How do NHS staff get paid?

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NHS staff are paid in a similar way to most staff in similar large organisations, via electronic bank transfer (BACS). These payments usually take place towards the end of the month.

To be paid by BACS you need to provide your NHS organisation with the following details when you join:

  • Your bank account number (usually 8 digits)
  • Your bank sort code (usually 6 digits)
  • The name on your account

If you have recently joined an NHS organisation or moved NHS jobs and you haven’t been asked for these details, you should contact your local HR team.

What if I don’t have a bank account?

Unfortunately, most NHS organisations require a bank account to pay staff. NHS payrolls can be very large, often including tens of thousands of staff, and this means that flexibility for different individual circumstances tends to be limited.

However, you should speak to your local HR team or recruiting manager to see what alternative options might be available.

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