As part of the NHS People Plan, the NHS People Promise sets out a series of commitments, one of which is we work flexibly which states: We do not have to sacrifice our family, our friends or our interests for work.
This ambition is to give people greater choice over their working patterns, helping them to achieve a better work-life balance. To ensure the NHS remains an employer of choice and can attract talent in a competitive job market, more action is needed to increase the uptake of flexible working.
This page features guidance and resources relating to:
- flexible working
- flexible retirement
- agile working.
Guidance on contractual issues arising from certain forms of flexible working
This page details guidance from the NHS Staff Council on contractual issues arising from certain forms of flexible working.
31 March 2023
Flexible working to support staff with the rising cost of living
Learn how employers can support their staff by offering flexible working options.
8 April 2023
Flexible working guides for line managers and staff
NHS England, the NHS Staff Council and Timewise have published two new guides to support line managers and staff to work flexibly.
23 June 2022
Flexible working common myths
The NHS Staff Council has busted a range of common myths around flexible working within the NHS.
Flexible working scenarios
The NHS Staff Council has developed a range of scenarios to help employers embed the new contractual flexible working provisions.
28 February 2022
Enabling and supporting staff to work from home
It is important that organisations adapt to new ways of working to enable and support staff to work from home where necessary.
20 January 2022
Flexible working FAQs
The NHS Staff Council has developed a range of FAQs to help employers embed the new contractual flexible working provisions.
Contractual flexible working provisions
Guidance and resources on the implementation of contractual provisions for flexible working, effective from 13 September 2021.
13 September 2021
Guide to making flexible working requests flowchart
This flowchart for managing conversations around flexible working requests was created by the NHS Staff Council to support the NHS People Plan.
Flexible working enablers poster
This poster, developed in partnership with the NHS Staff Council, details the ten enablers to flexible working.
Flexible working enablers for change
Our flexible working enablers for change support employers embed the key changes to section 33 of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service.
NHS Staff Council flexible retirement guidance
This page details guidance from the NHS Staff Council on the process for considering flexible retirement requests.
11 October 2023
Using flexible retirement to support retention old
How to support staff to work flexibly using the new flexible retirement options being introduced this year.
31 August 2023
Flexible retirement helps employers to retain valuable experienced staff by enabling those staff to work flexibly and improve wellbeing.
14 April 2023
Retirement flexibilities poster
Use our poster to support your conversations with our NHS people about the flexible retirement options available in the NHS Pension Scheme.
14 April 2023
Flexible retirement virtual learning sessions
Dorset HealthCare is helping staff plan for their futures by educating them on the different retirement options available in the NHS Pension Scheme.
13 January 2022
Agile working to improve staff retention
This article looks at research into how customised working arrangements can meet the needs of employees and organisations and tips for implementation.
3 October 2023
Homeworking and agile/hybrid working framework added to TCS Handbook
The NHS Staff Council has incorporated the framework agreement for home and agile working to the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service (TCS) Handbook.
2 October 2023
Guidance to support regularising ad hoc home and agile/hybrid working arrangements
This page details guidance from the NHS Staff Council on how to regularise ad hoc home and agile/hybrid working arrangements
2 October 2023
How employers are supporting staff at a local level
Adoption, kinship and childcare – how can we better support our workforce?
Alice Sorby of the NHS Staff Council's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group highlights some of the challenges.
3 November 2022
What NHS organisations are doing to support staff to work flexibly
Find out what NHS organisations are doing to maximise flexible working for their workforce.
22 April 2022