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Richmond and Barnes Hospitals Redevelopment

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

Richmond Borough

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 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.

Building works are progressing on a new 500m2 healthcare facility at Richmond Royal. To ensure this does not disrupt delivery of care, some services were temporarily relocated to Barnes Hospital, with others relocated to the Maddison Clinic in Teddington.

Works are ongoing and upon completion we will be relocating Richmond Child Adolescent Mental Health Services from Barnes to Richmond Royal in late 2022.

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. 

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. 

The Trust had outline planning permission approved at committee in September 2020 for a new mixed-use development comprising a health centre and a Special Educational Needs School, supporting both education and mental health needs for the community.  The Trust continues to work with LocatED, an arm’s length body of the Department for Education, to plan these new facilities at the Barnes site, due to open in early 2024.

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 understand that a healthy work life balance is important, which means that we offer a range of excellent benefits when joining the Trust.

Pay, pensions and leave:

  • Pay - Most NHS salaries are determined by Agenda for Change bands, and these can be found on the Department of Health website or visit NHS Employers website. When you commence your role with us, we do a detailed salary review in line with Agenda for Change terms and conditions to ensure you are starting at the correct level of pay.
  • Advanced pay – The Trust has partnered with Hastee Pay, which means that you can receive up to 50% of your salary early.
  • 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. This means an employer contribution of 20.5% of your annual salary into your pension. Your pension contributions will be depending on your salary and further information on the NHS pension scheme can be found here: Promoting the value of the NHS Pension Scheme videos and presentation | NHS Employers
  • Leave – Under Agenda for Change, your annual leave will be depending on your length of service.

Appointment up to 5 years of services

27 days per annum (pro rata if part time)

5 Years of service up to 10 years of service

29 days per annum (pro rata if part time)

10 years of service and above

33 days per annum (pro rata if part time)

In addition to the above, you receive 8 (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.

General benefits:

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

Everyday discounts via the NHS discount schemes - As an employee of the Trust you will have access to discounts from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

  • Travel benefits 
  • Car Lease scheme via Knowles at discounted rate
  • Season ticket Loan up to £7,000 with zero interest rates
  • Park your car at our Trust all day every day for £20 per month
  • Get a bicycle and accessories with value up to £5000 with up to 39% discount

Family friendly benefits – We offer a range of comprehensive family friendly benefits to ensure you are able to spend time with your loved ones. These include:

  • Maternity Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Bereavement/Compassionate Leave
  • Adoption Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Career Leave

Work life balance– Agile and 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. Additionally, wet offer an agile working environment that empowers staff to build flexibility into their day-to-day, supporting work-life balance. This includes the option of some home working; arrangements vary for each team and are subject to agreement with service managers.

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. Additionally, we offer:

  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Dedicated Occupational Health service
  • Fast-track Physiotherapy services
  • Guardian service
  • Spiritual and Pastoral Care
  • Free flu vaccination each year
  • Counselling and support services

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.

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.

There are also social clubs which you can join, including the Trust running club. 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) .

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If you are successful

The recruiting manager will tell you at your interview how and when you will be notified if you are successful.

If you are unsuccessful we will tell you by email via your NHS jobs account.

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Top Tips

Once you have found the role you would like to apply for, then we encourage applicants to read the below guidance on our top tips for completion your online application. Additionally, we encourage candidates to review of top tips for interview preparation to help provide you with the tools to guide you through the process: 

Top tips for completing your online application:

  • If you have any questions about the role that are not answered by the job description, please get in touch with the named contact in the vacancy advert for an informal discussion.
  • Read advertisement and application form very carefully and make sure that you complete all the sections of the application form. The information you give in the online application form and supporting statement will be used to decide if you should be shortlisted for interview.
  • It is really important that you read the job description and person specification thoroughly before you apply for any position. You need to be able to prove that you meet the requirements of the role you are applying for, and your application should show how you meet each of the criteria listed as essential for the role.
  • Tailor your application to the role: don’t copy and paste your CV into the supporting statement section. The 'supporting information' section is your opportunity to sell yourself; use it to your advantage. You can include any information here that has not been covered elsewhere on the form. 
  • Make sure your personal information is up to date and make sure you explain any gaps in your work or educational history. 
  • When you have completed your form, make sure you read it through for any errors or omissions before you send it: you cannot make any changes once you have submitted your application.
  • Check the closing date of the vacancy.
  • Don’t forget to check your online account: check your emails and online account regularly as this is the way we will contact you with updates on your application.

Top tips for interview preparation:

Once the advert has closed the recruiting manager will start the process of shortlisting. This may take a few days, depending on the number of applications and should you be successful in being shortlisted you will receive an email with the interview invite.

Preparing for your interview:

Our Trust is all about people and individuality, so we want you to relax and be yourself throughout the recruitment process. Here are some useful tips on preparing for your interview:

  • Think about the questions you might be asked: we base interview questions on the job description, person specification and the information in your application form.
  • Prepare some examples: think of some examples that show how you meet the person specification criteria. Make these brief and to the point.
  • Do your research: it helps to know as much as possible about what the role involves, what goes on at the Trust and in the department that you are applying to.
  • Prepare some questions: Think about what questions you might ask. Don't forget that this is also your chance to see if the role is suitable for you. Don't be afraid to ask questions, for example about the role, the team set up or development prospects.
  • First impressions count: think about your appearance and ensure you look smart. Be friendly but professional, smile, even if you're nervous inside – it helps you to relax and makes you look more approachable and enthusiastic.
  • Plan your travel arrangements: The interview could take place in any of our locations face to face or via a facetime method. Make sure you have the right location, and you know how long it takes to travel there.
  • Avoid distractions: Concentrate - make sure you switch off your mobile phone.
  • Be aware of your body language: make eye contact with everyone in the room. Smiling over introductions will help you to relax and ensure you appear approachable. Don't fold your arms during the interview; it can be seen as negative and gives the impression that you're not interested.
  • This about your answers: Think about how you answer your questions. Try to keep to the point and make sure you are actually answering the question. If you do not have relevant experience of a situation, don't be afraid to say so, but suggest what you would do in that situation or think of another way to demonstrate your ability or the skills they are looking for. Equally, if you don't understand a question, please ask for clarification.

Interview outcome:

Once the interview panel have completed interviews for the position, the recruiting manager will call you to provide you with the outcome. If you are unsuccessful, the hiring manager will call you and provide constructive feedback and outline what went well, and areas for improvement and/or lack of experience, so you are aware of these to help prepare you for a future interview.

Staring at the Trust:

Once you have been successful in securing a position with the Trust, you will receive an email from the recruitment team to complete all the necessary pre-employment checks in line with our legal requirements. Once all checks have been fully completed, you will agree a start date with your new line manager who will prepare a local induction table for you so you have a good overview of your first week with the Trust.

 

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