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Local pay discussed by foundation trust


A Midlands foundation trust has proposed that its staff go “several years” without incremental pay rises.

A discussion paper seen by Nursing Times reveals the changes that Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust would consider if it left the national Agenda for Change pay agreement and set pay locally.

The paper was produced in October, just over a month before chancellor George Osborne announced a review of how local pay might be adopted in the NHS.

Burton’s proposals include allocating a single “rate for the job” for each pay band, with no more than one pay point below this rate. This would mean nurses staying on the same increment pay level for several years rather than progressing annually up a pay point.

The paper said: “For jobs where it might take several years to become fully effective, progression to the rate for the job should take place over that period of time.”

Additionally staff might lose pay rises and slip back to the “rate for the job” if their performance dropped. Top performing staff could be rewarded through bonuses “based on individual performance”, it suggested.

The paper said a “large number of trusts” are considering whether to move away from AfC and Burton is “seeing organisations working together to further this agenda”.


Readers' comments (6)

  • Here we go again.

    Foundation Trusts = Reduction in pay and alterations to terms and conditions, always for the worse.

    Is this attack on public sector workers ever going to stop?

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  • "...staff go “several years” without incremental pay rises"

    what is the point of that?

    does this include ALL staff at ALL levels? or perhaps only nurses?

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  • tinkerbell

    Another nail in the coffin for nurse retention/recruitment. We'll reach a point where we're better off on the dole. Perhaps that's what they want, then they can shut down everywhere and blame it on lack of resources. Feel some swear words coming on so i'm outta here, they're all just muckers.

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  • H E L L o o o ?

    Just checking to see if there is anybody of some moderate intelligence out there?

    (that is besides nurses themselves who don't appear to be permitted to oversee their own profession, the current readership and the commentators!)

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  • I think strike action for a prolonged period may be necessary in the near future.

    Will the unions please grow a pair and start to agitate???

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  • tinkerbell

    Anonymous | 16-Jan-2012 4:23 pm

    Sadly i think so too. Time to stop pussy footing about and actually make a STAND for our future, otherwise we ain't gonna have one. We will be left a sham, neither a profession, no NHS, no quality care, nothing but whatever they dictate, just puppets. The game that is being played with our profession by this government is a dirty, dangerous one, to discredit us on every level,(we're not all bad uns), turn the public against us, but enough is enough and i think it is now time that we all thought earnestly about fighting back as they are not prepared to play fair with us. It's now or never. We are the NHS, the nurses and doctors and i for one am not prepared to go down without a fight. We need to mobilise now as a whole and get this sorted once and for all, for the generation of nurses to come and the fundamental principles underlying our society and our NHS. They ain't seen nothing yet if we all remain united. We just have to believe in ourselves as a whole.

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