Trusts need to highlight non-salary benefits of NHS employment, conference hears

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 18 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7486
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1Liverpool

NHS trusts should be more like supermarkets and proactively “sell” the non-pay benefits that come with the job, delegates to the NHS Employers annual conference in Liverpool were told this week.

Communicating the “total reward” package, which includes components such as learning and development opportunities and sabbaticals, was particularly important during an era of extensive cost cutting, and a pressing need to increase staff engagement to boost patient outcomes and productivity, experts claimed.

Aidan Crossey, total reward development lead for NHS Employers, which has just published a briefing on the issue and is poised to start a pilot on it next summer, said that total reward was “very firmly on the NHS agenda,” featuring in the NHS Operating Plan for 2011-12 and echoed in NHS Constitution pledges to staff.

“Up to 20% of the …

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