Staff Benefits

Working at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust brings with it many staff benefits.

Staff Wellbeing

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust recognises that the health, wellbeing and capability of its staff is a key enabler to achieving its vision and values that focus on delivering safe, effective, high quality care to its service users. 

We aim to support you in any way we can which is why we have an agile and inclusive wellbeing offer, dedicated employee health and wellbeing service, and Employee Assistance Programme.

We have integrated one-to-one wellbeing inductions and annual wellbeing conversations with colleagues and their managers into our framework in order to openly discuss how we can best support your wellbeing at work.

Our wellbeing leads and contacts

Joanne Harrison –Director of People and OD

Katherine Duke – Deputy Director of People and OD

Sarah Heys – Wellbeing at Work Lead

Employee Health and Wellbeing – or ext.4401

HR – or ext.4879

Mental Health and Wellbeing

We offer a range of support and resources around mental wellbeing, including our Employee Health and Wellbeing services.

Our dedicated staff clinical psychologist offers therapeutic input to difficulties such as work-related stress, post-traumatic symptoms, interpersonal difficulties, anxiety and depression. This is a confidential, self-referral service and sessions are tailored to individual need.

Physical Wellbeing

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust boasts lots of green space and nature where you can go walking and have outdoor meetings. We also have our wellbeing garden which is a quiet and tranquil area for relaxing on breaks.

Colleagues are entitled to fast-track referrals to Employee Health and Wellbeing including in-house physiotherapy services.

Flexible Working Opportunities

We know that not everyone can work in the same way, so we offer flexible working to staff across the organisation to improve work-life balance.

There are a range of options available:

  • Formal flexi scheme

  • Part-time working

  • Job share

  • Compressed hours

  • Career break

  • Working from home

  • Flexible retirement

Staff Networks

We are committed to creating a fairer and more diverse workplace that represents the communities we serve. We have four staff networks (gender, race equality, LGBTQ+, disability) which offer a safe place for people to come together to share experiences, tackle issues and help us to become a better, more inclusive employer.

Airedale Hospital and Community Charity Staff Wellbeing Fund

The official Airedale NHS Foundation Trust Charity has a dedicated staff wellbeing fund, which colleagues can apply to, to fund things that will improve wellbeing and boost morale within the Trust.

In the past, the wellbeing fund has purchased items such as water coolers, water bottles for all members of staff, and sofas for staff rest areas.

Annual leave

For staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions (all staff excluding medical staff), annual leave entitlement is as follows:

Length of serviceAnnual Leave plus Bank Holidays
On appointment27 days plus 8 days
After 5 years' service29 days plus 8 days
After 10 years' service33 days plus 8 days


The NHS pension scheme is one of the best in the country.  As a member you get a package of pension benefits which are guaranteed by law when you become entitled to them.  This includes:

  • A pension and tax free lump sum when you retire

  • Life assurance cover of twice your annual pay

  • Redundancy benefits

  • Options to increase benefits

  • Family benefits

For more information about pension benefits contact the finance department on 01535 294933 or visit

Staff Lottery

The Airedale NHS Foundation Trust Staff Lottery is run by Airedale Hospital and Community Charity and is open to all permanent employees at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. From £1 per line per month, you could be in the chance of winning a cash prize! 50% of the prize fund available goes into the charity’s Staff Wellbeing Fund for improving staff wellbeing at Airedale.

Pride of Airedale Awards

We love to celebrate people across our organisation who go above and beyond in their role. The Pride of Airedale awards rewards those who do an exceptional job, whatever it is. All winners are nominated by their colleagues, and anyone can submit a nomination for anyone.

The main awards take place annually and there are ten categories including colleague of the year, unsung hero, and team of the year.

Salary sacrifice schemes

Salary sacrifice schemes allow you to purchase benefits from your pay packet before it is taxed – potentially saving you hundreds of pounds each year.

NHS Fleet Solutions

Cost effective car leasing scheme to the NHS and wider Public Sector. Contact tel: 08448 118 228 or visit for more details. Lease a car directly from your wage each month, you will incur no Income Tax and National Insurance deductions on the benefit.

Childcare vouchers

Tax and National Insurance saving. Contact tel: 01535 294092 or email:

Nightingales Day Nursery

Onsite childcare provision. Contact tel: 01535 294092 or email:

Cycle to Work 

Our bike leasing schemes allow you to stay fit while saving on a bike or e-bike and accessories. You pay nothing upfront and the payments are taken tax efficiently from your salary.

Car parking

Car parking onsite at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. Please contact the payroll department for further details.


A range of discounts for various shops and companies are available exclusively for people that work within the NHS, including Health Service Discounts, NHS Staff Benefits and Blue Light Card.

Local Discounts

Company Shop – As an NHS employee, you can apply to become a member of Company Shop.

They take surplus products that are perfectly good to eat or use, and sell them in their stores to members at great value prices.

Apply here:

Our nearest location is: Wentworth Way, Wentworth Industrial Estate, Tankersley, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3DH.

Costco – offers an individual membership package to current or retired NHS employees.  Membership is for a 12 month period from the date of purchase at a price of £33.60. Membership cards are valid at any Costco warehouse worldwide.

Apply at:

Our nearest location is: Leathley Road, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 1BG