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.
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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.