NHS Pay Review Body Twenty-third Report 2008

NHS Pay Review Body Twenty-third Report 2008

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The NHS Pay Review Body was originally known as the Review Body for Nurses and Allied Health Professions (NAPRB) and was set up in 1983 to advise the Government on the pay of NHS nursing staff, midwives, health visitors, and the professions allied to medicine (PAMs). Following the introduction of Agenda for Change in late 2004, the Review Body's remit was extended to cover all allied health and health care science professions, pharmacists, optometrists, applied psychologists and psychotherapists, as well as clinical support workers and technicians supporting these groups. The Body's name was changed to Review Body for Nursing and Other Health Professions. In July 2007 the Review Body's remit was again extended, firstly to cover the remaining NHS staff not within its remit but who were nevertheless paid under the Agenda for Change pay system; and secondly to include staff working in Northern Ireland. The Body's name changed again, to the NHS Pay Review Body, to reflect the broader remit. In this report the Review Body recommends a pay increase of 2.75 per cent. There is evidence of declining levels of morale within the NHS and the Review Body is concerned that declining morale would have an adverse effect both on the NHS's ability to meet service delivery targets and on its ability to recruit and retain staff in the longer term. For these reasons, it is necessary that the figure recommended for the pay award is above that sought by the Health Departments. Individual chapters cover: recruitment and retention; high cost area supplements; morale, motivation and training; funds available to the Health Departments; pay and prices; level and structure of 2008-2009 pay recommendations.4.45 From the evidence we have seen, our view is that morale has indeed declined across the NHS over the past year and ... services, so it is disappointing to note that cuts in funding appear to have continued to slow its effective implementation. ... the Staff Side in their evidence this year and we urge both sides to work together to ensure that the relaunch is successful. ... Although recruitment and retention data does not indicate that staff are leaving, it may be ( though we have no directanbsp;...

Title:NHS Pay Review Body Twenty-third Report 2008
Author:NHS Pay Review Body
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2008-04-17


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