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NHS Staff Council joint statements and papers

Statements, papers, and guidance that has been agreed jointly through the NHS Staff Council.
Agenda for change, NHS Staff Council

30 July 2021

The national NHS Staff Council has overall responsibility for the Agenda for Change pay system and has representatives from both employers and trade unions.

Below lists updates and statements from the NHS Staff Council, including guidance relating to the NHS terms and conditions of service.

NEW - Guidance for joint union-employer partnerships on reviewing flexible working policies - 30 July 2021

To support staff and employers embed revisions to Section 33 of the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook successfully, the NHS staff council has produced joint negotiations guidance detailing the crucial need for good partnership working to take place between unions and employers. Read the jointly agreed guidance. To support this, NHS Employers in partnership with the NHS Staff Council, has developed flexible working enablers for change guidance.

Guidance on managing long-term COVID-19 sickness absence - 1 July 2021

Read jointly agreed guidance to help employers in England support staff on long term COVID-19 sickness absences.

NHS Staff Council principles for inclusive pay arrangements - 30 June 2021

The NHS Staff Council has jointly agreed a set of principles to support the negotiation of inclusive pay arrangements when setting up continuity of care teams for midwifery, or other services. Read the principles in full.

Joint statement on flexible working in the NHS - 29 June 2021

The NHS Staff Council, on behalf of NHS trade unions and employers, has jointly agreed revisions to Section 33 of the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook, which will include a new day one right to request flexible working. Download and read the statement.

Update to quarantine guidance – 10 June 2021

The NHS Staff Council guidance on quarantine and has been revised by a joint working group of the NHS Staff Council Executive. The amendments incorporate the changes to international travel, introduced by government on 17 May 2021, which include the introduction of the traffic light system. Access the guidance

Joint guidance on the end of the 2018 pay deal - 30 March 2021

The NHS Staff Council has jointly agreed guidance to support with the transition out of the 2018 pay deal. The guidance summarises the final elements of reform which take effect on 1 April 2021 and outline the temporary arrangements for the bands 8-9 consolidated payments. Download and read the statement.

Agreed framework on overtime payments and pay during annual leave - 12 March 2021

Following negotiations, the NHS Staff Council has agreed a framework to enable NHS employers in England to resolve issues relating to how annual leave pay should be calculated under section 13.9 of the NHS terms and conditions of service. Visit the web section which includes FAQs and download and read the framework agreement in full. 

Joint FAQ on bands 8a–9 consolidated payments – 11 March 2021

The NHS Staff Council Executive has jointly agreed guidance for staff currently in receipt of the consolidated payments in bands 8a-9 but who are not due to reach the top of their band until after 1 April 2021. Download and read the guidance.

Joint guidance on pay progression during COVID-19 – 4 February 2021

A joint working group of the NHS Staff Council Executive has jointly agreed guidance to support the application of pay progression during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download and read the guidance

Joint guidance on the management of annual leave during COVID-19 – 22 January 2021

The NHS Staff Council has updated its guidance to support the management of annual leave during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download and read the guidance.

Update to quarantine guidance – 19 January 2021

This document is an update to the initial NHS Staff Council guidance on quarantine and has been revised by the joint working group of the NHS Staff Council Executive. The guidance incorporates the introduction of pre-departure testing prior to travel to England which took effect on 18 January 2021. Access the guidance. 

Joint communication on overtime payments and pay during annual leave – January 2021

The NHS Staff Council has jointly agreed a communication on the negotiations for overtime payments and pay during annual leave. Download the statement.

Joint update to the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) - January 2021

The NHS Staff Council has submitted a joint update to the NHS PRB setting out progress made in relation to the 2018 framework agreement.

Update to joint guidance on shielding due to COVID-19 – 23 November 2020

This document is an update to the initial DHSC guidance on shielding and has been produced by a joint working group of the NHS Staff Council Executive. The guidance provides advice for staff who need to shield. Download and read the guidance.

Joint statement on the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review 2020 consultation – 30 September 2020

As part of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review 2020 consultation, which closed on the 24 September, the NHS Staff Council co-chairs submitted the following joint statement as part of the call for representations. Read the statement in full.

Joint FAQs on COVID-19 sickness management – 3 September 2020

This document will help you with your approaches to sickness management during COVID-19. These questions and answers have been produced by a joint working group of the NHS Staff Council Executive. Read the document in full.

Joint FAQs on pay protection due to COVID-19 – 11 August 2020

Read the answers to questions around approaches to pay protection during COVID-19 which have been produced by a joint working group of the NHS Staff Council Executive. Access the document.

Flexible contract options to support the bank workforce during COVID-19 – 9 July 2020

Download guidance on how employers can support the bank workforce during COVID-19 in this document from the NHS Staff Council.

Joint interim statement on annual leave and shielding due to COVID-19 – June 2020

A joint interim statement on annual leave and shielding has been agreed pending further joint work with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement on guidance for the management of leave during the COVID-19 emergency. Download and read the interim statement.

Joint guidance on overtime payments during COVID-19 – May 2020

The NHS Staff Council has jointly agreed guidance to support conversations on the introduction of temporary local changes to overtime payments made to staff during the COVID-19 emergency and its aftermath. Download and read the guidance in full.

Joint statement on COVID-19 - February 2020

The NHS Staff Council has jointly agreed a statement on good partnership working and issues to consider when developing local plans to combat COVID-19. Download and read the statement in full.

Joint update to the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) - January 2020

The NHS Staff Council has submitted a joint update to the NHS PRB setting out progress made in relation to the 2018 Framework Agreement. 

Joint statement on apprenticeship pay - November 2019

Following negotiations on the rate of pay for apprenticeships, the NHS Staff Council has reached a no-deal outcome. Read the full statement.

Joint communication on buying and selling annual leave - November 2019

The NHS Staff Council has jointly agreed a communication on the outcome of negotiations for buying and selling annual leave. Download the statement.

Framework agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change - June 2018

This framework document sets out a three-year agreement covering the years from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. It sets out both the pay investment that will be made and the reforms that employers, NHS trade unions and the Department of Health and Social Care are agreeing to implement over the period of the agreement and going forward. 

NHS Staff Council joint statement on the budget - November 2017

Following the Chancellor's budget on 22 November, the NHS Staff Council has released the following joint statement:

“The Chancellor’s announcement that the 1 per cent public sector pay cap will be relaxed for the NHS Agenda for Change workforce and additional funding will be made available is a positive development. It is vital that all NHS Staff feel valued and adequately rewarded to address recruitment and retention issues to ensure safe patient care.

Employers and trades unions recognise that the continuation of tight pay restraint in the NHS cannot be sustained any longer in view of staff shortages and morale issues evident across all parts of the country, which are beginning to affect the care and treatment for patients.

The relaxation of pay restraint provides a welcome opportunity to explore pay and productivity improvements for the health service. We are committed to further partnership discussions but appreciate this will be challenging given the economic outlook and the continuing tight NHS finances set out in the budget."

Advice note on DOCAS - September 2017

The NHS Staff Council has jointly agreed an advice note on employer level agreements for the deduction of contributions at source (DOCAS), otherwise known as the check-off. It should be noted that the guidance is for England only.

Apprenticeship guidance - July 2017

The NHS Staff Council has jointly agreed general guidance on apprenticeships in the NHS. Read their new guidance Apprenticeships in the NHS.

Public Sector Exit Payments update - July 2017

The NHS Staff Council has jointly agreed a brief update on Public Sector Exit Payments, covering some of the work that the joint working group is discussing, and the next steps. Read the Public Sector Exit Payments update.

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