NHS Employers' Pay Review Body Evidence 2020/21

10 / 01 / 2020

We have now published our 2020/21 evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHS PRB). 

Our evidence has been informed by a continuous cycle of engagement with a full range of NHS organisations about their priorities.

Given the nature of the multi-year agreement reached on pay in 2018, our evidence is focused on updating the NHS Pay Review Body on implementation progress and highlighting employers’ concerns.

Key messages

  • The priorities for employers are the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, consolidating the benefits of the restructuring of the NHS terms and conditions of service for Agenda for Change staff, and continuing to support recruitment and retention initiatives.
  • Despite the five-year funding settlement, the NHS continues to feel the combined effects of rising demand, workforce shortages and financial pressure.  There will remain difficult choices ahead about where available funding should be directed against agreed workforce priorities.
  • The NHS is, but must also be perceived widely in society to be, an honourable, rewarding and exciting place to work. If staff excel, they will be recognised and celebrated as much as they would be in any other working environment.
  • Our people are at the heart of what makes the NHS. Improving their experience will remain central to improving the experience for patients, and we look forward to working with our partners in our combined efforts to make the NHS a good place to work for those staff that we have now and those that we will need in the future.
  • There is a real risk that without the right workforce, the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan will not be met. We are building on the extensive work that we have already undertaken to support employers in their efforts to value and engage their staff, to promote their health and wellbeing, to improve the leadership culture.

Download the submission in full.


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