NHS Employers' 2017/18 evidence to the pay review bodies published

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We have now published our 2017/18 written evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB).

Both submissions are based on feedback collected from employers during an extensive period of engagement and the results of an online survey.

Key messages

  • The NHS continues to face unprecedented financial and service challenges. Managing pay cost remains an integral part of meeting these challenges.
  • NHS organisations continue to face workforce supply issues in relation to some of the health professional staff groups. The current shortage is essentially a supply issue and is not related to pay levels.
  • NHSPRB evidence highlights the importance of further pay and contract reform and that meaningful pay reform must be in a balanced package of changes to include terms and conditions, as well as pay structure reform.
  • DDRB evidence highlights that pay systems for medical and dental staff need to change to ensure that they support the NHS in delivering the priorities set out in the Five Year Forward View, improving care over seven days and meeting the changing needs of patients.
  • In both submissions employers have told us that they support the same percentage increase to be made to all staff within the average one per cent cap.
  • There is no evidence available at national level to justify or support differential increases in 2017/18. The average one per cent envelope is not enough to make any significant targeting worthwhile. To do so would be seen as inequitable and potentially damaging to staff morale and employment relations.

Find out more

Download the full versions of our evidence for both the NHSPRB and DDRB.

Supplementary evidence to the NHSPRB and DDRB

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