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Richmond and Barnes Hospitals Redevelopment

As part of the Trust's ongoing programme to modernise buildings and deliver more community services we have been progressing plans for the Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites.

Richmond Borough update

The Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites were underused and their condition and design made them unsuitable for modern mental health services.

Due to the listed status of the Richmond Royal site and the age of the buildings on both sites, it was not possible to create an environment to suitably meet modern mental health care standards for our patients and deliver a good working environment for our staff. The Trust has been progressing disposal and re-development plans for the sites.

All surplus funds raised from any sales will be redirected into our frontline services across the five boroughs we serve. In addition, some of the funds raised will also be invested into the building of our two new state-of-the-art hospitals in Springfield and Tolworth. 

Richmond Royal

In December 2015, the Richmond Royal site was declared surplus in order to raise the funds needed to support our wider Estates Modernisation Programme. As a result the site was placed on the market in January 2017 and sold in March 2018. We will be retaining a presence at Richmond Royal and intend to continue to provide high quality services from the site. Services and staff levels within the borough of Richmond will not be reduced as a result of the estates work.

In order to ensure building work on the new 500m2 healthcare facility at Richmond Royal does not disrupt the delivery of care, some services were temporarily relocated to Barnes Hospital, with others relocated to the Maddison Clinic in Teddington.

Barnes

Inpatient services have not been provided at Barnes Hospital since 2013. The site is underused and its condition and design make it unsuitable for developing modern mental health inpatient care. The Trust will be retaining part of the site and this will be used to continue to deliver the existing mental health services at Barnes Hospital.

Following an initial stage of marketing to inform our options for the site during 2017, the Trust began working to develop a vision for the site. Public consultations for a new planning application were held in November and December 2017. The events were well attended and following feedback from the public, the plans have been revised and the Trust held a further two public exhibitions in September 2018. The Trust had its outline planning permission approved at committee in 2019.

Alongside the planning application, the Trust were progressing its plans for disposing part of the site in order to provide funding for the Estate Modernisation Programme. In March 2019 the Trust sold half of the Barnes Hospital site to a residential developer. 

Additional Information

If you would like additional information regarding the work taking place in Richmond borough then please email estatemodernisation@swlstg.nhs.uk

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Staff benefits

We know you expect a lot more from your career than a salary (though we know that's also important).

We value your expertise and the important work you do so in addition to the opportunities to develop your skills in specialist areas or leadership roles, you will also have access to a variety of excellent benefits including:

Pay, pensions and leave

Our financial benefits form are key incentives for everyone who works at our Trust

  • Pay - Most NHS salaries are determined by Agenda for Change bands and these can be found on the Department of Health website. For Agenda for Change bands visit the Department of Health website or visit NHS Employerswebsite.
  • Generous pension - All contracted NHS staff can become members of the NHS pension scheme. This excellent package of pension benefits is fully protected against inflation and guaranteed by the government
  • Leave - Depending on your length of service you could receive up to 33 days of annual leave and eight days public holiday as well as the chance to apply for special leave and career breaks. We also provide you with support to undertake volunteering activities.

Benefits

Our range of benefits has been created to help you get the most out of working with us:

  • NHS discount schemes - As an employee of the Trust you will have access to discounts of up to 10 per cent from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.
  • Cycle to work/Bike loan - You can benefit from tax-free Cycle to Work Scheme which means you can get a bike for use mainly for travel to and from work. We also have shower facilities and lockers available.
  • Childcare vouchers - If you meet the relevant criteria, childcare vouchers are available through payroll as part of a salary sacrifice scheme. We also offer an extensive childminding network and links with local childcare providers and holiday activity camps such as Barracuda's who offer discounts for NHS staff.
  • Season ticket loan - All staff are eligible to apply for an interest free season ticket loan up to the value of £10,000.
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £1/day or £12/month.
  • Car lease scheme - Permanent staff can take advantage of our car lease scheme. You can choose any car that is available in the UK, subject to Trust approval.
  • Staff restaurants - With staff restaurants at both Springfield Hospital and Tolworth Hospital we also operate a virtual deli for those who are short on time and want to avoid the queues. We also have many vending machines offering a range of sandwiches, crisps, confectionery and Costa Coffee.
  • Work life balance - Flexible working We recognise the importance of helping you manage your work life balance and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Eye examinations - Staff who use a computer on a regular basis as an essential part of their work are entitled to a refund for the cost of an eye test. Where staff members require glasses or contact lenses for screen-based work the Trust will also refund the cost of standard glasses with basic lenses, up to a maximum of £55. Discounts are offered at Spec Savers and Vision Express.
  • Looking after your health - We offer lots of support for staff to help you look after your health, ranging from support for staff who want to stop smoking and free annual flu vaccinations to discounts at local leisure centres and discounted membership at the gyms at St George's Hospital, Fitness First and Tolworth Recreation Centre.
  • Free gym membership - In addition to discounted membership at a number of local leisure centres and gyms, staff can access the gyms at Tolworth hospital and Springfiled Hospital for free.

Career development

We know that you are looking to develop your career with us, so we have developed a number of opportunities.

  • Learning and Development - We invest heavily in your learning and development. In 2014/15, we commissioned a total of 11008 CPD and professional development places for staff. Our 2014 Staff Survey results showed that 84% of staff reported receiving job-relevant training, learning or development in the last 12 months, placing the Trust in the top 20% of mental health trusts for this key finding.
  • Career progression - There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
  • Work opportunities - We offer a number of varied and challenging work opportunities, as well as secondments, mentoring schemes and work shadowing programmes

Accommodation

An important issue and a key benefit.

We currently have keyworker housing available at both Springfield Hospital and Tolworth Hospital and NHS clinical staff may qualify for the Key Workers Living programme, which can help you with buying an affordable home.

Please visit direct.gov website for more information.

Staff support

Working in a responsible job in a challenging environment can be stressful. It is all too easy for things to pile up and for you to need some assistance. This is why we provide a free, independent and confidential support service through our employee assistance programme.

This support is avalaible for 24 hours a day and includes advice on:

  • debt and financial management
  • legal and tax advice
  • family care
  • everyday matters
  • counselling
  • emotional support

This service is there to help you and shows how much we truly value your contribution to our team.

There are also social clubs which you can join, including the Trust running club - which celebrated its fifth anniversary this week (Tuesday 13 September). Although members have changed over this time, there is still a hard-core of members who joined at the inception and still turnout regularly to run for an hour on a Tuesday evening. pdf Find out more about the running club (174 KB) .

Finding your feet

Starting any new position can be challenging, especially with a leading mental health trust like ours.

We succesfully treat, employ and train an enormous range of people at our trust and are well used to helping new staff members fit in to their new roles.

We will consistently support your career development through a number of well-established programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes.

If you are finding it difficult to cope with conventional work hours we can offer flexible working hours, including options to work from hope, job sharing etc.  We also offer benefits to help with your health.

Surveys show that our people like working with us, and we are sure you will too.

 

 

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Starting at the Trust

Congratulations! Well done on being offered a job here! There are just a few more steps to complete before you join us.

  • Conditional offer of employment: We will send you a conditional offer of employment by email indicating what references and other documents we require for pre-employment checks.
  • Pre-employment checks: before you start we must verify your references. You may need to complete other pre-employment checks; for example, a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
  • Employment health check: you need to complete an employment health questionnaire before your first day. This will be screened by our Occupational Health team.
  • Start date: we will agree a start date with you when we have verified your references.
  • Contract: you will receive a copy of your employment contract and details of your induction by email in advance of your start date and sign your contract of employment with us on your first day at the Trust.

We want your first few weeks and months with us to go as smoothly as possible.

Your first day

Your line manager will usually contact you shortly before you start to confirm what time to arrive and where to meet.

They will also co-ordinate what happens on your first day, introducing you to your team, helping you to find your way around and ensuring that you have all the information you need to do your job.

Induction

Everyone who joins us takes part in our induction programme. It is part of your training and introduces you to our Trust and how we work, as well as giving you essential employment-related information.

  • Local inductions: new staff, current employees who have been appointed to other positions at the Trust and medical staff who are rotating through different specialties will have a departmental induction. It covers things like local procedures, facilities, key contacts, risks and risk management.
  • Corporate inductions: all new staff also have a corporate induction. It covers key information such as the Trust’s aims and objectives, policies, procedures, and health and safety.
  • Appraisals - During your local induction period, your manager will explain more about your job role. Once you are settled in, they will also set objectives with you. Your progress will then be evaluated at your annual appraisal meeting. You will be expected to show evidence and/or a description of how you have met your objectives and worked within our values.
  • You will also discuss your training and development needs and plan with your manager how these can be met.

Finding your feet

We know that starting any new position can be challenging, especially with a leading mental health trust like ours.

We will support your career development through a number of well-established programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes.

If you are finding it difficult to cope with conventional work hours we can offer flexible working hours, including options to work from hope, job sharing etc.

We also offer benefits to help with your health.

Surveys show that our people like working with us, and we are sure you will too.

 

 

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