Our offer to you
In addition to great career prospects and job satisfaction, a career with Surrey and Borders Partnership offers a wide range of extra benefits. Below you will find more information on the many benefits we offer.
Our Trust, culture and values
We are the lead NHS provider of mental health, learning disabilities and autism and wellbeing services in Surrey and North East Hampshire and are rated GOOD by the Quality Care Commission (CQC).
Our vision is For a Better Life, aimed at removing inequality caused by poor mental health, learning disability and substance misuse, and other forms of disability, long term conditions and prejudice.
Our team is highly motivated and trained across all ages to offer excellent and responsive prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care services.
We provide over 460,000 appointments a year in person, in clinics and hospitals, at home and in care homes, schools and on the phone or online. Our crisis and inpatient services operate 24 hours a day all year round. We take a whole person and whole family approach to keep individuals and communities safe and promote good mental health and wellbeing.
Our focus is on:
- High quality care
- Having a valued and inclusive workforce
- Having strong involvement with people who use our services, their families and carers
- Making the best use of our resources
- Working in partnership
- Being a learning organisation so that we are a beacon for innovation and help our staff to grow
Our Trust has embarked on an exciting programme of redevelopment and investment in our sites, spanning our new hospitals programme, new community hubs and our new purpose built head office in Leatherhead, Surrey, opening in 2023. Many of the new sites are already up and running.
Inclusive and supportive environment
Our staff networks
We have six networks that support our staff. They each offer a forum where people can come together to share ideas, support one another, and raise awareness of the challenges they face. Our networks include:
- Black, Minority and Ethnic network
- LBTQ+ network
- DAWN: Disability and Wellness network
- Women’s network
- Spirituality and Faith network
- Connect network – supporting colleagues with emotional and psychological needs
You can find out more about our networks on this dedicated page.
We are a Committed Disability Confident employer meaning that we are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining disabled people and those with health conditions. The Disability Confident scheme was set up by the government. Employers who sign up commit to the following:
- inclusive and accessible recruitment
- communicating vacancies
- offering an interview to disabled people
- providing reasonable adjustments
- supporting existing employees
We are proud to be a Mindful Employer and we aim to:
- show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues. This will include positive statements in local recruitment literature
- ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and The Equality Act 2010 and given appropriate interview skills training
- not make assumptions that a person with a mental health problem will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant
We understand the importance of balancing home and work life and that people often have caring responsibilities. Wherever possible, we seek to offer hours and patterns of work that suit your personal circumstances.
Financial benefits (including generous pension)
Generous NHS pension scheme
The NHS Pension Scheme offers the security of a guaranteed income in every year of retirement for all its members, on some of the most generous terms available from a pension scheme. Benefits of the scheme include:
- A pension contribution from our Trust that is equal to 26.68 percent of your salary
- Valuable protection for your family, including life assurance and a pension if you are too ill to work
- Options to increase your benefits and to retire flexibly, to suit your plans for the future
- An annual increase in pension benefits during your retirement to keep up with the cost of living
High Cost Area Allowance (HCA)
The HCA allowance, also referred to as London Weighting, is a payment made to employees who work in London and the surrounding areas. For many of our employees based in Surrey, they are entitled to an additional 5% increase on their basic salary. This subject to a minimum payment of £1,136 and a maximum payment of £1,915.
Salary sacrifice car scheme
The scheme enables employees to sacrifice a fixed amount of their pre-taxable monthly income in exchange for a brand new car over an agreed term. At the end of the lease agreement, the employee simply returns the vehicle.
Cycle to work scheme
Our cycle scheme allows employees to pay less for a new bike and equipment with a total limit of £4,000. You will pay nothing up front and the cost of the cycle to work bike and equipment package is taken directly from your gross salary. This means you don’t pay tax and National Insurance on the amount of salary you put towards your new bike and equipment.
We offer an excellent scheme with Nuffield Health allowing colleagues, their partner, or a family member, to use most of the organisations 114 fitness and wellbeing gyms across the country at a corporate rate.
We offer free access to Perkbox, a benefits and rewards platform. Perkbox offers more than 1,000 perks and discounts to help you in every aspect of your life. It also offers a Wellness Hub, providing a range of resources to improve wellbeing including virtual classes and advice on improving sleep and health.
Free Health Service Journal (HSJ) subscription
All employees are offered free subscription to HSJ to help them stay up to date with NHS and healthcare news.
Blue Light Card
For a small bi-annual fee you can access the Blue Light Card discount service that is available to all those working in the NHS, emergency services, social care sector and armed forces. It offers members access to more than 15,000 discounts across a range of products and services online and instore.
Health Service Discounts
Health Service Discounts is the largest healthcare and NHS employee benefit provider, offering discounts, money-saving deals and vouchers across a range of products and services for free.
Childcare and flexible working
Discounted nursery places
We have our own nursery in Epsom that can be accessed by any family. Appletree Day Nursery has vast experience and is confident in offering a safe place for your child to learn, play and grow.
The nursery’s fees are very competitive compared to privately run nurseries and discounted rates are offered to NHS employees.
The Government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme offers £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year). You can check if you are eligible by visiting Get Tax-Free Childcare: step by step.
We offer free parking at most of our sites. Where free parking is not offered, we will reimburse your car parking fees.
Health and wellbeing
Free physical health checks
To support the physical wellbeing of our staff, we’ve teamed up with employee health screening specialists to offer free in-person health checks, including a same-day report with personalised recommendations.
Confidential care to support mental health
Our Trust subscribes to an independent and completely confidential support and counselling service that all staff can access. Confidential Care offers you a place to turn to for support any time of day or night, 365 days a year. Whatever issues you might be facing, you can get practical advice as well as counselling and support for a wide range of topics, including work stress, depression, marriage and relationship issues, legal concerns, coping with change, parenting issues, financial problems, health issues, and much more.
Free flu vaccinations
We offer free annual flu vaccinations to all staff.
27 days annual leave plus bank holidays on joining the NHS.
This rises to 29 days after five years and 33 after 10 years (Subject to Agenda for Change Terms and conditions).
Training and Continued Professional Development (CPD)
We encourage staff to continue to update their professional practice, gain new skills and develop as compassionate leaders throughout their time in the organisation.
Our Training and Education page will tell you more about our Education team and how they can support you with your career. They can help you with Continuous Professional Development, statutory and mandatory training, leadership and management training, apprenticeships, functional skills and a wide range of courses from external providers.