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New NHS pay circular sets out latest nurse salary increases


NHS Employers has issued a new pay circular for staff on the Agenda for Change contract, setting out salary increases from April.

The organisation, which represents NHS providers, has told employers in England how much they should be paying staff on different Agenda for Change bands from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

It follows the government’s recent acceptance of the NHS Pay Review Body recommendation of a 1% uplift for all health service staff.

The uprated values of the pay points, new maximum and minimum values of high cost areas are set out in the circular – see Annex C and Table 16.

As a result of the increase, nurses on band 5 can expect to be paid from £21,909 to 28,462 depending in their increments, while those on band 6 can expect to receive between £26,302 and £35,225.

Those on band 7 will get from £31,383 to £41,373, again dependent on increments, while the most senior trust nurses could get from £40,028 to £82,434, depending on their position in band 8.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, band 3 healthcare assistants can expect to receive between £16,800 and £19,655, and assistant practitioners and other band 4s will get £19,217 to £22,458.

The Department of Health backed the review body’s recommended 1% uplift in the value of each of the pay points on the pay spine and an increase of 1% in the value of the maximum and minimum values of “high cost area” payments.

Unions, including the Royal College of Nursing, Unison and Unite, have yet to formally accept the pay offer though it seems likely that they will do so.

However, in their initial responses, most unions noted that the 1% rise was once again below inflation at a time when nurses were facing increasing financial hardship.

A revised version of Agenda for Change “will be published shortly”, added NHS Employers.


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  • so generous, thank you thank you thank you!

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  • mps got another 10% pay rise

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  • There's going to be a rush by nurses to buy themselves a holiday villa in Spain thanks to this generous increase- mark my words!

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  • We should all stand together, united with the doctors and all NHS staff for a decent living wage. We are our own worse enemies time to take our fight to the ballot boxes. As for this government....they don't give a dam about us or the NHS
    I love the NHS and we should fight to make it great again and as a nurse we should say enough is enough

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  • The RCN will roll over like the good dog they are and accept the paltry pay rise. I can't recall a time when the RCN gave up lip service and actually fought for it's members.

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  • employ yourself, become an agency nurse.

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  • That covers the extra we were forced put in our pensions....thanks, so grateful.

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  • The living wage will close the gap between qualified and unqualified staff making it hardly worth the work required and accountability to become and remain a qualified nurse and pay for the privilage.
    Yet another smack in the teeth for caring, going the extra mile for people, coping with the pain, anxiety and stresses that people go through and knowing that you are dealing with people's lives not targets.

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  • i have worked in a general practice for over 9 yrs as a senior nurse, have only once received a 1% pay increase , lets hope I receive what is recommended this year, not that it will make much difference to my salary . I'm exhausted.

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  • This 1% will go a long way to offset the extra 9% tax imposed by changing bursaries to loans for the workforce from 2017. Oh wait, no that's still more than a £500 a year pay cut to an average nurse wage. Thanks Jeremy, so generous.

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