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This is the place that looks after its own

Our benefit offerings include health and wellness, financial planning tools, flexible working and more!

We strive to provide our colleagues with the best rewards and incentives, going above and beyond the NHS standard. Here is a list of benefits you won’t find anywhere else:

Health and Wellbeing

Colleagues across the Northern Care Alliance are entitled to 4 hours of protected time, on top of their existing annual leave entitlement, to spend on wellbeing activities.

Learning and Development

We are the only NHS organisation in the UK to receive a prestigious national award for exceptional commitment to learning and development.

Real Living Wage Employer

We ensure all our colleagues earn a wage that meets the costs of living, not just the government minimum. This is a voluntary commitment that we feel really passionate about.

Armed Forces

We have been recognised by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme as a Gold Standard, Forces-Friendly employer. We hold Veteran Aware status and accept Defence Discount cards in all of our onsite restaurants and cafes.

Flexible & Agile Working

We are committed to supporting flexible working for our people wherever possible and give all NCA employees an opportunity to discuss potential for flexible working at any point in their career.

Our benefits


Our benefits

We want our colleagues to be supported every day, in every way. Below you will find a glossary of rewards and benefits we offer across the Northern Care Alliance to help our people to thrive inside and outside work.


You will receive a generous holiday and annual leave entitlement. 35 days as standard per year (including bank holidays, based on full-time hours). 37 days after five years of continuous service, rising to 41 days after 10 years. There are also options to purchase up to 4 weeks additional leave, subject to line manager approval.

Colleagues can enjoy high quality, nutritious food across all of our sites. Our restaurants frequently change and update their menu and cater to a range of dietary requirements. We also have healthy vending machines installed to provide out of hours food options for colleagues working late shifts.

If you choose to travel by bike, we have secure bike stores. Shower facilities, Amazon designated pick up points and 24-hour library services.

Inclusive Employer

We want to give veterans, reservists and their families every opportunity to build a fulfilling career with us. We proactively demonstrate our forces-friendly credentials within our recruitment and selection processes, by having a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for those indicated as part of the Armed Forces Community. We’re also an active member of the Step into Health charity and promote positive armed forces policies, as part of our gold defence employer recognition status.

The NCA is committed to inclusive recruitment and is proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you have a disability or long term health condition, we can provide reasonable adjustments to your job role, working practice or environment to support you to undertake your work duties safely and effectively. We also provide support at application stage and provide guaranteed interviews when all essential job criteria has been met.

We are proud to be a Living Wage accredited employer. Our people are our biggest asset and we feel strongly about paying colleagues a fair wage that meets the real cost of living in the UK.

We are the first NHS trust to become a Member of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter. This membership recognises our commitment to fostering positive employment practices, such as secure and flexible work, pay equality, engagement and voice and recruitment, among others.

We are committed to addressing the structural inequalities that exist in public service. We actively use trained cultural ambassadors in our HR processes to help identify any discrimination and cultural bias that may take place. This includes recruitment and disciplinary processes involving ethnic minority staff.

Our Staff Networks were established to support members of staff in their working lives and to promote awareness of equality and inclusion within the Trust. We currently have 3 Staff Networks which support LGBTQ+, BAME and Disability.

Training and Education

The NCA has two simulation suites (Oldham and Salford) which are accessible by all staff within the Trust. The facilities include a two bayed simulation ward, a one bay simulated acute setting, an adaptable simulation room (acute or ward) and a simulated GP consultation room.

We work in partnership with Manchester Medical School to develop excellent doctors for the future. Our Medical Education Centre is home to four teaching labs, a high-tech state of the art situation suite and we a 24-hour library. As well as supporting Medical Students on attachment, we also offer excellent educational and clinical experience for nursing, midwifery and therapy students and Foundation Doctors.

We have a strong research-ethos. Our Research and Innovation Department is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading centre for clinical trials and other studies, with more than 600 projects carried out each year.

As one of the largest NHS organisations in the country, we have experience facilitating a succession of healthcare professionals to return to registered practice following a career break.

Leadership and Development

We have a wide range of resources to support leadership development. This includes a two-day in person NCA Accelerated Leader Development programme, a Virtual Campus of leadership tools and resources (including a 5,000 strong learning community) and an 18-month Frontline Leader Apprenticeship. On top of this, we also provide colleagues access to Regional and National Leadership Development Programmes, and relevant online workshops and seminars.

Apprenticeship opportunities are open to all colleagues, at all levels in their career. As an apprentice, you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical exposure and build-on your experience from day one. You can benefit from leading training and development opportunities and enjoy a wide variety of career paths to explore.

At a crossroad in your career? Or would you like some support identifying key priorities and refocusing your thoughts? We can help you to find a coach / mentor to elevate your development. We also offer supervision and continuous professional development for people already trained as a coach.

We provide rotational programmes for Nurses, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist. Our rotations offer many benefits, such as developing confidence and competence in different areas, developing into a flexible and dynamic employee, building resilience and developing leadership capabilities, providing an opportunity to explore and gain an understanding of different areas, developing a strong skill set while clarifying your future career pathway.

The opportunity to transfer internally across the NCA is open to all band 5 & 6 clinical colleagues seeking a sideways transfer in their career.

Travel, Transport and Accommodation

Parking permits are available. If you are a hybrid worker or occasional site visitor, you can opt for vouchers, which means you only pay when you park (not deducted a set fee each month). Colleagues working during night-time hours can park in any NCA hospital staff car parks at no charge between 7.30pm to 8am.

There are a number of different commuting options available for all of our work locations. Greater Manchester has brilliant public transport networks, and all our hospital sites are located at strategic junctions which allow our people more options when getting to and from work. We encourage active and sustainable commuting wherever possible and have can support colleagues with their journey planning via public transport.

We can provide temporary one-bed and two-bed accommodation (subject to availability) across our Oldham and Salford sites. Accommodation is limited and may be restricted to the recruitment and retention of select professional groups.

We compensate new employees with relocation expenses if they have travelled more than 50 miles to start a career with us.
The relocation package is available to limited roles. If available, this will be stated within the job advert.

Health and Wellbeing

Colleagues across the Northern Care Alliance are entitled to four hours of protected time, on top of their existing annual leave entitlement, to spend on wellbeing activities.

S.C.A.R.F is a wrap-around programme, unique to the NCA, which supports our employees to look after their physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. This programme is led by our colleague experience team, and is frequently refreshed with the latest practical resources and information.

We have an in house Occupational Health Service which is there for colleagues to access to seek support across a range of areas such as mental health and physiotherapy. You can also access travel and flu vaccinations.

We have a Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care centre and faith rooms across the NCA. Whether you need somewhere quiet to sit and think, say prayers privately or join an organised activity, everyone is welcome. This provides a non-judgemental, compassionate, and confidential support.

We provide free complementary therapy such as aromatherapy, massage, reflexology and reiki therapy to all colleagues.
The therapies are designed to reduce stress and anxiety and empower individuals by providing them with self-help techniques which can be used in future.

The Mental Health Champion programme aims to reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental health, by raising awareness and prioritising wellbeing within our teams. Colleagues can either sign up to become a Mental Health Champion, or reach out via the Champion network to access the right support when they need it.

We know work-life balance is very important. We always try to accommodate flexible working that suits your needs and the requirements of the service, through arrangements such as annualised hours, home working, compressed hours, special leave, career breaks, and flexible retirement. Where possible, we support agile or remote working, as well as hot desking.

Family Friendly Employer

We know juggling work and childcare can be a challenge. We offer flexible working, carers leave and parental leave. We also offer maternity, paternity and adoption leave, as well as providing guidance on childcare and tax credits.

We have onsite nurseries available at Oldham (Teddies Nursery) and Salford (Holyrood Nursery), and lots of local nurseries within a short distance from Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield General Hospital.

We provide enhanced pay with eight weeks full pay and 26 weeks half pay, plus additional support if complications arise.

We want colleagues undergoing fertility treatment, to feel better supported in work, and no longer have to choose between their careers and starting a family. Understanding the stress fertility procedures and complications may cause, we have partnered with Fertility Network UK to deliver a range of awareness sessions around fertility support. We also have a fertility policy in place so colleagues undergoing treatment are managed fairly and compassionately.

We have a comprehensive Employers for Carers Support Pack which includes a range of guidance and advice on matters around finances, Trade Union support and flexible arrangements in your role, as well as an access code for NCA to the Carers UK digital platform of support and resources.

Financial Perks

By joining us, you’ll get access to hundreds of discounts and perks from retailers, restaurants, and more across the UK through the Blue Light Card, and Health Service Discounts.

We contribute 20% of your salary towards your pension, and your contribution varies based on your salary. You can check your contribution levels on the NHS Employers site.

We also offer flexible retirement options for colleagues aged 55+ who may wish to draw down their pension benefits and supplement their income ahead of retirement.

For a fixed monthly amount, you can lease a brand-new car through the trust. There are hundreds of cars available through the scheme presenting different affordable options. If you qualify for car leasing, everything is included in the monthly amount such as insurance, road tax, replacement tyres, servicing, MOT and breakdown.

Many people find managing their money a daunting and stressful task. Through salary finance, you can get affordable loans repaid through your salary. This presents an alternative to credit cards and overdrafts, which could be used to cover an unexpected expense or to help you achieve your long-term financial goals.

Free eye test vouchers are available to colleagues for use at Specsavers UK stores.

We provide emergency financial aid for staff who find themselves in unexpected crises.

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