National nursing and midwifery job profile review

NHS Staff Council's Job Evaluation Group review of the national job evaluation matching profiles for nursing and midwifery.

29 April 2024

Following a request made by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Royal College of Midwifes (RCM) to the NHS Staff Council, the NHS Job Evaluation Group is undertaking a review of the national job matching profiles for nursing and midwifery (band 4 and above). The purpose of this review is to ensure that the profiles accurately reflect current nursing and midwifery practice, training, and role development.  

Update April 2024: Revised profile consultation

Between 29 April and 30 June 2024, the Job Evaluation Group (JEG) will be consulting on proposed revisions to the job evaluation matching profile for nursing and midwifery - bands 4, 5 and 6.  

JEG is inviting detailed responses and additional evidence that will be used to confirm or further amend the draft profiles before publication.  

View the draft profiles:

We have also produced a document that compares the existing profiles with the proposed drafts.

Your feedback:

To view the feedback questions before you provide a response, download the questions.  

To send through your feedback to NHS Employers, please complete our online feedback questionnaire by 7pm on Sunday 30 June.

What’s next?

Whilst the consultation is ongoing, JEG is progressing on bands 7 and above and those revisions will be consulted on later this year.

Please promote the consultation within your organisations and networks to ensure a comprehensive response is received, ideally in partnership between employers and staff side colleagues. 

  • Outcome of the evidence gathering survey: evidence report - May 2023  

    Following its evidence review, the NHS Staff Council Job Evaluation Group have published an interim update report on national job profiles (band 4 and above) for nursing and midwifery. 

    The evidence received showed that the majority of employers and stakeholders can use the profiles, for the most part, but that improvements to them are necessary to assist matching panels in using them effectively. 

    Of greater concern was evidence received indicating that job descriptions – and therefore potentially also banding outcomes – are not regularly reviewed and have not been kept up-to-date despite changes to responsibilities and job requirements. 

    To view the evidence report and a webinar recording outlining its finding, please click here. 

    JEG is now undertaking further work to review the language and terminology of the existing profiles, updating it where necessary, including a review of the profile labels and job statements to ensure they reflect current clinical practice and deployment. In doing this work, JEG’s aim is to show clearly the differentiation between the bands and provide greater narrative examples of the factor levels (the ‘non-bold’). 

    This work is being undertaken in partnership by JEG members according to its usual profile review process and conventions. 

    Drafts of revised profiles will come to the NHS Staff Council for comment and consultation in the usual way. 

    The review is ongoing and is expected to move to consultation on the first set of draft profiles later this Spring. 

    Employers are advised to take the following action in anticipation of the review outcome – May 2023 

    • Secure board engagement and conduct an organisational risk assessment (Learn from experience of HCSW band 2 and 3) 
    • Consider your deployment model and whether job descriptions are accurate and comprehensive (ensuring understanding of the difference between professional development of staff and job evaluation of posts) 
    • Consider your JE operation by using the JEG Self-Assessment Checklist 
    • Build internal JE capacity – consider training more panellists.

    Nursing and midwifery profile review launch webinar - September 2023

    A supporting webinar was successfully held on 7 September 2023 by NHS Employers and the NHS Staff Council Job Evaluation Group to explain how and why these profiles are being reviewed. It also explained how employers could contribute to the evidence gathering stage of the review that ran until May 2023. 

    Webinar video


    Download the presentation slides. 


    Claire Surtees

    Management-side joint co-chair 

    NHS Blood and Transplant 

    Salli Roddis

    Management-side joint co-chair 

    NHS East Sussex Downs & Weald 

    Louise Chinnery

    Staff-side co-chair 


    Nicola Lee

    Head of Job Evaluation and Equal Pay 

    NHS Employers 

    Paul Watt

    Scottish management-side rep 

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 

    Penny Bromley

    Staff-side rep 

    Chartered Society of Physiotherapy