Staff benefits


The NHS Pension Scheme is a valuable benefit to staff. All staff are encouraged to join the Scheme which provides index-linked benefits, life assurance cover, dependents' benefits and disability and redundancy benefits. Visit the NHS Pensions website for more more information.

Annual Leave

Most staff receive 27 days annual leave (pro-rata for part-time staff) plus all public Bank holidays, raising to 29 days after 5 years service, 33 days after 10 years NHS service.

Continuous NHS service

If you transfer from another NHS employer you carry over your continuous NHS service so you don't lose out. 

Learning and Development

The Trust supports a learning culture and encourages all staff to undertake appropriate education and development opportunities which include in-house and external courses, conferences, study leave and a Graduate Studentship Scheme. In addition, all staff are entitled to receive regular and frequent supervision, a personal development plan and an annual appraisal.

Flexible Working

The Trust's flexible working policies aim to support staff in meeting the challenges of balancing their working life with changing commitments outside of work.

Opportunities for flexible working include: part time working; term-time only working; job sharing and annualised hours. 

We also offer staff time off to deal with an emergency; career breaks; maternity leave; shared maternity leave; maternity support leave; parental leave; adoption leave and leave for public services.

Living Wage Employer

We are a Living Wage Employer.

Season ticket loans and bike to work scheme

We offer interest free season ticket loans for public transport and a tax efficient bike to work scheme with deductions taken from salary. 

Workplace Nurseries

We provide tax efficient workplace nurseries for children under 5 on our major sites. Find out more. 

Health, Wellbeing and Fitness

Under the Better Deals for Staff scheme, we also offer staff free assistance towards the cost of eye tests and work place massage. 

Occupational Health services include pre-employment health checks, advice on work-related health and safety matters, vaccinations for work and confidential advice and referral to counselling services.

We also encourage our staff to register on our Trust Benefits site ( receive a huge range of discounts on well-known brands and retailers and at the same time generate funds for our Trust.

Key Worker Living

Key Worker Living is a government led initiative to assist some key NHS workers to purchase a home. For further information visit the Sussex zone agent, Moat Housing or Homebuy website

Staff Involvement

Staff are encouraged to get involved through the Trust's annual staff survey and staff conference, both of which form the basis for service improvements. The Trust has active union representation and a staff-side co-ordinator whose role includes taking responsibility for staff involvement.

We also recognise staff throughout the year including our annual staff achievement awards.

Work Environment Improvement Fund

As part of the Trust's Better Deals for Staff scheme, staff can make small financial requests under the Work Environment Improvement Fund to improve their working environment.

Age Positive

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity and tackling age related discrimination in the workplace. We are an Age Positive Employer Champion, committed to tackling age discrimination in the workplace and taking practical steps to change employment practices. By promoting good practices and highlighting the practical benefits of having a mixed age workforce, we encourage other employers and individuals to tackle age discrimination in the workplace.

We benefit from a balanced workforce across all ages by not losing skilled people purely because they reach a birthday. We also develop people into our harder to recruit posts which benefits both the Trust and the individual. Also engaging with young people forms part of our long-term recruitment strategy, presenting the Trust as a positive employer to work for. 

Two Ticks Disability Symbol 

Positive About Disabled People

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is a ‘two ticks’ disability employer, which means that we are positive about disabled people and have made commitments to employ, retain and develop the abilities of disabled staff.

As a ‘two ticks’ disability employer we have made five commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness. These commitments are:

  • To interview all disabled job applicants who meet the minimum criteria and to consider them for their abilities
  • To discuss with disabled employees what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
  • To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
  • To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
  • To review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved and plan ways to improve on them

Find out more about Equality and Diversity at the Trust