Staff wellbeing, rewards and benefits

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Our health and
wellbeing offer

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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.

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, NHS pension and annual leave

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

Annual leave

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

Length of service Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays
On appointment 27 days plus 8 days
After 5 years’ service 29 days plus 8 days
After 10 years’ service 33 days plus 8 days

NHS pension scheme

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

Our Nightingales Day Nursery

We have an onsite nursery which can be used by parents and grandparents, and other family members working here at Airedale Hospital.

Please follow this link to find out more about our day nursery

Childcare support service

Childcare support service

Whether you are expecting a new baby, your children are about to start school or you need some extra support during the school holidays, the Childcare Support Service can help.  We can offer you support, information and advice on:

  • Keep in Touch Scheme
  • Financial Support
  • On-site nursery (LINK)
  • Childminders
  • Holiday playschemes
  • Occasional childcare

The Childcare Support Service offers all NHS staff in Bradford & Airedale a range of advice and support.

For further information contact us on: 01274 228321



Onsite Nursery 

We have an onsite nursery which can be used by parents and grandparents, and other family members working here at Airedale. For further information please see the Nightingales Day Nursery tab.

Adoption Information

The Childcare Support Service is happy to support you with information on financial entitlements for working parents and what childcare options are available for you.  Please contact the Childcare Support Service (details above) for an individual session.

Other staff benefits

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.

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.

Staff and NHS Discounts

NHS Discounts

A range of discounts for various shops and companies are available exclusively for people that work within the NHS, including Health Service Discounts, NHS Discount offers, 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. You can apply here

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

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.


Welcome to Airedale NHS Foundation Trust residential accommodation.

The Trust, in partnership with Your Housing Group, offers accommodation for single people, couples and families. We have four bedroom shared flats – each person has their own bedroom with en-suite facilities.  We also have one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom self-contained flats and three bedroom mews houses.  Cars may be parked in the car park adjacent to the accommodation for a small weekly/monthly charge.

For more information please contact the Trust accommodation office on 01535 294531 (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm).

Rents and bonds

Type of accommodation Cost per month Bond
Single (shared flat) £474.79 £475
1 bedroom self-contained flat £547.22 £548
2 bedroom self-contained flat £627.61 £628
3 bedroom self-contained flat £668.20 £669
3 bedroom mews house £713.18 £714

The monthly rent for the shared flat includes council tax, heating, electricity and water costs. A cleaning service Monday – Friday (except Bank Holidays) to the communal areas within the flats is also included in the monthly rent.

Self-contained flats and houses – The rent for the self-contained flats and houses does NOT include council tax, gas, electricity and water costs and therefore payment of these remains the responsibility of the tenant.

Items to bring

  • Double duvet (junior doctors employed by the Trust are provided with this)
  • Pillows (junior doctors employed by the Trust are provided with these (two))
  • Duvet covers (double bed size)
  • Sheets (double bed size)
  • Pillowcases
  • For family accommodation only – duvets and pillows for single beds plus single bed sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases
  • Towels
  • Cleaning materials
  • Washing-up liquid, dish washer powder and washing powder
  • Telephone to connect to land line, if required
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet rolls


What is the minimum let?
Six months but we are open to negotiation.

 What about bonds?

A bond is required and is paid into a bond account which is a legal requirement. The bond is refundable when you leave subject to everything being left in a satisfactory state.

Will I need a reference check?

Yes. We will need a reference check from a previous landlord if you have had one, an employer reference and a character reference.  An application form is available here.

Can I bring a pet?

No pets are allowed.

Do you offer single sex accommodation?

Yes. If requested and available.

If a problem occurs within the accommodation what do I do (eg. shower not working)?

During Your Housing Group office opening hours, please ring their reception. Outside opening hours, please follow the instructions found in the green file in each flat.

Staff inclusion groups

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.

You can find out more about our staff inclusion groups and how to join them

International nurses

A dedicated NHS careers hub is also available for internationally recruited nurses featuring stories from colleagues at different stages of their career and specialist resources to support individuals to stay and stay well.