You may have recently heard about the NHS’s new guidelines to Trusts. From the 1st April if you hold a post within the NHS – then unfortunately, you can’t work agency shifts for other NHS Trusts.
BUT PLEASE DON’T PANIC – Through our research with our clients many don’t know of this development, some haven’t decided on their stance on this and others have decided that they won’t be engaging with this guideline. If this is introduced to a trust you often work at then there are ways to still work the shifts you love and receive the higher wages you deserve…
As you will be aware the NHS relies heavily on agency workers and we will still receive LARGE amounts of requests for workers into the NHS. This will not change. The NHS still requires a large amount of agency staff to function properly.
This guideline does give you the opportunity to assess your career options and see what best suits your lifestyle and what you want to achieve out of being a healthcare professional.
If these guidelines start to be fully implemented, then we have come up with three options for you to continue working agency. These are being Fully Employed by Bluestones Medical, being a Flexible Worker or a Non-NHS Agency Worker.
We have carefully researched these options to ensure that you can continue to work and receive the high rates and the benefits you are used to – but also maybe improve your lifestyle…
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE NEW NHS RULES DO NOT APPLY TO OUR WELSH HOSPITALS. If you are an NHS worker in England, you can work for the NHS Wales hospitals and if you are fully employed by NHS Wales you can work at other NHS Wales hospitals as an agency worker.
This means that you will be an employee of Bluestones Medical and won’t have a post in the NHS. We are offering the same benefits as the NHS in terms of guaranteed hours, holiday and pensions, but we will be paying you MORE for the same role as you will still be receiving agency rates. You will be paid as a PAYE worker, just as you are in the NHS. We will also be able to offer you the diversity that your NHS post doesn’t with various shifts across various wards and hospitals to your liking. Please note that this option requires a strong amount of commitment as it is treated exactly like your full-time role in the NHS. If you don’t want this restriction, then it would be best to look at being one of our Flexible Workers.
- 5 Hrs per week
- Agency level pay rates
- Guaranteed hours
- Holiday pay
- Pension contribution
- Shifts across hospitals/wards
- Monthly pay
- Conditions apply
As a Flexible Worker you won’t be employed by the NHS, but you will have the choice to work as little or as much as you like! You can pick and choose which hospitals/wards you go to and for what rate you work. You are in control with this option! As you will be paid Umbrella you will also receive a higher rate than a PAYE or Full Time Worker. This is a great option if you need to juggle family, studying, travelling or just earn more!
- Work when and where you like
- Work as little or as much as you like
- Higher agency pay rate
If you choose to stay in your NHS post, then you can still work agency shifts! We work with tons of private clients. With this option, you will work when you can around your current role, but only at the following clients:
- Four Seasons
- Independent care homes
- BMI Healthcare
- Independent private clinics
As you may or may not be aware, Welsh hospitals do not fall under the guidelines of NHSi. The All Wales Framework has decided that they will not be moving forward with this change and this means that if you work for the NHS at an English trust, then you can work for a Welsh NHS Trust on agency. If you have a role at an NHS Wales trust, then you can continue to help your Welsh neighbouring trusts as an agency worker!