What is the Nurse Bank?
At NHS Fife, as in other hospitals, we have a ‘Nurse Bank.’ In simple terms, this is a list of highly skilled experienced workers who are on our bank who are able to work flexibly and sometimes at short notice. This means that their offer of work is not guaranteed nor do they have to accept any shifts offered by one ward or area. The benefit of this to our patient care is that we can rely on having extra staff to guarantee high standards of patient safety and care, to complement the existing workforce.
The benefits of signing up with the nurse bank are not only that as a registered or non registered worker, you can pick up additional shifts, but that you can experience working in different specialties or maybe even gain longer term employment if that were then to suit your circumstances.
So whether you’re looking to enhance your skill set, gain more experience or simply earn extra money, NHS Fife Nurse Bank can help you achieve this and we are recruiting now across a wide range of nursing, mental health nurses and midwifery roles.
Nursing, Mental Health and Midwifery
If you’re looking for work to fit around your clinical/medical studies, or are a retired nurse or midwife looking to work additional hours in your spare time, working flexibly through NHS Fife’s nurse bank could be the perfect solution for you.
Care support worker development programme
For those without experience our care support worker development programme also provides opportunities for those looking to start a career in nursing and midwifery.
Nurse bank offers short term, flexible shifts, days , nights, weekends and twilight shifts are routinely available, with shifts ranging from 12.5 hours to shorter 6 hour shifts. Our shift patterns may fit around any existing commitments. Such working patterns can allow bank workers to work flexibly around childcare, studying, employment or caring responsibilities.
How to join
The process for recruiting both registered and non-registered nurses and midwives to NHS Fife Nursing and Midwifery Staff Bank follows the same robust recruitment and selection processes as required for permanent posts. This process is slightly different depending on whether you are an internal or external applicant – some of our bank staff also already work for us, but pick up additional shifts through ‘the bank’.
You can join via the internal process if you wish to do the same role as you currently have. If you are looking for a clinical role but are currently non clinical you will have to apply via the external process and be interviewed as you will require orientation to the clinical role. Internal applicants from nursing and midwifery staff who hold a permanent post within NHS Fife must be sponsored by their existing NHS Fife manager.
In the case of existing staff who are planning to leave permanent employment within the organisation, for example someone approaching retirement who wishes to join the nurse bank, their line management will be provided by the Clinical Nurse Manager for the nurse bank and clinical and professional guidance can be sought from the Bank Clinical Nurse Manager.
If you have registered or non registered nursing or midwifery experience you can apply to join our nurse bank. External applicants to the Nursing and Midwifery Staff Bank will be subject to NHS Fife recruitment and selection process, which adheres to NHS Scotland Partnership Information Network (PIN) Guidelines and employment policies.
- Application short listed in line with Pin guidelines
- Short listed applicants interviewed
- Successful interviewees are progressed subject to the following checking standards: Occupational Health Clearance, Criminal record checks and membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme, Employment history and 2 satisfactory reference checks, Verification of identity checks and right to work in UK checks.
Nurse Bank for students
Student nurses are welcome to join the Nurse Bank from Year 1. There are many reasons to join the nurse bank at this stage – this will help consolidate learning and give essential ‘hands on’ experience. It will enhance any future job application to have nurse bank experience on your CV. It will help you to experience different areas of practice to see what kind of work you prefer and lastly – it will boost your finances!