Working with us
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
When it comes to inclusion, we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk. Inclusion is a value that is lived not just by words but by our actions and culture we create.
To us, the diversity of our people is a strength that enables us to achieve the high ambitions we set ourselves. So, we work hard to unlock talent and break down any structural inequalities that may still exist within public service. After all, we know that in order to attract the best people, we need to value and reward them fairly. And, only by doing so, will we ensure that we provide the highest quality care equally to all our patients, across the diverse communities we serve.
Our empowering culture aims to enable everyone to bring their whole selves to work and enjoy the support and confidence needed to develop and grow. To ensure this, we are clear on discrimination. We have zero tolerance of any sort of racial abuse whenever and wherever it arises, directly or indirectly. We’re also a pledged employer to the Time for Change social movement, committing to end mental health discrimination in the workplace. It is our duty to enrich the lives of our patients and service users and only by becoming a better and more equal place to work, will this be possible. We commit to change attitudes, educate others, develop resources and encourage staff to speak up and speak out when they feel they are being treated unfairly.
We’re proud of our track record to date and the fact that we’ve been included in the Top 50 most Inclusive UK employers’ list. While we have a lot to celebrate though, we will never become complacent. We are continually working to raise the bar and make sure that inequalities are never a barrier to our people, patients, carers, or volunteers.
As part of the Northern Care Alliance, you will join a vast network of clinical professionals from different nationalities over the globe. We want everyone who joins our organisation to feel welcome and supported from day one. Here are some of the things we have in place to ensure everyone can work at their best:
- Prayer rooms - All our hospitals have a variety of prayer rooms to accommodate different religions. These include: Chapels, Muslim Prayer Rooms, Quiet Rooms, Jewish Shabbos Room and Oasis Multi-Faith rooms.
- Hospital cafes and restaurants – Our catering services are dedicated to providing staff and patients with an exceptional service whilst in our hospitals. We provide a range of menus to meet the dietary and nutritional needs of all our staff and patients. Our hospitals also provide special diets for religious and cultural reasons, such as: Halal prepared in strict halal conditions, Kosher prepared under the supervision of the Manchester and London Beth Din and is Kedassia approved.
- Staff Networks – We have staff networks dedicated to amplifying the voices of our LGBTQ+, BAME, and Disabled colleagues. Ran by volunteers, the staff networks provide an important platform for our people and students. The networks are in place not only to support staff, but to ensure we are creating a better environment and better experience for all our NCA Family.
- Manchester – The UK is a multi-faith society and Manchester is home to diverse mix of religions and faiths. Whether it’s a mosque, Catholic Church, Irish community, Sikh, our people can access strong religious communities and groups
This is a place where place matters. We’re committed to improving the life opportunities, inclusion, social mobility and health and wellbeing of our local population. By 2020 the NCA commits to recruit over half of its workforce from the communities we serve. We know there is strong evidence linking decent work with good health. By employing local people we are supporting our local economy and infrastructure. This is our social value and anchor mission.
We know that for many, a small taste of what it’s like to work in healthcare is enough to raise their aspirations and fuel a desire to work in the NHS.
This is why our Widening Participation Team are dedicated to building a programme of work to target pockets of our community who would benefit from additional help to access opportunities. Our aim is to support these individuals to gain paid employment, learn new skills or simply gain exposure to the world of healthcare.
We hope that by reaching-out and connecting in this way, we can start to raise awareness of the many career opportunities available within the NHS and begin to build bridges with our future workforce.
Here at the Northern Care Alliance we are committed to providing volunteering opportunities for people who are passionate about giving back to their local community.
As a volunteer we require your positive energy, skills and commitment to enhance the experience of our patients, visitors and staff. In turn, volunteering will give you a chance to meet new people, learn new skills, gain experience in the workplace and help to give you a sense of pride and fulfilment.
We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities available across all of our hospital sites as well as our community services. To find out more, please follow:
Bury, Rochdale or Oldham: https://www.pat.nhs.uk/get-involved/volunteer.htm
Explore a place where future careers are made possible. If you’re at school or college, aged 14 or over and are considering a career in healthcare, then join us up to one-week on Work Experience. You’ll be able to gain a real sense of what it’s like to work in a health care setting and have the chance to decide whether it’s the right career path for you.
Our placements are in very high demand. So, if you are interested in joining us for a week, please get your application in early to avoid disappointment. Please note that priority is given to those who live or are being educated within our NCA postcode areas.
Our Commitment to Armed Forces
n 2018, we proudly signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging to support the armed forces community and treat all those with military experience and backgrounds fairly across our organisation. We also pledged to support the family, partners and spouses of those serving.
Due to our work with the armed forces community, we have been awarded Silver on the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, by showing our commitment to:
- Providing support for service personnel issues
- Employing members of the armed forces community
- Establishing a human resources policy with suitable procedures
- Being flexible with regards to training and mobilisation of all reservists and veterans
We value our reservists, veterans and cadets and would welcome those who serve or have served (and their families) to consider us an employer. Our reservists and veterans work in a variety of roles across our Care Organisations and are not solely medical and nursing staff. The transference of skills between the NHS, the reservist themselves in terms of personal development and the armed forces, are mutually beneficial. We recognise that reservists and veterans are well motivated, self-disciplined as well as skilled in communication, teamwork and leadership – all qualities valued by our organisation, and the NHS more broadly.