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In-house Temporary Staffing Service gets bigger

05 September 2019

Non-medical temporary staffing at Basildon and medical temporary staffing at Mid Essex will move to the in-house Temporary Staffing Service from Monday 9 September.

The change brings us closer to our goal of having one internal staff bank across the Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group, with improved and consistent policies and procedures and greater control. It draws an end to our temporary staffing contracts with Medacs and NHS Professionals, and provides staff with the opportunity to work temporary shifts at any of our Mid and South Essex hospitals. It follows non-medical temporary staffing at Mid Essex which moved over to the in-house service in July.

Join the staff bank
If you, or someone you know, would like to join the internal staff bank for extra shifts across our hospitals, please contact the in-house Temporary Staffing team: bank.recruitment@southend.nhs.uk or 01245 362 000 ext. 2032.

Work continues to enhance the service
A lot of work continues to bring the Temporary Staffing Service in-house:

  • Renew our relationships with agencies. Although our aim is to reduce reliance on agencies we still need their help when we cannot fill a shift using our internal staff bank. We continue to work with a consolidated list of agencies to redefine our relationship and put the right controls in place.
  • Complete a system overhaul moving Basildon to the same shift booking platform used at Southend and Mid Essex, Health Roster. Employee Online replaces the NHS Professional booking platform and works in conjunction with self-booking app 'Me', which can be easily downloaded free from Google Play or the Apple App Store. It makes it much easier at Basildon to release shifts for staff to book on. Drop-in training sessions for the new system are currently taking place at Basildon. View times and dates here >
  • Introduced Locum's Nest app at Mid Essex, making it easier for Doctors to find, book and receive payment for shifts. In just one week of launching, 1,200 shifts where visible on the app to almost 200 doctors. A further 40 doctors have since requested to join our internal staff bank and 700 shifts have already been filled via Locum's Nest. The app will be launched in October to Doctors at Basildon and Southend.
  • Distribute new uniforms to staff moving from NHS Professional to our internal staff bank. This will be done gradually, with pure bank workers continuing to wear their NHSP uniform until replacement uniforms are available (approximately six weeks). Affected staff will be contacted to complete a uniform order form.

Visit the Temporary Staffing Service intranet to find out more, including detailed FAQs: