Bank Staff is the collective name used for a pool of people an employer can call on as and when work becomes available. This type of role is prevalent in the health and social care setting as the correct skills mix must be maintained at all times. Here at Locate a Locum we refer to this group as the ‘Bank Pool’.
Having a Bank Pool is more important than ever for Care Homes, especially during a potential second wave of COVID-19 where staff members may be unavailable at short notice.
Having a large bank pool does not only give peace of mind in case of any unforeseen circumstances but it also eradicates the need to rely on agencies and pay potentially high fees.
In a recent survey commissioned by Locate a Locum, Staff Retention was highlighted as a major concern for Care Home Managers, staff morale and increased stress was cited as the reason for this.
With care home staff under increasing pressure and facing potential burnout, a large bank pool has never been more important.
How to build your Bank Pool?
Building your bank pool is not easy, as the saying goes, if it was, everyone would be doing it. But there are some simple things you can do.
- Place ads on social media - Target your ideal candidates via paid advertisements on Facebook, and invite them to submit their CV
- Use traditional recruitment methods - Place ads in local newspapers and job boards - although this method can be admin heavy, which, as a nurse manager is often the last thing you need.
- Enlist the help of Locate a Locum - We have a unique bank product that can help grow an engaged bank of direct and agency workers reducing administration and ensuring improved compliance.
Our technology helps you manage vacancies with ease, post live shifts via a mobile app, review applications and improve communication. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help grow your bank pool download our brochure by completing the below form.