Pay and benefits

We offer a competitive employment package to ensure you benefit from your hard work in the communities we serve. We pay particular attention to your health and wellbeing because looking after yourself is just as important as the care we provide for our patients.

All our staff, except doctors and very senior managers, are paid under the national Agenda for Change pay system which sets out consistent pay and terms across the NHS.

Under Agenda for Change, each NHS job has a band which indicates the pay scale through which you will progress while in your role. We show the band for each job in all our recruitment advertising together with a salary scale and the high cost area supplement for working in London. 

If you join us from another NHS employer, we will place you on the appropriate point on the scale to recognise your current experience.

If you join us from an employer outside of the NHS, your manager will identify your relevant experience so that you can be placed on the appropriate point on the scale.

Agenda for Change pay scales (NHS Employers website)

We reward you with a generous annual leave allowance that increases the longer you work for us.

  • Starting rate: 27 days per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • After 5 years: 29 days per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • After 10 years: 33 days per year plus 8 bank holidays

If you work part-time, your annual leave entitlement will be pro-rata based on the number of hours you work.

We want to support you to play an active part in the life of the NHS for as long as possible.

This could be through winding down (working fewer days in your current post) or stepping down (for example, into a less demanding job on lower pay, but which still makes good use of your skills and experience), phased or flexible retirement or bank and voluntary working after retirement.

We'll talk you through the different options available if you are approaching retirement age.

Blue Light Card discounts and offers

The Blue Light Card offers great discounts for NHS staff on gyms, household products, mobile packages, cinema tickets, holidays and much more. It’s free to sign up to online discounts and just £5 for the high street card.

Popular offers include:

  • 20% off EE mobile plans
  • 10% off at
  • 14% off Sky Entertainment
  • 20% off at Peacocks online
  • 10% off Waterstones online
  • Discounts off all major cinema chains

Car scheme

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare has teamed up with CPC Drive in partnership with Tusker to offer our staff a salary saving car scheme as an exciting staff benefit, which allows you to swap a portion of your salary before it is taxed in exchange for a new car.


Under the Tax-Free Childcare scheme, parents can claim top-ups for childcare costs. The government will add £2 for every £8 added to an online account up to a savings limit of £2,000/year, per child under the age of 12 (or under 17 if disabled).

The scheme is managed by the government through National Savings and Investment (NS&I).

There are also several nurseries local to trust sites where staff can benefit from discounts of up to 12%.

Counselling and mental health support

Our professional counselling service provides staff with free advice and counselling for a variety of issues such as stress, loss or bereavement, work difficulties and personal issues. This is a confidential service to support you.

A number of staff are also trained as mental health first aiders who can support people who are experiencing problems with their mental health.

Subsidised mindfulness and yoga classes are run from some of our main sites.

Wellbeing class information [Link to Health and wellbeing]

Cycle to work scheme

Staff can save up to 40% when buying a bicycle and safety equipment through the trust's Cycle to Work Scheme, which is run under a salary sacrifice arrangement

Fast-track physiotherapy

If you have an injury or chronic pain that is affecting your ability to do your job, you can be referred for fast track physiotherapy to help you recover as quickly as possible.

Flexible working

We have a wide range of flexible working opportunities, including part-time, job sharing and term time (or part year) working. Our ‘balancing work and personal life’ policy includes provision for carer leave, job-sharing, career breaks, parental leave, paternity and adoption leave.

Season ticket loans

The Season Ticket Loan Scheme help to spread the cost of annual season tickets for travel between home and work.

Wellbeing classes

We run a range of subsidised classes for staff, including fitness, yoga, pilates and mindfulness to help you looking after your own physical and mental wellbeing.

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