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What is bank nursing and how might it work for you?

NHS banks provide flexible cover and can provide nurses with extra income and experience

NHS banks provide flexible cover and can provide nurses with extra income and experience

NHS banks provide a pool of temporary staff to cover planned or unplanned shortfalls in the workforce, including sickness absence, vacancies and annual or maternity leave. They enable trusts to avoid having to pay expensive agency fees to fill any gaps in staffing.

Some bank staff work for the organisation already and want to top up their pay or gain different experiences. Others may have applied from outside to become part of the organisations bank.

Are bank nurses NHS employees?

According to RCN guidance , historically, bank workers have not been considered as employees because the normal requirements of a contract

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