The human resources department's core functions are to support staff and managers through change management, disciplinary, grievance and capability issues that arise in the workplace; and develop and deliver policies and strategies to support the Trust in achieving its own objectives and national human resource targets.
Other related projects and services include:
Agenda for Change also affects annual leave, working hours and a range of other work-related issues. It also applies to all staff directly employed by NHS organisations in the UK with the exception of doctors, dentists and the most senior managers at board level or equivalent.
The Trust has a commitment to provide support to employees with caring responsibilities. The Trust offers a childcare voucher scheme as well as subsidised childcare places at an onsite day nursery and local playscheme. Local discounts are also available with childcare providers.
The chaplaincy team consists of chaplains and volunteer staff. The Trust has a Muslim prayer room and a chapel (where services are celebrated). The chapel is also available as a place of quiet for anyone to use, whatever their beliefs. Please contact Rev Eddie Turner on 01234 355122 ext. 5901.
An organisation should be a place where all staff, whatever their differences feel valued and have a fair and equitable quality of working life.
By managing and improving equality of opportunity for staff, Bedford Hospital will benefit from the diversity of culture, skills and experience that can be brought collectively to the workplace.
Bedford Hospital was awarded the Improving Working Lives standard in 2009. The standard makes it very clear that every member of staff in the NHS is entitled to work in an organisation that can demonstrate commitment to more flexible, supportive and family-friendly working arrangements.
Bedford Hospital is committed to listening to the views of its staff and using that information to improve working practices.
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust believes that appropriate training is crucial to the future development of the Trust and its services and is committed to the importance of training and development for all staff.
Focused and effective training can improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of the service. It is essential for the following reasons:
The Trust will ensure that structured development and training is provided to all staff groups and will:
The occupational health department at Bedford Hospital is situated in Britannia House. It is a clinical department, which provides a comprehensive occupational health service for its staff. An occupational physician and qualified nurses head the team, which also provides services to local business and industry. Please contact the team on 01234 792123 for further information.
The human resources department is responsible for the recruitment and retention of all staff groups, and for ensuring consistency in processes and procedures i.e. equal opportunity monitoring and CRB checks.
Benefits and support services are one way in which the Trust try to help its staff. We are constantly looking to develop new benefits and incentives that staff value and will use. All NHS staff can also take advantage of the NHS Discounts scheme.
Work experience placements across departments and areas are available throughout the year. It is advisable to book your place as early as possible as they are subject to availability. Please contact 01234 355122 ext. 5527 for further information.