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.

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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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