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Flexible Working

The Trust operates a number of flexible working practices. Below is an overview of some of them.

Annualised Hours

A scheme where the employee agrees a set number of working hours for the year allowing flexibility.

Career Breaks

This scheme allows staff with one year’s service with the Trust to leave the organisation for a specified length of time (minimum three months, maximum five years) with the security of knowing that their job, or the equivalent, will be available on their return to employment.

Flexible hours for parents

Parents who have six months’ NHS service and children under the age of six (or a disabled child under the age of 18) the right to request flexible working. This doesn’t mean that this request must be granted but there is a specific time-related process that a manager needs to follow once a request has been submitted.

Flexible training for Junior Doctors

The Trust encourages Junior Doctors to train flexibly for a variety of reasons including disability or ill health and caring responsibilities for a child, ill/disabled partner or dependent.

Job Shares

This enables the role and responsibilities of a full-time post to be shared between two part-time employees. This is actively encouraged by the Trust.

Sabbatical leave for Consultants

This scheme is used to encourage and promote continuous development of Consultants.  The leave enables them to undertake a project or research related to their current field of work or general management studies.


A scheme where core hours, staffing level and skill mix required hour-by-hour throughout the working day are set and staff are then given the ability to schedule their working day collectively ensuring these requirements are met.

Term-time contracts

This scheme allows an individual to only work during the school term but still have a salary paid in 12 monthly installments.

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