The NHS Pay Review Body has published its 2018 report on Agenda for Change pay. The report recognises that this was a year of notable change, following the end of the public sector pay cap and the largest reform to Agenda for Change since its introduction.
With trade unions accepting the proposed pay framework, and its ratification at the NHS Staff Council, the NHS Pay Review Body has not made any recommendations to pay, noting the significant work that went into the Agenda for Change reform and its agreement by the parties involved. Instead the report takes the opportunity to consider and provide commentary and analysis of the evidence submitted to them, and has drawn conclusions and observations. This provides a useful overview of stakeholder views and evidence of the workforce issues affecting the NHS.
The report welcomes much of the information provided in the draft NHS Workforce Strategy, but highlights remaining concerns around recruitment, retention and motivation of NHS Staff. Additional commentary is provided from the Review Body on the new NHS pay framework, and discusses work that remains to be done, including communication, implementation and monitoring for it to be a full success.