NHS Staff Council

Responsible for the Agenda for Change pay system.
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The NHS Staff Council has responsibility for the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay system and has representatives from both employers and trade unions. Their remit includes:

  • maintaining the Agenda for Change pay system
  • negotiating any changes in core conditions for staff on AfC contracts and reflecting these in the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook 
  • providing national support on interpreting the national agreement for employers and trade unions.
  • Executive meetings:

    • Wednesday 17 January 2024

    Plenary meetings:

    • Wednesday 13 March 2024
  • Where local partnerships are unable to agree an interpretation of the NHS terms and conditions of service, parties can submit a joint referral to the NHS Staff Council seeking clarity.

    These can be made to the joint NHS Staff Council via the secretariat. Referrals must be made in partnership (employer and trade union) in order for the NHS Staff Council to be able to give a view.

Jon Lenney reflects on his time on the NHS Staff Council

Jon Lenney was employer-side chair of the NHS Staff Council for over ten years. During this time, he has been instrumental in helping employers and trade unions to reach agreements on pay, terms and conditions of service and good practice guidance.

In this blog, Jon reflects on this role and his ambitions for the NHS Staff Council since stepping down as employer-side chair.

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