Using recruitment and retention premia - a guide


11 / 6 / 2014 4.30pm

NHS Employers has worked in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, Department of Health, and Unite/CPHVA, to produce a briefing to advise employers about some of the options available to them to aid recruitment and retention of health visitors.

Recruitment and retention premia (RRP) are additions to the pay of an individual post or specific group of posts, which can be used when labour market pressures make it difficult for employers to recruit and retain staff in sufficient numbers at the normal salary rate.

Agenda for Change conditions enable employers to use RRP to support the recruitment and retention of valuable skills.

RRP may be particularly useful where:

  • NHS providers are keen to attract health visitors back to the profession and a pay supplement may help them to make this decision
  • health visitors are employed through employment agencies rather than substantively with the NHS provider and a pay supplement may make working for the provider more attractive
  • staff are considering leaving the organisation and a pay supplement may encourage them to stay within the workforce (in the case of long term RRPs this would be pensionable).

Our new briefing contains helpful information, and practical advice and guidance for employers considering using RRP to attract and retain skilled health visitors. It sets out the rules within Agenda for Change, considerations to be made about using this as a potential employment solution, and a case study from a trust which has done so. It also offers advice on pensions flexibilities which could help with skills retention of health visitors considering retirement.

Download the Recruitment and Retention Premia briefing.

Using recruitment and retention premia - a guide

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