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Nationwide campaign to tempt NHS staff to join bank


A nationwide campaign has been launched to encourage staff to join the health service’s bank system for managing temporaryworkers, in a bid to help reduce trusts’ spending on external agencies.

Launched by NHS Professionals – the health service organisation that oversees the supply of bank workers – the campaign will run in the 62 trusts for which it currently manages temporary staff.

“Trusts’ in-house banks are a vital part of the NHS, and, used effectively, can help trusts reduce their reliance on expensive agencies”

Stephen Dangerfield

The Love the NHS – Return to the Bank campaign will run until the middle of March and will target nurses mployed by trusts who are also looking for additional shifts.

Nurses who may have recently left their trust either due to retirement or to have children will also be encouraged to return to the organisation as a bank worker.

The campaign will remind nurses that working through the bank offers weekly pay and flexibility of shifts.

Statistics from NHS Professionals have shown a significant increase in demand for temporary nurse staff in the past few years.

The number of nursing hours trusts requested to fill with bank workers per month increased from around 650,000 in April 2012 to 1.3 million three years later.

NHS Professionals currently has a bank of over 60,000 workers, who help NHS trusts to fill over three million shifts every year.

Stephen Dangerfield, chief executive of NHS Professionals, said: “We are delighted that our client trusts are supporting the Love the NHS – Return to the Bank campaign.

Stephen Dangerfield

Stephen Dangerfield

Stephen Dangerfield

“Trusts’ in-house banks are a vital part of the NHS, and, used effectively, can help trusts reduce their reliance on expensive agencies, maintaining safe staffing levels with a reliable and constant supply of staff,” he said.

Last year regulators introduced caps on the hourly rates of pay the NHS can provide for agency staff, as well as placing an overall limit on agency nurse spending for each trust.

The move was part of a clampdown on the use of agency workers, which has been a major contribution to the financial difficulties of trusts across the country.


Readers' comments (6)

  • I work for nhsp. The pay is shocking!! Hourly wage of £9.30 once tax is deducted. Disgraceful! Luckily for them, I do nursing as a hobby and to keep my nursing registration whilst I'm a midwife.

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  • My pay in the NHS is £10.14 (approx) per hour, BEFORE tax. £9.30 after still sounds like an improvement.
    Another smart Govt move; spend money on an advertisement campaign, instead of just placing incentives in place to encourage more workers to the join the bank.

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  • Unlike many of my colleagues, I have refused to join NHSP. If I work extra hours then I am paid overtime rates, as per the terms of AfC. These are our terms and conditions for a reason, joining NHSP undermines this.

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  • Selectively i just wouldn't work for £10 pr hr. i would look else where

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  • NHSP is disgusting and an insult to hard working individuals

    It is also a prime example of how those who mismanage us in so much more money than we then have the gall to try and make us work overtime on less money

    If you are going to work extra time - by this I do not mean the time that you already do at the end of every shift in completing work, but rather extra shifts for those who will oppress you then you alike the managers should be recompensed as a professional

    This is a creeping barrage...

    First they limit pay

    Second they encourage you to join the NHSP for shift rates less than your permanent rate of pay

    The trajectory will then go this way...

    Thirdly with agencies gone or diminished and with the power in their hands we will see wages frozen or decreased during contracted and extra hours, we will see flexible working arrangements and a requirement to join NHSP as part of your contract

    Wake up and fight the power!

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  • Why should I work 37.5 hours then slog my guts out again on an extra shift for less pay. Where is the incentive to be there for my colleagues and my patients. Time the government woke up to the real financial crisis!!

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