Spectrum Learn & Develop

Spectrum Learning and Develop is a training subsidiary of Spectrum that offers a range of RCGP courses for the management of substance misuse and associated health.

RCGP in partnership with Spectrum Learn & Develop promotes the well being and recovery of individuals by improving the knowledge and competence of GPs and other healthcare professionals who deliver treatment for substance misuse and associated healthcare within their communities.

Spectrum Learn & Develop also deliver other training courses, for example Making Every Contact Count (MECC) see more…

Spectrum staff enjoy a wide range of benefits, some of the key ones are highlighted below:

Employee Involvement – make a difference

Spectrum is an organisation committed to involving all our employees in the way we run our business. A Staff Engagement Forum, Spectrum Council, is operational and consists of elected members of staff who act as the voice of the employees with links to the Chief Executive and the Board.

Annual Leave Entitlement

On appointment with Spectrum you will receive 27 days holiday, rising to 29 days after 5 years, and after 10 years’ service you will receive 33 days holiday. All entitlements are in addition to bank holidays. Entitlement is pro rata for part time staff.

Staff are also offered the opportunity to either buy or sell some annual leave if they wish. If they buy annual leave the cost of this is deducted in equal instalments for up to 12 months. For staff who sell they receive the cost of this in one lump sum at the start of the annual leave year.

Pay for Sickness Absence

Spectrum offer up to 6 months full and 6 months half pay for staff who are unable to attend work due to sickness absence

Enhanced Bank Rates

Spectrum offer enhanced rates for staff who work bank shifts.

Free Parking

Free parking is available at the majority of Spectrum sites, subject to availability.

NHS Pension Scheme

Most staff are eligible to join the NHS Pension scheme which is an extremely attractive scheme offering fantastic benefits, including life insurance Spectrum contribute 14.38% of your monthly salary. For more details please refer to: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Pensions/Overview.aspx

Most staff will automatically be enrolled in the NHS Pension scheme upon appointment. For staff who are not eligible, e.g. are already in receipt of NHS Pension, they may be eligible to join the NEST stakeholder pension scheme. Details will be confirmed upon appointment to Spectrum.

Life Insurance

This is included in the NHS Pension scheme and is automatically available for scheme members.

Disability Confident

Spectrum is proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident employer which means that we work hard to ensure that people with disabilities are offered equality of opportunity to be employed by Spectrum and develop and progress during employment.

Work/Life balance and support

As a caring organisation, Spectrum has a range of policies that offer support to staff during maternity, paternity and adoption leave. In addition, we have a Special Leave Policy which provides support for Page 3 of 5 staff that need time off work to deal with emergency and unplanned situations e.g. caring for a dependent.

Carers Support – including access to Childcare Voucher Scheme

Spectrum has an agreement with Mid Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust to provide carers and childcare support to all our employees. This could include signposting staff that have caring responsibilities to relevant support.

As part of this, staff can access our Childcare Voucher scheme. This is a salary sacrifice scheme where part of your salary can be exchanged for childcare vouchers. Vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions. The vouchers can reduce the cost of childcare by as much as £1,196 per year. The vouchers cover children up to 16 years old and can be used to pay for a wide range of childcare, including registered private nurseries, registered child-minders and out of-school schemes/holiday schemes.

Salary Sacrifice Lease Car Scheme

South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust administer Spectrum’s lease cars on our behalf. You can apply for a lease car (3 year commitment) and have the costs taken out of your gross pay via a salary sacrifice scheme. For more details please go to: http://nww.swyt.nhs.uk/hr/fleetmanagement/SitePages/FleetManagement.aspx

Cycle to work scheme

Spectrum encourages staff to keep fit and make savings through our cycle to work scheme.

The scheme works by selecting a bike and any safety clothing or accessories, loan them from Spectrum for an agreed length of time and exchange a set amount of your salary each month during the loan period. Reductions are made to your gross salary, so you can make savings on tax and national insurance.

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NHS Discounts

As a provider who delivers services on behalf of the NHS Spectrum staff can access discounts on a wide range of services, days out and holidays. To register please go to: www.healthservicediscounts.com

Blue Light Card

All staff are eligible to apply for a Blue Light Card which provides access to a wide range of discounts with retailers, travel agents and services.

Free eye test and contribution towards glasses

Should your role require you to use the VDU you may be eligible to receive reimbursement of the cost of your eye test and a contribution towards the cost of glasses.

Occupational Health Services

All staff are able to access the services of Occupational Health should they require it. This is a confidential service with a main aim of improving the working lives of our staff.

Occupational health also offers immunisations to patient-facing staff as required. In addition, all staff are offered a free flu vaccination if they wish on an annual basis (either via a flu voucher or attendance at an occupational health clinic).

Staff Counselling

Staff can request to see a counsellor, in confidence, to talk through and receive support on any work related or personal issue, including debt counselling. Staff can receive support via on-line, telephone or face to face.

Health & Wellbeing Group

A group, made up of wide range of staff and managers across Spectrum, is responsible for looking after the health and wellbeing of all our staff. All staff are encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions around health and wellbeing and health checks are offered, together with targeted support to help staff achieve improvements.

Learning & Development Opportunities

Spectrum is Investors In People accredited. This means that we are committed to developing and training our staff and involving them in key decisions that affect the organisation. Spectrum is committed to your personal and professional development. On appointment you will be offered a personalised induction which will be tailored to your needs and that of the role you are in. Our Appraisal Process supports staff in agreeing objectives and assessing performance, coupled with identifying training or development needs for the future. Lastly you will be offered one to one meetings and clinical supervision (where relevant to the role) providing additional support in your role.

Spectrum sponsor staff to access learning to support their career development, e.g. Associate Practitioner course, nurse training etc.