What is an NHS Staff Bank?

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What is an NHS Staff Bank?

 




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Firstly it has nothing to do with the Banking industry where you keep your money. An NHS staff bank is an entity managed by a trust, or through a third party organisation who contracts with healthcare professionals to take on shifts at trust hospitals. The Francis Report of 2013, which drew a focus on patient safety, quality of care and a culture of collective leadership, provided recommendations on the level of nursing staff that is required per patient on all wards across the country. In order to meet these standards, NHS Trusts rely on temporary workers to meet the fluctuating staffing needs caused by staff illness, or increased patient demand. Thanks to this high level of demand across the country for healthcare professionals, staff banks regularly have shifts available for their bank staff.

The demand for bank staff offers a lot of benefits which are not necessarily available to substantive workers or even non-bank agency workers. Firstly bank staff are able to choose what shift they want to take on, giving them a great deal of flexibility when deciding to work days over nights, or weekdays over weekends. Many substantive workers also choose to work on the bank to either their own trust or another NHS trust. This gives them some variety in where they work, but also provides them a chance to earn more doing the work they love.

In terms of career progression, staff banks give workers a chance not only to gain NHS experience, but also to work in a specialism they are looking to develop. Working in a NHS staff bank can often lead to lines of work which are longer term contracts meaning when a permanent opportunity opens up, bank staff are perfectly placed to fill the role.

Staff banks are equally beneficial for the trust as it is for the worker. Staff banks are often significantly more cost effective than healthcare agencies, so giving the trust access to an army of workers who have all been reviewed and approved to work allows the trust a level of safety that they will be able to maintain safe standards of patient care in a manageable way.

Bank Partners are an outsourced managed services organisation providing staff bank services to NHS trusts. We manage staff banks in London, in Surrey and in Essex, and have hundreds of opportunities for Healthcare professionals and non-clinical workers looking to work with the NHS.

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    I have worked in the maintenance department as nhs bank staff for approx 12 months, and worked in the same possition for two years previous as an agency worker. My question is, do I have the same benefits as nursing bank staff? ie am I a key worker. Thank you in advance.

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    Hi Linda, thanks for getting in touch.

    You should be entitled to the same benefits as a permanent worker doing the same role whether you are bank or agency after a 12-week qualifying period. The benefits may not be the same as the nursing bank, however and may also depend on how much you work. In some of the trusts we operate, bank workers switch onto Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) after 12 weeks with the associated rates and benefits, but if you don’t work a shift for six weeks or more the clock goes back and the 12-week qualifying period starts again.

    Take a look at the Agency Worker Guidelines to find information specific to your circumstances and if you think that you’re not being treated the same as a permanent worker then speak directly to your HR department.

    https://www.gov.uk/agency-workers-your-rights/when-youre-an-agency-worker

    I hope that helps,

    Elizabeth

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    Hello,

    Can I please ask about the rights of bank staff and annual leave?

    Many thanks

    Sara

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    Hi Sara,

    Thanks for getting in touch. As a bank worker, your annual leave entitlements may depend on the trust for which you work. It may be best to contact a member of staff at your trust’s bank directly and they should be able to give you some advice and assistance based on your individual situation.

    All the best

    Elizabeth

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    How long do I have to work in an admin bank position with the NHS before being able to become permanent?

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    Hi Mimi, although working for the bank is an excellent way to gain experience through flexible shifts that suit you, when and how you choose the join the NHS as a permanent employee is down to individual circumstances. Working bank shifts does not automatically lead to a permanent role. If there is a permanent position within your field, you can apply and the bank work you’ve done in a similar capacity may well give you the edge over other applicants, but this is ultimately the Trust’s decision.

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    Hi am looking to getting in to philibotomist as a trainee but haveing trouble getting a trained position or even work exspereances.i have payed my self and been on a training coures that was practical and written but still haveing trouble with getting any therther. Am located in Liverpool on the wirral.

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    Hi,

    I've been working for Ramsay for the last 5 months. Even though I'm bank should i still be getting taxed?

    Thank you

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    Hi Morgan-Rose, thanks for your enquiry. We don’t have any association with Ramsay Health Care so you’d have to contact your employer about your tax and payroll – they’ll be best to advise you. If you want to register with an NHS staff bank just click on the ‘register’ link above and we’ll be happy to contact you back.

    Thanks for getting in touch,

    Elizabeth

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    I have been working with staff bank since 2012 for the NHS Trust and now I have taken on substantive post in the same Trust. My question is, will my service for NHS be counted as continuous service? I have been paying for NHS pension as well.
    will my leave entitlement start as new? Appreciate if you could point to any policy that explains this.
    Thanking you in advance
    BW Jacqui

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    I have my induction with the NHS on Monday to join their admin bank staff; what I would like to know is how much work do you normally get as admin bank staff?

    I currently have a full time job but I would much prefer to work for the NHS even if it's only going to be 3 or 4 days a week. but any less than 3 days on average and I would have to stay in my current job

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    Hello,

    I'm currently working as bank nurse for Barts Health NHS Trust under Bank partners. I would like to know if bank nurses have maternity leaves cause it has been told to me that if I'm not working for few months I may loose the job or not be able to book a shift for a long time as in penalty.
    I would like to have more information about it.

    Thanks for your answer
    Kind regards
    Erica

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    Hi Darren, thanks for getting in touch

    We operate eight staff banks for NHS Trusts across the UK and rates vary depending on the job role, which trust you have joined and other factors so I’m afraid there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer. Length of bank assignments for administration and clerical roles will also vary from trust to trust and dependent on the job role availability. The best thing you can do is to talk to your contact at the trust and get the specific details from them.

    All the best

    Elizabeth

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    Hi Erica,

    On behalf of Bank Partners and Barts, thank you for supporting the Trust through working bank shifts with us. We've got your contact details on our system so one of our business support team will be in touch shortly, but just to be clear you would not lose your job if on maternity leave.

    Many thanks
    Elizabeth

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    I'm interested in joining the NHS bank as health care assistant.

    Thank you

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    Hi Kirsty, thanks for your comment. We operate eight staff banks for hospitals in the Midlands/South of England. If you have at least six months’ experience in the NHS you can register to join one of the staff banks we operate. Take a look at the link below to find out more information about the staff banks we operate for our partner trusts.

    https://www.bankpartners.co.uk/our-trusts/

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    Hi,
    I would like to know roughly what the pay scale equivalent is moving from bank staff to substantive staff for 19h/ week. I understand this will vary amongst Trusts.

    On the same band and point I'm assuming substantive take home less monthly than bank staff to take into account the sick pay adjustment. Is that correct?

    If so, to take the same pay home each month, what would the equivalent point adjustment be (roughly)? 1 point higher? 2 points?

    Does that make sense?

    Many thanks in advance

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    Hi Rebecca

    Unfortunately we can’t give you general advice on this, as there are so many factors that will determine what your pay will be when moving from a purely substantive role to a purely bank role. As you say, it varies among trusts, but also by role and other circumstances, so there’s no ‘hard and fast’ rule. The best move will be to drop by your local trust’s staff bank office and talk to them – they’ll be able to give you much more detailed information.

    Thanks

    Elizabeth

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    Hi I have worked on the bank for 2 years continuously in an admin role and have become pregnant what are my rights in terms of maternity pay, antenatal etc thanks