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Pay victory for nurses in Hertfordshire

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Hundreds of newly qualified nurses in West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust are in line for a lump sum payment.

The payments, which will affect newly qualified nurses joining the trust since October 2004, follow negotiations between the Royal College of Nursing and the trust over “accelerated pay progression”.

The pay policy was introduced under Agenda for Change and entitles newly registered nurses to move up one point on the pay scale after six months and another point after 12 months.

However, like many nurses around the country, nurses at West Hertfordshire Hospital never received it.

The successful outcome in Hertfordshire follows a number of other successful negotiations carried out by the RCN in partnership with other unions in Birmingham and Derbyshire, where newly qualified nurses have had long standing disputes with employers. 

RCN Regional Officer for Hertfordshire John Wilkinson said: “Accelerated pay was introduced to help recognise the rapid progression that newly registered nurses undergo and it is right that nurses who achieve such standards receive it.” 

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  • Fantastic, i am pleased that newly qualified nurses are recognised, we are the only profession who are not rewarded for our training or experience,and the only ones who have to pay for the privalage, £78 per year. newly qualified teachers get a government lump sum after 6 months perceptership , then at one year another reward, fireman and policemen start off on a higher payscale than we do, our role is more sressful and at times more dangerous, working more than your contracted hours with no extra pay and no time owing ( there is no staff to cover your time back) and it is expected for you to do this, it is our duty, we do the job because we love it, it is our vocation,but it is about time we are recognised for the role we do and rewarded as such.

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  • Did hertfordshire get all the back pay because my trust is even now only offerrring back pay to 2009 at 85% only and the RCN is backing them for some reason

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