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.”