Job Evaluation Group advice

Meeting group work

The NHS Staff Council's Job Evaluation Group (JEG) provides advice, information and training for employers on the implementation of the NHS job evaluation (JE) scheme. This page summarises advice from the group.

Staff Council advice on NHS Integrated Urgent Care Career Framework 

Further to the publication of the NHS Integrated Urgent Care career framework in England, NHS employers are reminded of the need to ensure proper job evaluation processes are used when determining the pay bands for these new roles.  In particular the NHS Staff Council Job Evaluation Group (JEG) stresses the following:

  • The Skills for Health levels used to differentiate the roles are not the same as Agenda for Change pay bands or NHS job evaluation factor levels.
  • Competency based job descriptions such as the ones used in this framework document do not give sufficient information for evaluating or matching as they relate to how the job is carried out rather than its demand. Consequently, additional information will be necessary for job evaluation purposes, especially in relation to effort factors.
  • These are new jobs and will therefore need to go through a full job evaluation process including consistency checking, and the outcomes must be revisited after six to nine months once the job has had time to become established (see chapter three of the NHS job evaluation handbook)
  • Organisations should ensure they have a robust job evaluation audit trail for the banding outcomes attributed to the job descriptions used locally.

Further joint Staff Council advice on nursing associate pilots

The NHS Staff Council has reviewed the job evaluation aspects of the nursing associate pilots and wishes to clarify the following:

  • NHS employers recruiting to the national trainee nursing associate job descriptions must ensure that they are satisfied and can prove that the job matches to a national profile and that the pay band can be justified.  They should do this by undertaking a match using a partnership panel of trained job evaluation practitioners following the process outlined in the NHS job evaluation handbook.  Should employers adapt or alter this job description for existing trainees, they should review the job evaluation outcome as soon as possible. Importantly, employers should ensure they have a robust job evaluation audit trail for the banding outcomes attributed to the job descriptions used locally.
  • Previous advice that the national job description would theoretically match to a profile in the combined nursing profile suite for the pilot exercise does not mean that employers are absolved of legal responsibility for matching and consistency checking the posts.           

The list below contains past advice notes that the JEG has issued:

JEG representatives 

The Job Evaluation Group is jointly chaired by Debra Lomasney, Agenda for Change lead, NHS Wales Employers and Nicola Lee, Royal College of Nursing.

The group ensures the system is fit for purpose and provides ongoing national advice to organisations, to support local implementation of job evaluation.   

The JEG representatives are listed below.

Employer representatives

  • Debra Lomasney (chair) - Agenda for Change Lead, NHS Wales Employers

  • Eleanor Ransom - Job Evaluation Programme Manager, NHS Employers

  • Lynne Khindria - Pay & Terms and Conditions Lead, Management Steering Group (NHS Scotland Employers)

  • Sonia Pollock - National Project Officer (NHS Scotland Employers)

  • Claire Surtees - HR Manager, NHS Blood and Transplant

  • Salli Roddis - HR Strategic Business Partner, South, Central and West Commissioning Group

  • Ann-Marie Walker - Head of Transactional Processing, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust 

  • Kay Gilbert - Independent Advisor, Equal Pay

Staff side representatives

  • Nicola Lee (chair) - RCN National Officer, Royal College of Nursing 

  • Colin Poolman - RCN Senior Officer, Royal College of Nursing (Scotland)

  • Denise Linay - RCM Head of Organising and Engagement, Royal College of Midwives 

  • Ann Fordham - RCM Regional Officer (South East England), Royal College of Midwives

  • Louise Chinnery - UNISON National Officer, UNISON

  • Martin Jackson - Chair of GMB National NHS Committee, GMB

  • Pauline Kiely - Branch Secretary, GMB Union Yorkshire Ambulance Service

  • Paul Smith - Staff side Secretary, James Paget University Hospital

  • Penny Bromley - Senior Negotiating Officer, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

  • Kevin McAdam - Unite Regional Officer for Health, Unite the Union Northern Ireland

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