Pay and conditions circulars

Statement

Schedule 4 to the NHS Act 2006 says that an NHS trust must pay its staff such remuneration and allowances and employ them on such terms and conditions as it considers appropriate.  

These advice notices, previously pay circulars, provide information on nationally agreed changes to the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook, commonly referred to as Agenda for Change (AfC).  Employers which incorporate handbook terms into their local contracts of employment will need to ensure that any contractual commitments to incorporate nationally agreed changes into the local contract are met.

The notices are numbered consecutively starting at number one in January each year.  

Pay effective from 1 July 2018

Pay advisory notice 01/2018

This notice advises of amendment number 39 to the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook.

On Wednesday 27 June 2018, the NHS Staff Council formally ratified the 2018 pay deal and the changes to the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service handbook. The pay related changes are set out in the Pay Advisory Notice (01/2018). The list of amendments or the creation of new sections or annexes are detailed below:

IS THE SECTION NEW OR AMENDED?

SECTION / ANNEX OF THE NHS TCS HANDBOOK 2018

KEY AMENDMENTS

Amended

Annex 2: Pay points in England

Pay scales for the three years of the deal have been included. Explanatory text is included to describe the level of structural reform in each year of the deal (2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21).

Amended

Annex 3: Pay points in England

The previous pay scale (01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018) set out in table 10 archived under Annex 3.

Amended

Annex 9: High cost area supplements

Updated in line with the Framework Agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change. The minimum and maximum rates can be found in Table 7 for the three years of the multi-year deal.

Addendum to Pay advisory notice 01/2018

Section/Annex Date of change  Detail of change 
Annex 2: Pay points in England   9 July 2018  Paragraph 22 was inserted in to Annex 2, to give further clarity on the one off consolidated payments some staff will receive in 2020/21. Paragraph numbering was also added to the Annex.


NHS Terms and Conditions of Service (TCS) Advisory Notice 01/2018

This notice advises amendments to version 39 of the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook. 

On Wednesday 27 June 2018, the NHS Staff Council formally ratified the 2018 pay deal and the changes to the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service handbook. The terms and conditions related changes are set out in the NHS TCS Advisory Notice (01/2018). The list of amendments or the creation of new sections or annexes are detailed below:

IS THE SECTION NEW OR AMENDED?

SECTION / ANNEX OF THE NHS TCS HANDBOOK 2018

KEY AMENDMENTS

Amended

Part 1: Principles and Partnership

New England only provisions to be effective from 1 July 2018.

New

Part 2: Section 1 Pay Structure (England)

New section created detailing the provisions for England only, in line with the Framework Agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change.

New

Part 2: Section 1 Pay Structure (Wales)

New section created detailing the provisions for Wales only. No content change from the previous version of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook, however, all references to England have been removed.

New

Part 2: Section 2 Maintaining Round the Clock Services (England)

New section created detailing the provisions for England only, in line with the Framework Agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change. Changes include:

  • amendments to the unsocial hours rates for bands 1 to 3
  • within the ambulance sector in England: all new starters, those affected by a move of role and those wishing to voluntarily move will have their unsocial hours payments paid via Section 2 (England)
  • confirmation of the changes to occupational sick pay for those in bands 1 to 3
  • England only version.

New

Part 2: Section 6 Career Progression (England)

New section created detailing the provisions for England only with references to Wales removed.

New

Part 2: Section 6 Career Progression (Wales)

New section created detailing the provisions for Wales only with references to England removed.

New

Part 3: Section 14 Sickness absence (England)

New section created detailing the provisions for England only, in line with the Framework Agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change. Changes include revisions to paragraphs 14.4 and 14.5 with an additional paragraph at 14.21 confirming the transitional arrangements for those on sickness absence at the time of implementation.

New

Part 3: Section 14 Sickness absence (Wales)

New section created detailing the provisions for Wales only. No content change from the previous iteration of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook, however, all references to England have been removed.

New

Part 3: Section 15 Maternity Leave (England)

New section created detailing the provisions for England only, in line with the Framework Agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change. Changes include the removal of references to annuality.

New

Part 3: Section 15 Maternity Leave (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

New section created detailing the provisions for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland only. No content change from the previous version of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook.

Amended

Part 3: Section 20 MARS

Correction of typing errors and updates to paragraphs 20.22, 20.24 and 20.27. Any references to ‘compromise agreements’ have been replaced with ‘settlement agreements’.

Amended

Part 3: Section 22 Injury Allowance

Updated references to other sections and annexes within the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook.

Amended

Part 4: Section 25 Time off for and facilities for Trade Union representatives

Correction of typing error.

Amended

Part 5: Section 31 Recruitment, promotion and staff development

Updated references to other sections and annexes within the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook.

Amended

Part 5: Section 34 Flexible working arrangements

Updating of references to other sections and annexes within the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook.

Amended

Part 5: Section 36 Employment break scheme

Updating of hyperlinks to external sites.

Amended

Part 6: Section 40 National bodies and procedures

Update of paragraph 40.15 to correct the list of recognised Trade Unions on the NHS Staff Council.

Amended

Annex 4: Working or providing emergency cover outside normal hours

Updated references to other sections and annexes within the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook.

Amended

Annex 5: Provisions for unsocial hours for ambulance staff

Updated in line with the Framework Agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change. Changes include the insertion of an eligibility clause.

Amended

Annex 6: Provisions for unsocial hours for ambulance staff

Updated in line with the Framework Agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change. Changes include the insertion of an eligibility clause.

Amended

Annex 19: Local appeals procedure (England)

Minor textual change - updated in line with the Framework Agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change.

New

Annex 23: Pay Progression (England)

Updated in line with the Framework Agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change. New paragraphs inserted (9 to 11) to provide clarity on how pay step points (increments) will be achieved.

New

Annex 23: Pay Progression (Wales)

New section created detailing the provisions for Wales only. No content change from the previous version of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook, however, all references to England have been removed.

Amended

Annex 29: Principles for harmonised on-call arrangements

Updated reference to other sections and annexes within the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook. Updated hyperlinks to external sites.

 

Addendum to NHS Terms and Conditions of Service (TCS) Advisory Notice 01/2018

Section/Annex Date of change Detail of change
Section 40: National Bodies and Procedures 28 September 2018 Updated paragraph 40.15 to reflect change of name for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists to College of Podiatry.
 

Archived pay circulars

Pay circulars issued in 2017 and going back to 2007 are in our archive:

2012 to 2017

2007 to 2011

2005 to 2006 

Prior to the establishment of NHS Employers in November 2004, responsibility to inform the NHS of changes to pay and allowances rested with the Department of Health. Changes were published in Advance Letters. Copies of Advance Letters going back to 2000 may be obtained from the national archives website.

For Advance Letters prior to 2000, please contact the Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries Unit, Department of Health.

If you have any queries please email agendaforchange@nhsemployers.org 

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