Welcome and Information for New Staff

Congratulations on your new appointment and welcome to Belfast Trust.

We are delighted you are joining the largest integrated Health and Social Care Trust in the United Kingdom. Our vision is ‘to be one of the safest, most effective and compassionate health and social care organisations’ and we firmly believe our staff are integral to helping us realise this vision.

Whether your role brings you into direct contact with patients or not, whichever hospital, community site or department you are joining, you will be playing an important role in our organisation and contributing to the experience that our patients and clients receive whilst in our care.


Your first day

On your first day* you will join us at the Welcome to Belfast Trust event which will be held in the Girdwood Community Hub (10 Girdwood Avenue, Belfast, BT14 6EG).

On arrival at Girdwood you will be met by our Welcome Team who will check you in for the event. Registration opens at 8:45am with the first session starting at 9:30am sharp. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. 

The full day event will be themed around the Trust’s vision of continuously improving the delivery of health and social care to the population of Belfast and across Northern Ireland. You will be introduced to a number of pieces of Statutory/Mandatory Training and you will meet a number of exhibitors who will showcase some of the benefits of working for Belfast Trust.


How to get there

If you are taking public transport you can access the hub from bus stops on the Antrim Road, Cliftonville Road and Crumlin Road. Journey planners and timetables are available on the Translink website. Free parking is available at the site however it is on a first come, first served basis. 

*Please be aware that Belfast Trust now operates a single start date system. You will agree your start date with your line manager. The table below lists the dates available for 2019/2020.

Start date / Welcome Event dates
 01 April 2019  04 November 2019
 07 May 2019  02 Decemver 2019
 03 June 2019  06 January 2020
 01 July 2019  03 February 2020
 05 August 2019  02 March 2020
 02 Septeber 2019  06 April 2020
 07 October 2019  


If you have any questions about the Welcome Event please read our FAQs as they may provide you with answers to your questions.

Local Induction

All new staff must complete a structured local induction within their ward/department on commencement of post.  Local induction will normally begin during your first week of employment and will include role specific training. 

Once you start your new job you will find lots of information for new staff on our intranet hub but until then we wanted to help you get prepared and find your feet by providing you with some early information on this welcome and information site.


Corporate Welcome

Trust Values

Belfast Trust values were developed through extensive engagement with patients, clients and staff. These values are important and reflect the principles by which we should work, guiding our attitudes and behaviour, the decisions that we make and what we expect of one another. We are committed to “living our values” and are recognisable as employees of the BHSCT irrespective of the circumstances in our individual displays of the behaviours which are identified here.

Read more about the Trust Values


*When the first Monday of the month is bank holiday new employees will start on the Tuesday following the bank holiday Monday.