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Benefits of working at First Community

We believe First Community is a great place to have a career, and develop your potential

A career with First Community offers a variety of extra rewards, benefits, and opportunities to improve your health and wellbeing and to help you achieve a great work-life balance.

Find out more about the benefits available to employees at First Community below. 



Staff wellbeing is one of our key priorities here at First Community and we want everyone to feel valued and supported. Our Employee Assistance Programme provides a range of brilliant services and benefits including financial, legal and health advice, as well as counselling.

The employee assistance programme provides the ‘My Healthy Advantage’ app for all staff to access for many tips and up-to-date features for the purposes of supporting staff wellbeing. This confidential service is available 24/7 for yourself and immediate family.

Find out more here.

We know that well supported and happy staff provide the best care for our patients and the wellbeing of our staff is an important priority at First Community. We hold events across all sites to support, maintain and improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of all employees. The programme also includes a free health check, free flu vaccine and free eye test as well as providing access to many top tips, sources of support & information. (terms and conditions apply).

All staff are eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme which is recognised as one of the most generous pension arrangements in the UK and is a key benefit for NHS employees. An NHS pension includes life assurance benefits, voluntary and flexible retirement benefits, ill health benefits and a range of other benefits.

First Community offers generous annual leave entitlement above the statutory minimum, subject to a qualifying length of service within the NHS. NHS employees are entitled to up to 27 days a year annual leave plus eight public and general holidays, pro rata for part time staff. After five and ten years, this then increases this then increases up to a maximum of 33 days plus public and general holidays.

We offer a generous scheme that allows time off for each of the above, including a 'Keep in Touch' scheme.

We believe First Community is a great place to have a career and develop your potential. We are committed to the personal development of all our staff and offer several training courses to advance their learning. Personal development plans are tailored to suit you, including training to become a specialist nurse. 

A welcome benefit payment totalling £2,000 is available for employees appointed into certain roles. (terms and conditions apply).

We offer HCAS for all employees based or working within the M25, in line with agenda for change terms and conditions (terms and conditions apply).

All staff are eligible to apply for a Blue Light Care and Health Service Discounts for many online and in store brands.

Have your say in the way First Community works. You have the option to have a share in our organisation being represented at Board level by our Council of Governors and opportunity to attend our annual general meeting.

We offer a variety of flexible working opportunities to all staff, information on this can be provided upon request.

All staff have access to an internal Occupational Health Service which can be accessed via manager or self-referral. 

All employees get a half day of birthday leave per year (in addition to their standard annual leave entitlement), this can be used to celebrate on your special day or another time throughout the year.

First Community has Wagestream, a financial wellbeing platform that gives you access to a toolkit of simple-to-use financial products and services that can help you to feel more in control of and better rewarded for the money you work so hard for.

Key features:

  • Stream a percentage of your pay directly into your personal account
  • Track exactly how much you are earning throughout the month
  • Build a savings fund straight from your salary
  • Access impartial and tailored financial tips to help you manage your money better.

The employee referral scheme was introduced to encourage employees to recommend their friends and family, who have the skills we need, to apply to come and work for First Community.

The referral bonus amount is £250 and will be subject to usual tax and national insurance deductions. It will become payable when the new employee starts in their role.

* Terms and conditions apply

Salary sacrifice benefits which could help staff to spread the cost of a bike purchase.

Race Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage (REACH) and Neurodiversity staff networks