Nurses urged to complete survey on longer working
Health unions are conducting a survey of members to investigate your views about working longer in the NHS.
It will form part of their response to the Working Longer Review, which is being carried out jointly by unions, NHS employers, and government health representatives.
The Public Services Pensions Act 2013 means the majority of the NHS workforce will have a normal retirement age of between 65 and 68.
The review has been set up to consider the possible impact of a raised pension age and how the NHS will be able to provide a high quality service with an ageing workforce.
The review has launched a “call for evidence” to identify examples of best practice that facilitate staff working longer as well as learn about any issues and barriers that may make working longer to a higher pension age more difficult.
Royal College of Nursing employment relations Adviser Nicola Lee said: “The issue of NHS staff working longer is a contentious one. Some staff believe they will not be able to work longer and some NHS organisations are not prepared for an ageing workforce.
“However, the Public Services Pensions Act 2013 is now law. That means from 2015, 70% of the NHS workforce will have a normal pension age equal to their state pension age, which will be between 65 and 68, and so the NHS must be ready to meet the challenge.”
The deadline to complete the 5-10 minute survey is 12 August.
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