30 / 5 / 2014 Midnight
Changes to pay protection
Following a consultation with stakeholders, the Department of Health has asked the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) to change the rules relating to pay protection. From 1 October 2014 pay protection will cease to apply to a Distinction or Clinical Excellence Award that is, or has previously been withdrawn or not renewed. Up to now there has been a system of salary protection in such cases.
ACCEA has already written to those individuals who have held a national Distinction or Clinical Excellence Award that has expired or has not been renewed and who are currently in receipt of pay protection. However these changes apply equally to local awards with have been withdrawn or not renewed.
Employers should also write to those staff affected by this change. NHS Employers and the ACCEA have drafted a template letter, which can be adapted locally.
For those employers who may not know of the relatively small number of consultants within their organisation who are currently in receipt of pay protection in respect of national awards then ACCEA will be able to confirm details.
Employers can email ACCEA.Secretariat@dh.gsi.gov.uk or call 020 7972 4608 to find out more. Employers will need to check local records for those who have had employer-based awards withdrawn and who may also be in receipt of pay protection.
Employer-based awards (EBA) 2014 round
We aware that while some employers have already embarked upon a round of Employer Based Clinical Excellence Awards for 2014 (that is, awards payable from 1 April 2014 if awarded) or are preparing for a round, others have been awaiting an announcement on the timings for National Awards. As a result there has been some uncertainty about whether or not employers are obliged to undertake a 2014 round of EBAs.
Our understanding is that employers have discretion now and in future whether or not to run a round of EBAs. In considering whether or not to undertake a round employers may wish to take into account the current financial circumstances and the potential impact upon local staff engagement initiatives. Some employers have developed local solutions, including for example a round which awarded notional points but no cash value as evidence of an overall contribution which might be taken into account at some point in future.