Your benefits

NHS Blood and Transplant offers a range of great benefits.

These are just some of the reasons why our people love working here.

Pay and starting salary

We offer competitive rates of pay and our reward and recognition systems operate in an equitable, fair, transparent and objective way.

Our pay scales include incremental progression (where your salary increases progressively through the salary steps within your grade). New employees normally start at the bottom of the appropriate grade, although the recruiting manager can recommend a higher starting salary by taking into account relevant skills and experience.


As soon as you start with us, you’ll automatically become a member of the NHS Pension Scheme, if eligible. This is a defined benefit scheme and is not dependent on investment returns.

Further details and an outline of the full benefits

If you are not eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme, we’ll provide an alternative.

Annual leave

We appreciate there's more to your life than working, and we actively encourage our employees to make the most of their holiday allowances. We have a generous annual leave entitlement of 27 days per year, rising to 29 days after 5 years service and 33 days after completing 10 years service. In addition you will be entitled to 8 bank holidays per year. Leave is pro-rata for part-time workers.

If you’ve been employed by the NHS before joining NHS Blood and Transplant, your previous service is counted towards your higher leave entitlement.

Training and career development

Shine: Passport to Development is the umbrella term used for the learning and development strategy at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). It encompasses all the ways that NHSBT is supporting staff to 'shine' and excel in their job roles.

The Shine: Passport to Development is open to all employees at every level regardless of job title. We have experts located across the country to help you with your developmental needs either individually or for your team.

Work/life balance

We are committed to creating a working environment where you can successfully balance your working and home lives. We understand that traditional work patterns don’t suit everybody and that an individual’s needs vary greatly over the course of a career.

We aim to be as flexible as possible, considering options that include variable hours and part-time working. We also provide assistance with childcare vouchers and carer support.

There’s support and advice available to you regarding health and wellbeing, including flu vaccinations, physiotherapy sessions, occupational health support and reasonable adjustments where required. You can also use our Employee Assistance Programme, which provides 24 hour confidential and independent information and emotional support.


We strive to ensure we have an engaged, caring workforce where valuing difference is in all we do. We make NHS Blood and Transplant a great place to work by:

• Living our Values on a daily basis
• Respecting each other and valuing the diversity of our organisation
• Dealing with any issues raised in a timely manner
• Supporting each other by ensuring our Dignity at Work and Raising a Matter of Concern policies are followed

We are committed to an inclusive and supportive environment, treating people solely on the basis of their abilities and potential.

Health service discounts

The Health Service Discount scheme cuts the cost of many things, from computers to car insurance, mobile forms to meals out.  As an NHS employee, you would be entitled to discounts on a wide range of products and services, from high street retailers / on-line shopping sites. Membership is free and all you need to do is register and logon to Health Service Discounts

Lease car policy

We have a lease car policy for employees that regularly use a car to travel for business purposes. Your recruiting manager will provide you with more information if this applies to you.