Our Members COVID-19 Bank Members FAQ's

Bank Member & Locum Doctor FAQ's

PLEASE NOTE: This advice is updated routinely to reflect the evolving situation around COVID-19. Please visit the official NHS website here for the latest information.

It is important that you follow official advice around preventative measures such as handwashing and etiquette around coughing and tissue use. See the official advice here

Since the start of the pandemic, NHS Professionals have been supporting our Bank Members by making self-isolation payments. This has been in line with the Staff Terms and Conditions section of the COVID-19 Workforce Guidance.

In line with the ‘Plan For Living with COVID-19’, the Government are now withdrawing the Staff Terms and Conditions section of the COVID-19 Workforce Guidance. This means that from 7th July 2022, NHS Trusts no longer offer special pay to those who are isolating. We are continuing to mirror the arrangements of our client Trusts and will be reflecting those changes in our own arrangements.

What this means in practice

From 7th July onwards, anyone commencing sickness absence due to COVID-19 will be managed in the same way as any other sickness absence and paid according to contractual sick pay arrangements. This means that where eligible, Bank Members will receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for any sickness absences which commenced on or after 7 July 2022. For more information on SSP, please visit the Help and Advice pages on our website.

If you have a patient facing role, it is really important that you continue to Lateral Flow test twice weekly and do not go to work if you test positive.

The safety of our bank members is always our priority and we work in partnership with our NHS Trust partners at all times to ensure this and maintain the highest standards of infection control. In relation to the current situation around COVID-19, if, as part of your shift, you are asked to work in an area where there are patients who have contracted the virus or are suspected to have done so, we will work with the Trust to ensure you have all the necessary PPE and Fit Testing as appropriate. If you are not asked to work in one of these affected areas as part of your shift, then PPE and Fit Testing will not be necessary.
The health and social care systems and public health authorities in all parts of the UK have cascaded information widely to all health professionals on steps to take if they identify patients who may have COVID-19. Visit the official NHS website here.
Bank members and locum doctors can book holiday as usual, but we would always encourage our workers to try and support patients and staffing in their Trusts.

Our Trusts always welcome those wanting to book shifts and help support staffing and patient care. If you would like to help the NHS, especially during the pandemic, please register to join the NHS Bank here. If you already a bank member, simply log on to My:Bank to see what shifts are available.