UK - The Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust is to launch a home computer initiative scheme at the end of the month.
The HCI scheme – Connect 2004 – will save staff between 30% to 50% on the cost of a home computer.
The scheme works through a loan system over three years, with the option to purchase the equipment at the end of the period.
During the loan period, interest free payments will be deducted from the gross pay of participating staff and at the end of the three-year period, a further deduction of £60 is made if a member of staff decides to take ownership of the computer.
The scheme does not affect pension contributions or other entitlements as these are calculated on the original salary before deductions for the computer.
Trust director of human resources Karen Allman said: “This is a great opportunity for our staff to make a considerable saving on the cost of a home computer.
“A variety of desktop and laptop computers will be available to staff with full technical support as part of the package. In coming weeks we will be holding demonstrations on the computers and I hope many staff will take advantage of the scheme.”
The Surrey-based trust is also launching an internet-based car sharing initiative for employees – complete with a range of benefits – aimed at reducing the number of single occupancy cars accessing its hospital sites.The scheme also guarantees a free taxi ride home in case of emergency for registered car sharers.
Additionally, the scheme will make free parking available to staff, as well as subsidised public transport, improved cycle and showering facilities, flexible working arrangements and interest free loans for public transport season tickets or bicycle purchases.
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