05 / 5 / 2010 Midnight
The Executive of the NHS Staff Council asked the Job Evaluation Consistency Monitoring Group to investigate outcomes on CAJE in respect of maxillofacial prosthetist and technologist (MPT) jobs.
The monitoring revealed evidence of under-evaluation, particularly with regard to the Knowledge, Training and Experience (KTE) factor. Also contrary to advice on the front page of the dental technician and Health Care Scientist (HCS) generic profiles, several of these jobs were matched to dental technician profiles inappropriately. The appropriate KTE level for a MPT post would be no lower than level 7.
Matching panels are reminded to consider the range of knowledge required for maxillofacial prosthetist and technologist (MPT) jobs, for example, whether it is required in more than one specialist area, the nature and length of training for each specialist area. It is recommended that they set out the actual knowledge required prior to making their assessment. As MPT services are generally small in size, the consultant or principal profiles may be more appropriate than the HCS Manager profiles, as they generally allow higher levels for KTE and effort factors, for what are primarily practitioner roles.
It is recommended that trusts revisit their outcomes in respect of MPT jobs and satisfy themselves that the outcome is appropriate. In the case of MPT jobs matched to dental technician profiles, it is recommended that these be rematched to the HCS profiles.
The Job Evaluation Group
The Job Evaluation Group is a national technical sub-group of the NHS Staff Council whose remit is to continue to ensure that the NHS Job Evaluation Scheme is fit for purpose. Its membership includes representatives of the health service, the four UK health departments and representatives of the NHS joint unions.