17 / 7 / 2015 10am
The NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) has published its observations on the barriers and enablers within the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay system for delivering seven-day services.
The review body has found that there are no contractual barriers within AfC that prevent the delivery of seven-day services. The NHSPRB did feel that there is a case for adjustments to the current unsocial hours arrangements but these should be undertaken in the context of a wider review of the AfC pay structure.
All parties were encouraged to set a deadline for reaching agreement. It was noted that, following the recent pay deal, England is working towards a May 2016 deadline.
Speaking on today’s publication of the NHSPRB report, Daniel Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers said:
“We welcome the observations of the NHSPRB in today’s report. Patients and employers want to see improved and better seven-day services, and employers have consistently told us that the national pay and conditions of service for all NHS staff, need to continue to adapt in order to make them affordable and sustainable.
In order to support the move to delivery of more services over seven days, as well as other ambitions for a better NHS, employers want to review conditions of service to give them greater scope to address their local patient care and affordability challenges.
We will continue to speak with our trade union colleagues, to ensure we continue to work in partnership to progress pay and contract reforms. Although we recognise that the recent announcement from the government of continued public sector pay restraint is likely to make talks more difficult, we hope trade unions will continue working with us in partnership to achieve the reforms necessary to improve patient care across the NHS."
To find out more visit our main pay review body report page