Career Advice

NHS Employee Benefits


If you’re an overseas doctor relocating to the UK for your first NHS post, you can rest assured knowing that not only will you be joining one of the best healthcare systems in the world, but you’ll also enjoy one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered by any employer in the UK. We’ve written a short article to help you better understand some of the NHS employee benefits available – Take a look!

Pay and Conditions

The NHS offers a fair, transparent and competitive pay structure. As well as being given opportunities to increase your pay through training and development, you’ll also receive pay enhancements for out of hours working, overtime, on-calls etc.

Annual leave

As an NHS employee, you’ll receive a minimum of 27 days of annual leave each year, plus 8 days of public holidays.

As your length of service increases with the NHS, so will your annual leave entitlement!

Finding a work-life balance

As one of the largest employers in the world, the NHS recognises the importance of a healthy balance between work and life for its employees. In 2000, the Improving Working Lives (IWL) initiative was introduced and has since helped in reducing stress, increasing motivation, and improving productivity among staff.

In an effort to help employees find a work-life balance…

  • part time roles and job-share opportunities are often available
  • the NHS will help you with childcare, including nursery care, after school clubs and emergency care where it can
  • if you’re studying for a qualification, raising a family, or juggling other responsibilities, the NHS will do everything they can to combine these commitments with your work
  • you’ll have access to NHS occupational health services, such as counselling.

Career Progression

You’ll have an annual personal development review which is designed to help and support you in planning and achieving your career aspirations.

NHS Pension Scheme

The NHS pension scheme offers excellent benefits for members for when they retire.

When you start your career with the NHS, you’ll automatically be enrolled into the NHS pension scheme. As the scheme is voluntary, you can choose to opt-out should you wish.

Want to know more about the NHS pension scheme? Click here to read our blog.

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Regardless of your length of service with the NHS, all pregnant employees are entitled to up to a year maternity leave. Fathers are entitled to 2 weeks paternity leave – This also applies to same-sex partners.

Shared parental leave may also be a possibility.

To find out more about maternity and paternity leave in the NHS, click here.

Sick Leave

If you are unfortunately absent from work due to illness then you’re entitled to receive sick pay, subject to the conditions of your contract. Sick days will not be deducted from your annual leave entitlement.

Study Leave & Budgets

If you’re in an NHS training post from FY2 and above, you’ll be entitled to paid study leave. The maximum number of days study leave per year is 30 days (for a full time trainee) – Some of these days may be taken up by your specialties mandatory training days. 

In addition to this, you’ll also be allocated a small study allowance, helping to contribute towards the costings of attending conferences and courses.

NHS Discounts

There are a huge range of NHS discounts available, such as money saving deals and vouchers, across a variety of products and services – These include travel and holiday deals, hotel discounts, restaurant deals, clothes stores, mobile phone deals and more!

Our NHS employee benefits blog has been written as a guide. If you have any questions relating to your specific contract and the benefits included, we would recommend speaking with your employers HR department.

Are you an international doctor looking to work in the UK, but not sure how to begin your journey? Contact our team today to discuss your situation, plans and the opportunities available to you in further detail!

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