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Flexible travel reimbursements come into force from July

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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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Readers' comments (3)

  • tinkerbell

    steve, thank you for clarifying what this means. I got this email at work yesterday, being a bit dim i couldn't make head nor tail of what it actually meant as it was in trust language. I asked my colleague 'what does this load of old toot mean'. He said it means 'you'll still get the same rate'. 'Thanks'. I then deleted that email and went onto the next email.

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  • Does this apply to foundation trusts like mine who cut our travel payments to a flat rate of 45p a mile last year?

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  • A Nonny Mouse

    what about subsidising staff who live in rural areas and have to rely on taxi's to get them to work when the buses don't run?
    what about helping staff get to and from work safely by having free hospital transport

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