NHS pay review body


About the NHS pay review body

The independent NHS pay review body (NHSPRB) makes recommendations to the government on pay awards for nurses, health professionals and other NHS staff.

NHS Employers submits evidence to the review bodies, based on information collected from our policy board, our regular meetings with NHS HR directors and our online surveys. Final decisions on pay awards are made by the government. 

We have now published our 2018/19 written evidence to the NHSPRB.

Key messages

  • The financial outlook remains extremely challenging and restricts the ability of the NHS to invest in pay without new additional funds.
  • Employers recognise the need to support recruitment and retention of staff. More needs to be done to attract recruit and retain the workforce that is needed now and in the future.
  • Employers welcome the Secretary of State‚Äôs announcement of a robust, coordinated approach to workforce strategy. Getting workforce policy right in the future will be central to delivering sustainable and affordable high-quality health and care services.
  • NHSPRB evidence highlights the importance of further pay and contract reform. Meaningful pay reform must be in a balanced package of changes to include terms and conditions, as well as pay structure reform.
  • Employers have told us that pay and contract reform is dependent on additional national investment into pay following the period of pay restraint.

Read our 2018/19 NHSPRB submission

The NHS Pay Review Body has now published its 2018 report on Agenda for Change pay.

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