Joint statements and papers


This page contains statements, papers, and guidance that has been agreed jointly through the NHS Staff Council.

Flexible contract options to support the bank workforce during COVID-19 - NEW 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 guidanceApprenticeships 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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