Pay rise for practice nurses
NHS Employers has announced a 2.5 % pay rise for practice nurses under the Agenda for Change scheme.
The new deal, which includes an improved pay award for lower paid staff, additional funding for staff training and a contribution towards professional regulation fees for clinical staff, also specifies a commitment to discuss a three-year pay deal.
It will affect around one million non-medical staff on Agenda for Change pay bands who are paid by PCTs, but would not impact on staff directly employed by practice themselves.
However, Alastair Henderson, deputy director of NHS Employers, admitted that the increases could lead to privately employed nurses demanding similar increases.
'I'm sure they (nurses not under agenda for change) will feel they ought to have the same but it's also the case that there are practice nurses who earn more than other nurses,' he said.
Unions will now consult their members on the original offer, which amounted to a 2.5% staged pay increase with 1.5 per cent payable from April 2007 and the balance from 1 November 2007.
If accepted, a pay circular will be issued to trusts allowing them to pay the 2007/8 increase backdated to April 1 2007.Agenda for Change pay bands rise by 2.5% Agenda for Change pay bands rise by 2.5%