The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust Employee Benefits
About Swindon - No time to be bored!!!!
Apart from the hundreds of things to do in the town itself including award-winning Museums,
Parks, Gardens and Leisure facilities, Shopping and Nightlife Swindon is also located closely to
the Cotswolds and rolling Wiltshire country side.
For further information about Swindon please visit www.swindonweb.com you will be able to find
out everything that is going on in and around the town every day!
On-Site Café / Shop / Cash point Machine
The Trust has three cafés located around the site which are a public canteen with discounted
rates for Trust staff, a newly furbished staff canteen, and a Starbucks situated in the Treatment
We are also very fortunate to have an onsite shop which is stocked with gifts, cards, food, soft
drinks, journals, magazines, national papers, even the lottery! Next to the on-site shop,
conveniently situated is a no-charge cash point machine.
The Hospital site has several picnic areas and is situated next to Coate-Water Park, an idyllic
local beauty spot, where en route you can enjoy staff discount at the Spotted Cow Hungry
All staff are entitled to a minimum of 27 days’ annual leave increasing with length of service.
27days: 0 - 5 years service
29 days: 5 - 10 years service
33 days: 10 years + service
This figure is pro-rata for staff working part-time and is commensurate with the individual
contract of employment issued.
On-site Occupational Health / Staff Support Services
The Occupational Health team aim to promote and maintain the highest possible level of
physical, mental and social well-being of all employees, emphasis being placed on the
prevention of illness. The Department run ‘drop-in’ sessions for all employees.
As a Trust we are also committed to the health and well-being of our staff and run free ‘waste
away’ campaign which is free for all staff. The Waist Away Campaign started in 2005 following a
successful month long campaign called W8Wise@Work. Waist-away offers the Trust & Hospital
workforce, the chance to become fitter, slimmer and healthier.
Education, Training and Development
The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing education and
training where specific needs are identified. No matter where you start, you’ll have access to
further training and the opportunity to stretch your abilities and advance your career.
At the Great Western Hospital we have an on site Academy and Library situated on the ground
floor of the building. Within the Academy we have several seminar rooms. The Trust is
committed to developing its workforce against the needs of the service to provide continually
improving quality health care to patients.
Sarsen Housing Association - Financial assistance for health workers in affording their first
Bromford Housing Group – Cheaper rents for health workers in the centre of Swindon.
Public Buss Pass - A Travel pass is available for all bus users, approximately 25% discount.
For car permit holders there is a free month’s trial available if you wish to try the Bus travel
Cycle Centre – A secure covered area for bikes with lockers and showers. (£10 deposit required
for lockers), adjacent to Commonhead Offices, TGW. *An interest free loan available from
Mitchells Cycles, up to £500.
Child Care / On-site Nursery
Choosing the right childcare is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Your child
is full of potential. Buffer Bear believe we can help you to develop that potential and give your
child a head start in life. At Buffer Bear your child can feel at home, make friends, and develop
as an individual in a safe and caring environment.
We have full time and part time (including school hours) places available for children from three
months to five years. Our discounted Trust rates offer excellent value for money and are fully
inclusive of nappies, formula and freshly cooked meals. We have well considered policies on
equal opportunities, health and safety, and special needs. A range of extra-curricular activities is
available at most Buffer Bear nurseries. But there’s so much more that makes Buffer Bear
Six Penny Nursery – 10% Discount
Sixpenny pride themselves on being the best choice for you and the child! Competitive rates and
offer a 10% discount for Trust staff.
Day Nursery, Baby Nursery and pre-school located in Aldbourne, Devizes and Mildenhall near
Marlborough. Also Day Nursery and Crèche at Cannons in Greenbridge, Swindon. Holiday clubs
available at all locations.
Salary – Sacrifice:
The salary sacrifice scheme is Inland Revenue approved and is advantageous to both tax paying
employees who have parental responsibility, and the Trust. Entry to the scheme commences
when an employee agrees to an alteration to their contract of employment whereby they accept
a place at the nursery in exchange for an equivalent reduction in salary. In doing so the
employee gives up the right to receive (i.e. sacrifices) a portion of his or her salary. In return,
the Trust agrees to pay a corresponding sum to the Buffer Bear Nursery to cover the employee’s
childcare fees. In this way, the employee’s tax and National Insurance deductions are based on
the reduced, post-sacrifice salary.
In accordance with employment law, the Trust operates a generous scheme that allows time off
for each of the above. The Trust operates a Keep in Touch scheme for maternity leavers, help
finding childcare and applying for tax credits. Maternity returnees are also encouraged to
consider applying for flexible working if appropriate.