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This policy forms a part of Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH) people strategy to being a great place to work and be a patient, where we listen, empower and value everyone.

The policy sets out flexible, fair and supportive arrangements for flexible working. All employees can apply for flexible working for whatever reason.

The Trust is committed to be being an employer of choice, offering modern employment practices which support staff to balance their home and work life. As part of its commitment to improving the working lives of its staff, ASPH commits to facilitate flexible working for staff wherever this can be reasonably be accommodated in line with service needs.


We understand that flexible working benefits both the organisation and its staff in a range of ways.

For example:

  • Allowing recruitment and retention of valuable skills and experience
  • Promotion of equality of opportunity
  • Improving staff morale and productivity
  • Enabling employees to manage their work and outside commitments and/or interests
  • Assisting and reducing anxiety and stress amongst the workforce
  • Enabling the Trust to become an employer of choice
  • Enabling sustainable and environmentally friendly services


The opportunity to find the right balance between home and work is often a critical factor for employees in deciding whether or not to move to a different organisation. Our staff tell us through the exit interview process and staff surveys that more flexible working options are needed, together with a culture that supports flexible working. Unsatisfactory employee work-life balance may have a number of negative consequences for the organisation and the individual including:

  • Ill health
  • Low morale
  • Lack of commitment
  • Poor quality work
  • Absenteeism; and
  • High staff turnover


The Trust recognises the need to address these negative factors by promoting a culture that supports flexible working where it can.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Trust Guide to Flexible Working
Compiled by: HR Business Partners and Advisors
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: May 2019
Date Issued: May 2019
Review Date: May 2022
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: HR Business Partners and Advisors


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