In light of the recent government lockdown announcement, Florence nurses and carers are being urged to seek block bookings and exclusive contracts wherever possible. If you aren’t already signed-up to an exclusive contract, there are several reasons to consider doing so.
First, you will help mitigate care providers' Covid-19 risk by allowing them to maintain staffing consistency while reducing the amount of people who pass through their organisation.
You will also be offered first-pick of shifts from your contracted work place, giving you more control over your schedule.
Finally, exclusive contracts offer you a sense of security and consistency at a time of rapid change in the care industry.
If you decide to become an exclusive contract worker through Florence, here are some things to be aware of which may differ from your usual bookings process.
Non-exclusive staff bookings
Some care homes seek exclusive staff only. If you try to book a shift with one of these care providers and you are not currently signed up as exclusive staff for that care home, you will receive a warning message notifying you of any shift rules for that provider - eg you need to have a recent negative Covid-19 test in order to work this shift.
The notification looks like this:
This does not mean you cannot apply for the shift, but the care provider will need to first approve you as a non-exclusive.
Exclusive staff restrictions
If you have an exclusive contract you will only be able to apply for shifts at your contracted home for the duration of your contracted dates. Once you’ve entered into an exclusive contract you will see an icon on your profile alerts page.
The icon will look like this:
If you click on the icon you will see a pop-up detailing the terms of your contract.
The pop-up looks like this:
How to enter into an exclusive staff contract
As always, we are here to help answer any questions you may have about working as exclusive staff via Florence. Simply get in touch with your account manager using the [email protected] email address, or by calling 0203 911 2555 to get started.
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