We value all our staff as individuals and promote diversity and equality to develop an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential.

Staff benefits

The Trust has been awarded ‘Practice Status’ for the Improving Working Lives standard. This means that all staff are entitled to work in an organisation that is investing in more flexible, supportive and family friendly working arrangements to improve diversity and develop staff skills to improve patient services. We actively encourage staff to put forward ideas for change to improve our services and all suggestions are considered.

MTW provides a range of benefits to support staff throughout their career, in addition to those offered as standard by the NHS. Benefits of working for the NHS include up to 12 months’ sickness benefit; enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay; shared parental leave, NHS Pension Scheme; ill-health retirement benefit; lease car scheme for eligible staff; and discount schemes (NHS Staff Discounts; Blue Light Scheme; Gym Memberships).

MTW benefits

Working at MTW brings a range of added incentives. These include:

  • Health-related benefits such as free Occupational health service; fast track referrals for physio and other clinical services; Flu and COVID vaccination scheme; Health and Wellbeing checks; Wellbeing lounges; access to mental health first aiders; Employee Assistance Programme including counselling for staff and families; and multi-level psychological support in-house.
  • Travel related benefits: cycle to work scheme and free shuttle bus between Tonbridge Station and Tunbridge Wells Hospital
  • Awards such as Long Service Awards, Employee and Team of the Month Awards, and our Staff Star Awards

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Our approach to building an inclusive culture includes developing communication channels for staff to speak up about any concerns they might have; reverse and reciprocal mentoring programmes; EDI reps supporting the recruitment process; and ring-fenced funding for the career development of minority staff. Our staff networks provide a platform for addressing concerns specific to the group and providing mutual pastoral support to each other.

We have a vibrant LGBT+ Network, a supportive Disability Network, a trailblazing Cultural and Ethnic Minorities Network and newly-formed Senior Women Leaders Network, Autism Support Group, Carers’ Support Group, Parents’ Network and Chronic Pain Support Group. These groups host inclusive events, provide educational sessions for staff outside of the networks and help to shape organisational policy.

If you don’t belong to these minority groups, you can still be part of the networks by being an ally – you just need to be able to listen, support and take action, where necessary, to ensure that people are treated with fairness, kindness and respect.

Your Learning and Development

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is committed to the ongoing development of both its clinical and non-clinical staff, investing in supporting staff on their career and development journeys. Extensive training opportunities are available including apprenticeship and our Exceptional Leaders Programme. Academic centres, lecture theatres and libraries on both our hospital sites promote a positive learning environment where staff can go to study and learn.

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