Staff Benefits

Warm welcome, progressive policies, excellent benefits

With hospitals and facilities across Belfast, the Trust is at the very heart of what is fast becoming a sophisticated cosmopolitan city, renowned for its reputation of a warm welcome.

The Trust offers its staff an excellent range of work and leisure benefits, helping everyone enjoy life just that little bit more.

Range of Benefits:

Improving Working Lives:

Attractive Terms and Conditions

The Trust offers attractive terms and conditions of service, including special leave and annual leave in excess of the statutory entitlements. Details of leave entitlement is available by contacting our Human Resources department on telephone 02890 636105.
The Trust is currently developing a Reward and Recognition Policy that gives details of many of the ways in which we actively value staff.  

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Annual Summer Scheme

Provided at 3 venues across the Trust the scheme accommodates over 300 children during the summer months. It operates Monday to Friday 7.45 am to 5.45/6.00 pm. during July and August and is open to all Trust employee’s children aged between 5 and 14 years.

Chaplaincy and Places of Worship

The chaplaincy team consisting of 5 full and 26 part-time chaplains provide support and pastoral care, not only for patients but also for staff. Working in a healthcare environment can be difficult at times for staff, and the chaplains are available to offer spiritual, religious and pastoral help and support to anyone who want it.
Places of worship or quiet rooms are available on all the main hospital sites

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Childcare Vouchers

Childcare vouchers are available to all Trust staff and are a way of paying for registered childcare. Vouchers up to a value of £55 per week are exempt from Tax and National Insurance Contributions so offer potential savings for working parents who use them to pay for registered childcare.


A range of counselling services are available to help you through any difficulties that may be affecting your working life among them are:

  • Staff Care - A free and confidential counselling service is available for all our staff through StaffCare Services.
  • Domestic Abuse Support Service - Recognising that home and work issues cannot always be separated and domestic abuse or violence can impact greatly on the working life of someone who is being abused, the Trust provides a free and confidential Domestic Abuse Support Service for Staff.

Healthcare Services

All Trust employees have access to the confidential and impartial services of a team of occupational health professionals made up of medical, nursing, clinical psychology, physiotherapy and administrative staff.

The service is committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of all employees and offers a wide range of services including pre-employment screening, health surveillance, provision of immunisations and vaccinations, sickness absence assessments and rehabilitation programmes.

Pension Scheme

The HSC pension scheme is an important and valuable benefit. Membership is voluntary, but as a member of the scheme you get an excellent package of benefits, protected against inflation and guaranteed by the Government.

Shuttle Bus Service

The free shuttle bus service operates between the Royal and BCH sites and it can be used by Belfast Trust staff and clinical students working or studying on any of the Trust’s sites. If the service is very busy, priority for places is given to Belfast Trust staff and to patients with appointments on either site. Belfast Trust staff will be required to show a staff identification badge, students will need to show a current ID card issued by their university.

Social and Leisure Activities

Staff can avail of a number of social and leisure benefits through these schemes:

Medic Care Staff Benefit Scheme is absolutely free to join and provides savings to staff and family through 100s of local and national business which offer guaranteed discounts not available to the general public.

Staff Services is an optional membership available to all staff which allows you to avail of special discount rates and promotions

Improving Working Lives

Work Life Balance -Flexible Working

The Trust offers flexible working conditions, enabling you to meet different priorities and interests at different stages in your career. A range of 8 Work Life Balance Flexible Working Arrangements is available for staff to enable them to better manage their work life balance.

Special Leave

We offer special leave for caring, paternity, adoption, bereavement and public service. Many of the Trusts special leave provisions go further than legislative requirements and all staff, not just those with parental responsibilities are eligible to apply.

Workforce Health

The Trust is currently developing a programme to Improve Workforce Health and in particular develop strategies to address mental health issues.

Cycle to Work

Cycling is a great way to commute, get fit and feel good. As well as saving you money on fuel costs, parking and wear and tear on your car. The Trust’s Cycle to Work Scheme allows any member of staff to sacrifice part of their salary in return for a bicycle and safety equipment. By joining the scheme, you are likely to save between 30-40% (depending on your tax bracket) on the retail price of the bike and equipment through Tax and National Insurance exemptions.

Car-sharing Scheme

Car-sharing can save you money. Have a look at It is free to join our scheme and find others travelling the same way as you. And it’s totally flexible; you agree how often it would suit you to share. The scheme is open to car owners and non car owners. The typical commuter who car shares every day saves around £800 per year.


Walking all or part of your journey has a number of benefits, it’s free and it decreases levels of illness and reduces feelings of stress. Walking also increases energy levels and a sense of well-being.

Public Transport Schemes

Taking the bus to work could be another option through TaxSmart. This is the name of Translink’s annual bus travel card also available through an employer salary sacrifice scheme. With TaxSmart you can also save money on Income Tax and National Insurance contributions by paying for your bus travel directly from your salary. You can save up to 31% on your annual bus travel. This is in addition to any discount you may already be receiving for bus travel.

If getting the train is easier for you then the Train Saver Scheme could be the option for you. This allows Belfast Trust to purchase annual NIR tickets on behalf of staff thus facilitating monthly/weekly payments to the Trust.