"When you work for us we don’t just offer you the chance to join our fantastic team, we’ll also throw in some pretty attractive staff benefits too."

Here’s just a few:

On-site occupational health services

Our occupational health team provides a range of services that focusses on your wellbeing at work, including fast track physiotherapy and health screening.

Childcare support

We know that juggling work and childcare commitments can be a challenge for the best of us, that’s why we have a dedicated Childcare Co-ordinator.

  • You can access regular ‘drop in’ clinics throughout your pregnancy or take advantage of our organised play scheme during the school holidays (for children aged 4-14 years).
  • We offer childcare vouchers via a salary sacrifice scheme, which can save you money and make paying for your nursery or childminding care so much easier.
  • We can help with emergency childcare for children aged 0-5 years.
  • We have a keep in touch scheme for staff on maternity, paternity and adoption leave and bi-monthly drops in with the Childcare Co-ordinator for face to face advice.


All of our staff have access to our free emotional and mental health support service Thrive. The service provides a safe and confidential space, and also offers short-term support for up to six sessions to explore difficulties and coping strategies.

Fitness Centre

We have a dedicated staff fitness centre on our Sunderland site which is open Monday to Friday 6am to midnight and Saturday and Sunday 6am -10pm. The gym has just recently been refurbished and includes a fully equipped gym with the latest cardio and weight training equipment, aerobics studio, sauna and steam room, shower and changing facilities and coffee lounge / relaxation area. We offer a very competitive membership package which includes use of the gym and all classes.

Training and Development

We are committed to ensuring a high standard of training and development to all members of staff. We have a regular appraisal system which includes a personal development plan.

We have excellent training facilities and an extensive range of clinical and non-clinical training programmes and management development opportunities, including skills training, NVQ, IM&T, professional development, HR, workshops, health and safety and management development programmes.

Tax free bikes for work

In partnership with Cyclescheme, we offer the opportunity to take advantage of the government's Cycle to Work initiative and purchase a bike via salary sacrifice.

Employee car scheme

You can lease a brand new car via Knowles. In line with the Trust's Green Travel Plan, the types of cars available are limited to CO2 emissions of no more than 155k/mg.

Staff dining facilities

We have a staff restaurant on both of our main hospital sites as well as in the Education Centre and Eye Infirmary, which provide a range of hot/cold meals, snacks, salads, sandwiches, confectionary and beverages.

Staff Lottery

This lottery is open to all staff. In addition to substantial cash prizes the lottery provides income for staff amenities and benefits including Employee Benefits Day.

Discount rail and bus travel schemes

You can make significant savings on both rail and bus travel via our Metro Discount Saver Scheme and Go North East's Buzzfare scheme.

Staff Discount

Working for the NHS means you can enjoy a number of discounts on the high street or online. When you join the team we’ll give you details on how you can sign up and save money.