Benefits for our staff

Working at the Tavistock and Portman brings many benefits. Not only are you part of a unique organisation with a distinctive approach and learning at its heart, there are also a range of tangible opportunities for being part of our staff body.

Cycle to work scheme

In addition to the benefits below we provide dedicated advice, support and information on childcare vouchers, tax credits, carers leave, flexible retirement options, pensions advice and benefits, and maternity and paternity leave issues.

Staff cycle scheme

This is a salary sacrifice scheme where the cost of cycles & cycle equipment is deducted from staff salary every month. All staff directly employed (except bank staff) are eligible to apply.

Childcare vouchers

This is a salary sacrifice scheme whereby childcare vouchers are issued to staff who have children in approved childcare. This includes childminder, nursery, registered nanny, after school clubs and holiday play scheme. 

Eye care vouchers

All staff who use VDU (computer screen) are entitled to an eye test every two years (or less if required by the optician).

There are two types of vouchers available: Eye test vouchers and Spectacles vouchers. The HR team will be able to provide more information on this.

Union membership

Trade Unions represent and campaign on behalf of all groups of staff employed here. Regular campaigns are held in support and in defence of public services and for improved pay and conditions. The unions here provide support and specialist advice to our individual subscribing members.We have a formal recognition agreement with the main health sector trade unions, which currently include: British Medical Association, Managers in Partnership, Royal College of Nursing, Unite, UNISON.

Health services discounts

Previously known as NHS Discounts, this website will help employees find exclusive discounts, good deals and money-saving offers. Staff can save on weekly shopping, major purchases and holidays. For example, Nando's are currently offering 20 per cent off their food if you bring your NHS ID with you.

Flu jab

The Department of Health recommends that all frontline workers in the health service should be immunised against flu every year. The Trust provides this free vaccination to all staff. It is important that as many staff as possible get immunised, as this ensures we protect ourselves, those close to us, our patients and the services we provide.

Prayer facility

The Trust has a multi-faith prayer room available to all members of staff. The room is based on the ground floor (room near the library) and it contains a bed and prayer mats. 

Medical room

Located on the 5th floor of the Tavistock Centre open from 8am to 5pm (6pm on Tuesdays). The café offers breakfast, sandwiches, hot meals and beverages at reasonable prices.

This room is primarily for medical emergencies and as a rest room. It is situated on the ground floor of the Tavistock Centre. It contains a bed, additional first aid supplies and has and adjacent toilet and sink.

Bike racks and showers

There are a number of bike racks available to staff on a first-come-first-serve basis. The racks are located by the main entrance of the Tavistock building and in the underground car park.

Car parking facilities

Limited car parking is available for staff. Payment can be made monthly by direct deduction from your salary.

Recreation club at the Royal Free Hospital

All staff are eligible for membership of the Royal Free Hospital Recreational Club. Staff can make use of a wide range of facilities including: a fitness room, a sports hall, a swimming pool, as well as taking part in other health and fitness activities available at the Club.

Season ticket loan

The Trust offers interest-free loans for annual travel tickets. The loan is repaid over 10 months, by deduction from your pay. There is a 1% charge towards admin costs.

Travel expenses

Staff required to travel as part of their role, can have their travel expenses reimbursed by the Trust.

Staff and student cafeteria

Located on the fifth floor of the Tavistock Centre, our café is open from 8am to 5pm (6pm on Tuesdays). It offers breakfast, sandwiches, hot meals and beverages at reasonable prices.

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