 months service – 1 month full pay

·    12+ months service – 3 months full followed by 3 months half

Based on absence in 12 month rolling period**

·  1st year of service: 1 month’s full and 2 months’ half pay

·  2nd year of service – 2 months’ full and 2 months’ half pay

·  3rd year of service – 4 months’ full and 4 months’ half pay

·  4th & 5th years of service – 5 months’ full and 5 months half pay

·  5+ years of service – 6 months full and 6 months half pay

Maternity/

Adoption pay

24 months service at 15th week before birth & intends to return to work:

8 weeks full pay less any SMP

18 weeks half pay, less any SMP

13 weeks SMP

13 weeks unpaid

12 months service at start of 11th week before birth & intends to return to work:

8 weeks full pay less any SMP

18 weeks half pay, plus any SMP

13 weeks SMP

13 weeks unpaid


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