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Survey: How will new rules on agency working affect you?


Nurse campaigners are attempting to gauge the impact on the profession of banning trusts from hiring agency nurses who are also employed as substantive staff in the NHS.

From 1 April, trusts have been told by the regulator NHS Improvement that they should no longer employ any agency workers who hold substantive roles at other trusts.

The move is designed to encourage nurses and doctors to seek overtime shifts via internal NHS banks, rather than agencies, as part of further measures to clamp down on costs.

However, a short six-question survey has now been set up to get an idea about how many nurses working for trusts also work for an agency, and how the new rules will impact upon their decisions regarding working additional hours.



Readers' comments (7)

  • Well there is no point returning to England again now to nurse, or renewing in England ongoing, no point at all. First they make things harder making everyone prove themselves every three years mandatory now rather than trusting us RNs to do that as before and randomly selecting people to provide evidence of it. Secondly, now this, I used to enjoy my regular job in the Nhs and doing agency shifts to top up my pay and keep up my nursing skills working in other hospitals in the South of England, helping them out in the process, it was job satisfaction as well as maintaining competence, it was healthy and good insight to take a break from my regular work place and to experience other places, sometimes it gave insight for the next job, and most of all, it was about having spending money after working full time and losing all our wages due to being the lowest paid profession while costs of goods have increased etc, bills, taxes each month, left us with nothing, no money to enjoy your time off with at the weekend even, it's why I got fed up with nursing in England in the first place. Now I think I'll stay put overseas because for sure our pay is better and I can actually have a life without working my socks off with nothing to show for it as was the case back there. It's obviously not improved it's only got worse as if it couldn't get any worse.

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  • I do agency shifts just to get by every month. I initially joined an agency when my local NHS Trust bank paid less than my usual hourly rate and overtime was banned.
    Pay restraint and rising cost of living equals not enough to live on as it is.

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  • Nurses are poorly paid, these new rules are appalling. Bank pay is very poor. Why are nurses so hated?

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  • The question is whether NHSI are coming across as nothing more than greedy (not all) Tory ideology?

    The concern seems to be a constant right wing ideology and use of neo liberal methodology to not minimise cost but cut costs in terms of staffing, safety and now arguable deskilling of the nurse work force. The PR machine in support of gov is looking ever more see through. The writing is on the wall my friends. No staff = downsizing = privatisation by starving both worker and NHS by what looks to be deliberate.

    And they've hit the nail on the head which is if many agency workers already work for Nhs, then control is the game. The issue now is how is this even enforceable?

    The tolitarian dictatorship of oppressive gov serving overpaid hostile (not all) senior management against our beloved people and nurses. Is this not an issue of equality rights?

    And what of human rights to movement and not to be punished?

    Reminds me of the Yes Minister scene where the best hygienic hospital is one with hardly no qualified staff numbers.

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  • One of the main issues here is that how much time did nurses get in terms of consultation in regards to these new rules are going to be enforced!

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  • I can't see how this ruling would pass muster if presented to a judge in the case of a staff member presenting a restraint of trade argument. Secondly, how is this to be policed. I work as a commissioner in my substantive role and for a nursing agency as a staff nurse in my spare time. Nobody who employs me enquires at any point about my substantive position. Who is liable in a case where this is breached. It's tokenistic and unrealistic.

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  • Thank you all for your comments. Please fill out the questionnaire and share with friends and colleagues. All the information bei g gathered will be useful for unions who are fighting for us. They assure us that this issue 'will not go away'.

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