'Bank' Care Assistant jobWatch
(I'm new to this and know I'm probably posting this in the wrong section, sorry!)
I was recently successful in my interview as a Care Assistant and was told there and then that the job was mine. I remember looking down at the sheet she (the manager) was writing on and noticed it said 'bank' but thought nothing of it as it wasn't really mentioned to me.
Then we discussed what hours I'd like and I said as many as possible, so we agreed that because I'm a student 3 12hour shifts a week would suffice but that I can have as many/little as I like.
I'm currently awaiting my police check to come back before I can start and I just happened to Google what 'bank' means and I'm devastated. WHY would she offer me 3 shifts a week if I'm really only on an 'as and when needed basis'?
It should have been obvious that you were bank when she asked you how many shifts you wanted - full and part-time staff have fixed hours and they don't get to pick how many shifts they work (although some do take on extra shifts through the bank). Bank working is more flexible and better for students. Don't worry, you will be fine.
Just keep at it, and take what they offer you I'd advise, give yourself a good reputation then they'll always call on you.
It refers to the 'staff bank', which is a team of staff who can fill in for absent staff or help when wards are busy. If you have a 'bank' job, you will have access to a (usually weekly) list of shifts that require an extra staff member, and can book yourself in to work these shifts. It means you won't have any fixed hours, or be guaranteed work each week, but most of the time there is work available all through the week (especially now with COVID). It's good for healthcare students who are trying to make some extra money and get some valuable experience. Staff who have a permanent job in healthcare can also join the staff bank and pick up extra shifts to earn more. Nothing to do with an actual (money) bank
Oh right, that makes so much sense! Thank you ever so much for explaining! Are medical applicants able to do something like this during their gap year? Also, what kind of things does a bank care home assistant need to do?
In the care system there is always work for bank staff and you are consistently kept in work
You can say how many hours you would like to work a week and they offer you shifts