NHS providers in South West London are collaborating to create what they are describing as the first ever trust-led regional bank for nurses and other clinical staff.
Four NHS providers, which are part of the South West London Provider Collaborative, have partnered to set up the regional bank of nurses, doctors and allied health professionals.
“It will offer staff more choice and flexibility”
Under their plans, the bank will be used to fill shifts by developing a wider pool of NHS staff across the region and, as a result, significantly reduce their reliance on expensive agency staff.
The South West London Provider Collaborative comprises Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Together, they have around 17,000 staff.
The move forms part of the sustainability and transformation plan for South West London – one of 44 such STPs set up across the country to boost efficiency and establish new care models.
Three of trusts will use the Allocate Software’s CloudStaff platform to operate the bank, interconnecting the HealthRoster and HealthMedics systems already used by them. The exception is Croydon where clinical staff will need to be registered with NHS Professionals in order to book a bank shift.
The CloudStaff platform will hold the intelligence about staff skills, existing working patterns and availability. Staff will be notified and have access to shifts via an app and can define preferences meaning unfilled shifts are offered in a targeted manner, to a wider pool of staff and with more notice.
Epsom and St Helier chief executive Daniel Elkeles said: “We believe the regional bank is good for staff and good for patient care in our region. It will offer staff more choice and flexibility.
“Patients will benefit from more care being delivered by local staff that choose to work in our region and we will all benefit by spending less on agency fees,” he said.