NHS pay review body


About the NHS pay review body

The independent NHS pay review body makes recommendations to the government on pay awards for nurses, health professionals and other NHS staff.

Final decisions on pay awards are made by the government.  NHS Employers submits evidence to the review bodies, based on information collected from our policy board, our regular meetings with NHS HR directors and our online surveys.

2018/19 evidence - update as at 23 October 2017

We are currently waiting on the remit for the 2018/19 submission - further details will be added to this web page once the remit is confirmed.

This page includes details of NHS Employer's submission to the review bodies for the 2017/18 pay round. It includes our evidence, the recommendations of the review bodies, and the final pay awards.

2017/18 evidence submitted to the NHS PRB

Key messages

  • The NHS continues to face unprecedented financial and service challenges. Managing pay cost remains an integral part of meeting these challenges.
  • NHS organisations continue to face workforce supply issues in relation to some of the health professional staff groups. The current shortage is essentially a supply issue and is not related to pay levels.
  • NHS PRB evidence highlights the importance of further pay and contract reform and that meaningful pay reform must be in a balanced package of changes to include terms and conditions, as well as pay structure reform.
  • Employers have told us that they support the same percentage increase to be made to all staff within the average one per cent cap.
  • There is no evidence available at national level to justify or support differential increases in 2017/18. The average one per cent envelope is not enough to make any significant targeting worthwhile. To do so would be seen as inequitable and potentially damaging to staff morale and employment relations.

You can download a copy of the full NHS PRB submission here.

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