NHS pay review body

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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.

The NHSPRB has now published its 34th report on the pay of NHS staff paid under Agenda for Change for 2021 to 2022.

Key messages

  • The Review Body has been struck by the persistence of the Agenda for Change staff workforce gap, in particular for nursing staff. The Review Body understands that the gap impacts on staff and patient experience and creates risks for patient services and outcomes, and noted that plans to bridge the gap by recruiting overseas staff are likely to be undermined by the restrictions created by COVID-19.
  • The Review Body noted that the NHS People Plan creates an opportunity to recognise the role of Agenda for Change staff in England, as the plan is expected to contain significant and ambitious plans for workforce, leadership and staff development. The Review Body observed the inter-dependencies between the health and social care systems and that there are ambitions for further integration. The Review Body understands that there are significant differences between the two systems in pay and reward structures, which need to be reconciled for integration to go ahead effectively.
  • The Review Body explained that the NHS has an opportunity to create an attractive apprenticeship, which offers secure employment, fulfilling roles, and excellent training and progression opportunities.
Read the report in full on the GOV.UK website.

You can download and read our 2021/22 submission to the NHS Pay Review Body on our web page.

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