The South West London Collaborative Staff Bank

St George’s, in collaboration with Kingston, Epsom and St Helier and South West London Mental Health Trust, are launching a new way to work through our staff bank.

The South West London Collaborative Staff Bank will make it easier for nursing staff to work at St George’s or any of the other Trust’s in the bank.

From 9 October, the fully inclusive rates* for substantive nursing staff (bands 2 and 5) working through our staff bank at St George’s will be:

staff bank rates
 Band 2Band 5
Days£10,60£16.36
Nights and Saturdays£14.22£20.45
Sundays and Bank Holidays£17.83£24.54

Different rates may apply at other sites and you can find out more information in the FAQs document below.

*this includes basic pay, high cost area supplement and an uplift for holiday pay.

From 9 October, a new smartphone app called ‘Me’ will allow staff to see all available shifts at least four weeks before the roster starts, and simply book shifts. New bank payroll arrangements for collaborative bank workers will also make it easier to work across any Trusts and be paid quickly and accurately.

Initially, the collaborative bank will only be available to band 2 and band 5 nursing staff, but there are plans to include a wider range of staff in the future.

The South West London Collaborative Staff Bank is due to launch at St George’s on 9 October. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please email collaborativebank@stgeorges.nhs.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about the collaborative bank. Frequently asked questions – 21-8-17

What is the SW London collaborative staff bank?

The NHS Trusts in south west London have created a ‘virtual’ staff bank.  This means that workers registered at one staff bank are able to see and easily book onto vacant shifts at the other participating trusts.  This has been possible through some Cloud enabled database sharing software which links together rosters The Trusts involved have also agreed a number of common processes and practices to make this happen and to make it easy to work and get paid anywhere.

This arrangement is the first NHS staff-sharing platform that integrates rostering and bank, and so provides visibility of working across a region.

The participating trusts are:

Epsom & St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Kingston NHS Foundation Trust

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust

South West London & St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

What are the benefits of the collaborative staff bank?

The benefits for Trusts is that it maximises the opportunity to match the workforce in south west London to the temporary staffing needs of individual Trusts. The aim is to increase our fill rates and reduce reliance on agency workers, reducing costs and increasing the quality of care to our patients.

For our staff, they will be able to plan their working lives because they will have exclusive access to all available temporary shifts in SW London four weeks in advance, they can see and book shifts through a smartphone app called Me and have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of clinical settings to support skills and career development.

Can I work at any Trust through the collaborative staff bank?

The Cloud based software has been implemented at Kingston, Epsom & St Helier, St George’s and SW London and St George’s Mental Health; their bank workers will be able to see and access shifts at any of these Trusts.  Those who work elsewhere can access the collaborative staff bank by simply registering with the staff bank at one of the four Trusts mentioned above. Croydon is involved in the collaborative staff bank project (for example in agreeing harmonised pay rates) but their employees and bank workers cannot yet access the collaborative staff bank without registering with the bank at one of the other four Trusts.

When will the collaborative staff bank go live?

You will be able to use the Me app to see and book shifts across the four acute collaborative Trusts from Monday 9th October.  For SW London & St George’s Mental Health, access will go-live a month later.

This means that from this date you can book and work shifts for the roster which started on 18th September for the period up to 16th October.  For the roster published on 3rd September for the period up to 12th November, you can book available shifts before these are open to agency workers.  However, the first full roster cycle you will be able to see and book will be for the roster that starts on 11th December.  For this roster, you will have four weeks before it starts to book shifts and two weeks before any remaining shifts are open to agencies.

Are there any restrictions on where I can work?

You will only be able to see and book shifts for which you should have the necessary skills but you should not undertake any duties during the shift which you do not feel competent to perform.  You may be subject to restriction by your home staff bank arising from maximum working hours, rest breaks between shifts or recent sickness which may limit access to bank working for a period whilst you fully recover.

The collaborative staff bank will initially be available to book general nursing shifts at Band 5 and Band 2.

Will unfilled shifts still be sent to agencies to provide cover?

Rosters will be published at least four weeks in advance of the roster start date and will usually be available exclusively to collaborative staff bank workers until two weeks before it begins.

At this point, agencies will have the opportunity to fill the vacant shifts.  However, bank workers will be able to book shifts up to the shift start and displace agency workers where possible.  Some particularly hard to fill roles will continue to be sourced through agencies before then if there is a low likelihood of filling through the bank.