Working for us
The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust (SEHSCT) currently employs approximately 12,500 staff. In order to provide the best possible health and social care for the people we serve, it is essential that the Trust attracts and retains staff who are appropriately qualified, professional in the service they deliver, happy and productive in their work and committed to lifelong learning and developing in their role.
Check the HSC jobs site to search and apply for your ideal job.
Staff are able to take advantage of several benefits. These include:
Trust Terms and Conditions
Trust Terms and conditions are in line with Agenda for Change. This allows the Trust to offer a competitive remuneration package and terms and conditions of employment. Our employment practices and policies adhere to all relevant employment legislation and we are committed to promoting diversity and equality of opportunity in employment for our staff.
Annual Leave and General Public Holidays (separate entitlements apply to Medical & Dental and Senior Executive Staff)
On appointment 27 days plus 10 public holidays
After 5 years’ service 29 days plus 10 public holidays
After 10 years’ service 33 days plus 10 public holidays
HSC Pension Scheme
The HSC pension scheme is an important benefit and membership is voluntary. As a member of the scheme you get a package of benefits. Further information may be obtained from the HSC Pension Service Website.
The Trust offers a wide range of Human Resource Policies & schemes to underpin the value it places on its staff.
Child Care Voucher Scheme
This salary sacrifice scheme is a flexible and easy way to help working parents save money on registered childcare costs.
Social and Leisure Activities
Staff can avail of a number of social and leisure benefits through the following schemes. NHS Discounts provides saving to staff and family through 100s of local and national businesses. Staff Services is an optional membership available to all staff which allows you to avail of special discount rates and promotions.
The Trust offers special leave for caring, maternity, adoption, bereavement and public service. Many of the Trust’s special leave provisions go further than legislative requirements.
The Trust runs Nurseries on the Lagan Valley Hospital and Ulster Hospital Sites. An ‘After Schools Club’ in Lagan Valley and Downpatrick Hospitals offer a high quality after school service.
The Trust provides an annual summer scheme across Downpatrick, Lisburn & Newtownards, accommodating children during the summer months. The scheme is open to all Trust employees’ children aged between 5 and 14 years.
Work Life Balance/Flexible Working Policy
This policy provides staff with the opportunity to apply for a range of flexible working arrangements to enable them to balance home and work commitments and improve their working lives.
Living in the South Eastern Trust
This page will provide you with some key websites about living in and around the city of Belfast and surrounding areas.
For general information try the official site for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. This site contains information about the whole of Northern Ireland as well as information specific to Belfast – Discover Northern Ireland
Belfast City Council website contains lots of information about living in Belfast, including council services and city spaces.
Ards Borough Council web site, where we hope you’ll find useful information about the Council, its services and activities, as well as the latest news and events in the Ards area.
North Down Borough Council website contains lots of information about living in Bangor and the North Down area, including council services and city spaces.
Lisburn City Council website contains lots of information about living in Lisburn including council services and city spaces.
Down District Council website contains lots of information about living in Downpatrick including council services and city spaces.
The Organisation & Workforce Development (OWD) team is responsible for the management and coordination of a range of development activities aimed at building the capacity of the Trust to operate effectively in a challenging environment.
All OWD initiatives aim to ensure that staff are equipped with the necessary clinical, social care, technical, managerial & personal skills to enable them to deliver safe and effective care and to contribute fully to the business of the organisation.
The OWD team provides support and expertise for a range of projects which aim to enhancing the operational effectiveness of the Trust by focusing on the continuous improvement of services.
Leadership and Management Development
A key priority within the Trust is the development of a community of leaders who are fully equipped with the management skills they require to do their jobs. The OWD team offers a growing selection of opportunities for all levels of management.
The OWD team is concerned with the development needs of every member of staff facilitating initial orientation and induction and supporting ongoing development though Elearning and face-to-face training. By maintaining close links with other training providers in both clinical and corporate settings and coordinating resources the OWD team aims to ensure that all aspects of staff skills development are covered.
From December 2015 the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) is introducing a new system of revalidation which will affect all nurses and midwives. Revalidation will replace the ‘Prep’ requirements and seeks to promote professionalism among nurses and midwives.
In order to prepare for revalidation registrants should:
- Register with ‘NMC online’ – by clicking here this will allow you to check the date that you are due to revalidate
- Inform your line manager of your revalidation date
- Plan to attend an information session
- Familiarise yourself with the Revised Code – available by clicking here
- Watch the short information video below
The Code contains the professional standards that registered nurses and midwives must uphold. UK nurses and midwives must act in line with the Code, whether they are providing direct care to individuals, groups or communities or bringing their professional knowledge to bear on nursing and midwifery practice in other roles, such as leadership, education, or research. While you can interpret the values and principles set out in the Code in a range of different practice settings, they are not negotiable or discretionary
Health and Social Care (HSC) Values
Health and Social Care (HSC) Values:
- define how we work with each other and deliver our service
- reflect the overall culture of our organisation
- support our commitment to provide safe, effective, compassionate and person-centred care
“It’s about treating everyone as we would like to be treated.”
Our People Plan is a plan for everyone who works here. It sets out our commitment to each other and how we can work together to continue to deliver the best possible experience and outcomes for our patients, clients and carers.
The People Plan has been shaped and influenced by a number of drivers at national, regional and local levels and by engaging with you, our people.
At individual, directorate and trust wide level, our people plan supports us to be our best, provides opportunity for recovery and renewal and enables us to feel connected, valued and respected making SET ‘A great place to work.’
Follow the link below to find out more about our pledge and our 5 people priorities which will enable us to work together and achieve success that is meaningful to us all.
Click here to view the People Plan.
Investors in People
The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust achieved the prestigious Investors in People standard in May 2011.
The IiP standard provides a framework to help an organisation improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of people.
The South Eastern Trust is committed to to ensuring that all of our people have the right knowledge, skills and motivation to work efficiently. The standard provides a framework against which the Trust can measure and further develop its people processes and approaches.
Meeting the needs of Service Users
Service users and their families can be reassured that the South Eastern Trust operates to externally accredited standards. By investing in our staff we ensure that they have the necessary skills and training to do their jobs and that we can continually improve the service that we deliver.
Meeting the needs of Employees
The Investors in People standard promotes a range of employee benefits, such as:
- A good working environment
- Recognition and development
- Pride in being part of a successful organisation
- Good quality training, learning and development when required
- Improved job satisfaction
- Better communication
- Skill and career development opportunities
- Increased responsibility and involvement
In essence, the South Eastern Trust believe that implementation of the standard fosters the development of a competent and confident workforce who can consistently deliver on agreed clinical, social care and corporate outcomes for the benefit of patients and clients.
Pay Award 2021/2022
You are no doubt aware that the Minister for Health, Robin Swann MLA recently announced a pay award for staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions backdated to 1 April 2021.
This Pay Award has been processed and payments will be made to all staff on Agenda for Change Terms & Conditions in the coming weeks.
In order to help staff with any questions they have regarding the Pay Award and its implementation, a set of Frequently Asked Questions has been created and can be found here.