Brass banders who work in (for) the NHS

Discussion in 'Recruitment Corner' started by Simon_Horn, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Simon_Horn

    Simon_Horn Member

    With 1.2 million employees in UK, the NHS is something like the 3rd biggest employer in the come we don't have a brass band made up of NHS staff??

    There is a large high street bank in UK that have a band and the players get time off work (paid) to go and play 3 or 4 times per year with the band at various functions....perhaps we could organise something similar?

    So, if you work for the NHS - either directly or as a contractor - and may be interested in forming a new brass band then send me a message. If there is enough interest I will get the ball rolling :)

  2. joker66

    joker66 Member

    I work for the NHS. I think it is highly unlikely that the NHS will allow staff to have time off for rehearsals. Staff availability within the NHS is extremely stretched, with study leave being cancelled to cover clinical shifts etc so without being too negative I think this is unlikely to happen.

    If it did, would be happen help with concerts etc if in the vicinity, but would not want to leave my current band.

  3. Red Elvis

    Red Elvis Active Member

    Hi Simon- have dropped you a line via FaceBook.

    Liz above makes some very valid points , especially regarding clinical staff . But if it's at all do-able , I'd be interested !

  4. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    So are we are going to see a doctor's and nurses band at whit friday, marching down the road to the theme tune from casualty with the bass drum on a gurney????

  5. kierendinno

    kierendinno Member

    I think it's a great idea! Being the biggest employer in Europe, there should definitely be the players in place to do it!! :)
  6. joker66

    joker66 Member

    If it did, would be happen help with concerts etc if in the vicinity, but would not want to leave my current band.

    Have just re-read my response and noted that this did not make sense. It should read 'if it did, would be happy to help with concerts etc ...'

  7. Simon_Horn

    Simon_Horn Member

    hahaha - and you thought I was just being silly on Sunday you know I was serious!!
  8. Simon_Horn

    Simon_Horn Member

    Yes, i'll have a word with someone that would know. I know there are lots of shortages etc etc but the NHS does have some of the most family friendly terms going and with a big drive to increase retention, perhaps a NHS brass band would be something Trusts would be keen to promote.
  9. sophunk

    sophunk Member

    I am def interested
  10. RobBari

    RobBari Member

    You are correct to say that the NHS has an excellent "family friendly" policy, but this covers childcare etc. and does not extend to social activities. Many of my colleagues, ( I work in a very busy Microbiology dept) are currently finding it increasingly difficult to take time off due to staffing and work pressures, so the idea that Trusts will allow extra time for banding is unlikely.
  11. Cantonian

    Cantonian Active Member

    I would agree with that Rob.
  12. 7 of my band work for the NHS perhaps we should form the nucleus!