What is a collaborative staff bank?

At a recent REC Health and Social Care Group meeting, NHS Improvement announced that their “key objective is shifting agency workers back into more cost-effective bank settings” and they will be supporting trusts and STPs to introduce collaborative staff banks in an attempt to reduce reliance on medical locums and decrease agency expenditure.

Collaborative banks can take a number of different forms:
1. Shared digital platform
2. Shared back office
3. Hub and spoke –trusts cascade ‘unified shifts’ out to individual trust’s pool of bank workers
4. Hub and spoke –trusts offer shifts to a shared pool of workers
5. Fully integrated bank (shared back office, shared pool, shared shifts)

In most cases trusts are using collaborative banks to consolidate back office costs and invest in shared digital platforms to coordinate their temporary workforce -> Models 1 and 2

Trusts can cascade shifts out to the bank workers of other trusts in the collaborative -> Model 3
Cascade bank shifts out to a shared pool of workers -> Model 4
(e.g. employed via a JV. Model 3 so far is more common)

NHSI’s 3 step strategy to shift agency workers into more cost-effective staff banks
NHSI urges trusts to transfer agency workers to staff banks
Useful resources

November 13, 2017

Lauren Kavanagh

Marketing Manager