Terms and Conditions of Employment

With effect from 1 October 2004 National Pay & Terms and Conditions were introduced for all NHS / HSC employees excluding Medical & Dental and Senior Executive posts which is know as Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service.


These arrangements were developed in partnership with relevant Trade Unions and a further agreement was reached to work in partnership to maintain an NHS / HSC Pay System which supports service modernisation and meets the reasonable aspirations of staff.  These terms and conditions will be reviewed as required to take into account any changes to relevant legislation.


Listed below are some of the main terms and conditions for staff employed under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service:



Induction: New staff appointed to the Trust are invited to attend a corporate induction programme. Staff also receive induction to their area of work.


Pay: Each post will be banded depending on tasks required and level of responsibility across a number of core and specific dimensions.  Staff will have access to a range of pay points in each band subject to satisfactory performance.  A copy of April 2010 pay rates is available by clicking here.  Listed below are examples of posts within the Trust and their band/starting band.

  • Clerical Officer – Band 2
  • Personal Secretary – Band 2
  • Home Help & Home Carer – Band 2
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants – Band 2 or Band 3 depending on responsibility and range of duties
  • Support Services Assistant – Band 1
  • Social Worker – Band 6
  • Nurse – Band 5
  • Speech & Language Therapist – Band 5
  • Pharmacist - Band 6 

Working Hours: Full time posts have working hours of 37½ hours for all staff employed under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service.


Annual Leave: Full time staff are entitled to the following levels of annual leave.  For staff who work less than full time hours this leave is pro rata and is calculated in hours.

On Entry - 27 days

After 5 years service - 29 days

After 10 years service - 33 days


Statutory Leave: Full time staff are entitled to 10 statutory and public holidays per year.  For staff that work less than full time hours this leave is pro rata and is calculated in hours.


Sick Leave: Sick pay entitlements are dependent on length of service and it also take into account any period of sickness absence in the 12 months immediately preceding the first day of the current absence. 


Maternity Leave: All employees will have the right to take 52 weeks of maternity leave which may be a mixture of paid and unpaid leave at either statutory or occupational maternity pay rates which is dependent on meeting the relevant eligibility criteria.


Work/Life Balance Policies: The Trust recognises that the opportunity to work flexibly can greatly improve the ability of staff to balance home and work responsibilities.  This in turn benefits the Trust as it enables it to retain skilled staff and to reduce recruitment costs.  The Trust has in place a range of work-life balance and flexible working arrangements:

  • Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Employment Break Scheme
  • Flexi Time Scheme (mainly available to Administrative & Clerical  Staff)
  • Job Share Scheme
  • Special Leave Provisions, e.g. Carers Leave, Parental Leave
  • Unpaid Leave Scheme

The Trust expects that managers will consider all requests to avail of work/life balance policies with a view to achieving a solution which is not, for example, at a detriment to service provision, incur additional costs, etc.  Employees are expected to make reasonable requests and be willing to compromise when necessary.