The Central Bank employs temporary staff who wish to have more flexibility in their work. It functions in similar ways to an agency but exclusively for the RD&E.
The Central Bank may suit people who cannot commit to a regular pattern of working from one week to the next or those who find it difficult to find posts with the hours and times to suit them.
It is also a great place to experience the majority of wards and departments in the hospital before potentially applying for a substantive contract.
The Central Bank has work opportunities for:
- Registered Nurses
- Healthcare Assistants
- Admin and Clerical staff
- Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)
Qualities, qualifications and conduct
What qualities are we looking for in our staff?
- Flexibility as you may be required to work in any area of the Trust.
- A positive attitude.
- A caring outlook.
Experience is welcome but not always necessary and training will be offered for those wishing to join us without previous experience in care.
Healthcare Assistant (HCA) Band 2
An ability to undertake basic nursing duties is desirable but not essential. Although we are always delighted to take on people with experience of working in a care setting; this is not an essential requirement for joining us. More importantly for this role, we are looking for people with a caring and positive attitude and a desire to make a difference in their daily work. As a Bank worker you will be required to work anywhere within the RD&E so flexibility and adaptability are essential. Training will be provided for anyone with little or no experience of working in an acute Trust.
Registered Nurse or AHP Band 5 and Registered Midwife Band 6
Current NMC or HCPC registration is essential with six-months relevant experience You will be flexible and adaptable together with a good understanding of accountability and your professional code of conduct. You should be able to demonstrate at interview, a good understanding of the qualities needed to plan and deliver patient care within a multi-disciplinary team.
Secretary Band 3
For Clerical Assistants you will need to have a minimum of GCSE Grades A – C in English and Maths and relevant experience in an office environment. For Secretarial work you will also need to have typing and audio typing qualifications, and relevant experience in an secretarial environment.
Clerical Administrators Band 2
For Clerical Administrator assignments you will need to have a minimum of GCSE Grades A – C in English and Maths and relevant experience in an office environment. We will provide paid training for relevant IT in house systems prior to starting work.
Bank workers registered with the Central Bank are expected to demonstrate a level of knowledge and skill commensurate with their grade and to comply with all Trust Policies and Procedures.
All Bank staff are expected to conduct themselves professionally and to abide by the Trust values.
The Central Bank operates a three-strikes policy and concerns over attitude or performance will be investigated and may lead to the member of staff being permanently removed from the Central Bank.
Education and Training
Bank workers are eligible to apply for any study days or courses provided by the Learning and Development Centre.
It is the individual responsibility of all bank workers to attend mandatory / essential training annually for which payment is made.
Registered nurses are expected to attend an annual drug administration update, which is paid.
Midwives have additional essential training days, which are paid.
Central Bank Pay
All Bank Staff will receive payment for the shifts they have worked a month in arrears. All new staff will start on the first increment of the pay scale unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Central Bank or if written evidence can be provided of previous NHS service.
Bank staff are paid according to the National Agenda for Change pay scales and these are as follows for the year 2019-2020:
Band 2 £17,652 - £19,020
Band 3 £18,813 - £20,795
Band 5 £24,214 - £30,112
Band 6 £30,401 - £37,267
Working for the Central Bank
Working for the Central Bank is not employed contracted work, but you do need to be registered to work for our service. There is no guarantee of work on the Central Bank it will depend on your availability and the Central Bank work flow.
The RD&E will supply with you with two uniforms to start, for which there is a £20 deposit, but this will be taken from your first months’ pay. You will be able to undertake up to 3 supernumerary shifts and then work the equivalent number of regular shifts within the first 3 months in order to be registered with the Central Bank and you will be paid when this process is complete.
You will be given access to our electronic rostering system Health Roster which will allow you to book shifts remotely via a PC or on your mobile phone; up to 6 weeks in advance. Additionally, text alerts may be sent to you for last minute shifts. Some of these shifts may, at times, attract a higher rate of pay.
Admin and Clerical
For Clerical Assistants you will need to have a minimum of GCSE Grades A – C in English and Maths and relevant experience in an office environment. For Secretarial work you will also need to have typing and audio typing qualifications, and relevant experience in an secretarial environment. We will provide paid training for relevant IT in-house systems prior to starting work.
The Central Bank is governed by the EU Working Time Directive. This primarily impacts on the number of hours individuals can work a week (maximum 48 averaged over a 17 week period). You must complete 6 shifts in a 6 month period otherwise your registration will be withdrawn from the Central Bank.
Annual Leave and Maternity Leave
Bank-only workers are entitled to 28 days pro rata annual leave per year and this is paid on a monthly basis. Currently there is no provision for paid maternity leave or occupational sick pay. Bank workers are however entitled to SMP dependant on the amount of National Insurance contributions made.
Staff who have a break from the Bank for maternity leave may be permitted to return to the bank on condition they update their mandatory training (manual handling, Health and Safety, Fire, Basic Life Support). Expectant mothers must notify the Central Bank Office as soon as they are aware of their pregnancy to allow for health and safety assessments.
Central Bank Supervisor, Jacquie Cooper
- 01392 406474
Jacquie can be contacted for general Central Bank enquiries, payroll issues and training queries.
Clinical Matron for Temporary Staffing, Nolwenn Luke
- 01392 406474 07584 114374
Nolwenn is the point of contact for all clinical issues/incidents/concerns; revalidation; health concerns and general support.
Central bank administrators
- Marie Stevens
- Gemma Maddocks
- Debbie Oswin
- Harriet Coleman-Pratt
- Jack Pook
The Bank administrators can be contacted on:
- 01392 402352
Or via email:
For general bank enquiries
For payroll issues
For application forms