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On demand recording now available  

Using bank staff has helped many NHS staff reduce agency costs and ensure shifts are filled. Over the last few years many trusts have set up their own staff banks and had some success in using their own staff to cover gaps in rotas rather than paying high agency rates.

But relying on an organisation’s own staff to cover all of the available shifts may not give the best outcome.

This HSJ webinar, in association with Locum’s Nest, looked at the best way to organise staff banks to ensure the maximum number of shifts are covered by the most appropriate staff.

It asked:

  • What are the advantages from setting up staff banks which cover multiple NHS organisations? Why have more organisations not gone down this route?
  • What is the ideal footprint for a shared staff bank? What role can integrated care systems play in setting these up?
  • What features and flexibilities of shared staff banks can be used to attract more staff to work for them and thereby fill a greater proportion of shifts?
  • What are the barriers to the NHS having a national staff bank? 

A recording of the session is now available. 

For those who had previously registered for the webinar, click here to view the on demand recording.

For those who have yet to register, scroll to the bottom of the page and complete the form. Details of how to access the on demand recording will then be sent to you via email.



Natalie Nightingale, head of temporary staffing, University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust

Natalie has over 20 years’ experience in public sector recruitment mainly within large corporate recruitment organisations specialising in health, social care and education covering the UK and international market. She joined UCLH at the start of the pandemic to oversee temporary staffing. Within this role Natalie is also the North Central London integrated care system lead for temporary staffing and is leading on the implementation of an ICS wide collaborative staff bank. She is passionate about our NHS and working together.


Lucina Rolewicz, researcher, Nuffield Trust 

Lucina joined the Nuffield Trust as a researcher in February 2019. She is currently involved in projects focussed on, but not exclusive to, the NHS workforce, and has worked on several outputs addressing key workforce trends and challenges for different staff groups. She has also worked on mixed-methods research, including evaluating the implementation of digital technologies in healthcare settings.


Dr Ahmed Shahrabani, co-founder, Locum’s Nest

Dr Ahmed Shahrabani graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2014 before accepting his first medical post at St. Helier Hospital, London where he met Locum’s Nest co-founder, Dr Nicholas Andreou. They embarked on a mission to solve the NHS staffing crisis by providing solutions for NHS staff to work flexibly and stay in the jobs they love.



Claire Read, contributor, HSJ

Claire Read is a professional writer and editor who has specialised in healthcare throughout her 20-year career. She has been a regular contributor to HSJ since 2012 and has a particular interest in healthcare digitisation and technology.


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