Many community nurses and other NHS staff who use their own vehicle to reach patients could see an increase in the amount of money they can claim back from next month.
A new system for reimbursing staff for the extra costs of using their vehicles for NHS business will be introduced from 1 July.
Under the new system, agreed by the NHS Staff Council earlier this year, the reimbursement rate will rise or fall to reflect changes in the cost of motoring – unlike the present system.
All staff defined as “standard” users under the present system will see an immediate increase in their reimbursement as will those who have all, or some, of their reimbursement paid at public transport rate, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
But those currently defined as “regular” users may see an increase, decrease or no change to their payments, it warned.
RCN senior employment relations adviser Gerry O’Dwyer said: “For the first time there is now a direct and automatic link between costs and reimbursement.”
Under the new system, from 1 July the reimbursement rate will be 67p per mile for the first 3,500 miles and 24p a mile thereafter. The rate will be automatically reviewed twice a year in April or May and October or November.
Meanwhile, the current public transport rate, 24p, will cease and be replaced by a “reserve rate” that will be set at 50% of the single rate – 33p in July. Travel for undertaking required training will be paid at the full rate of 67p.
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