Government accepts 1 per cent uplift for NHS staff

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The government has accepted recommendations from the NHS Pay Review Body and the Review Body for Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, for a 1 per cent consolidated pay increase with effect from April 2017. These recommendations are in line with the government's public sector pay policy. 

Responding to the reports, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“Employers are facing unprecedented financial and service challenges, and managing pay costs remains an integral part of meeting these challenges. NHS organisations have developed their financial plans on the basis of a continuation of the government’s ongoing public sector pay policy of 1 per cent pay awards, together with payment of annual increments.

“Employers understand that a continuation of pay restraint over the longer term is of growing concern to our workforce; we will continue to work with trade unions to explore how the overall value of the NHS employment package offer can be maximised within the current constrained position.”

Agenda for Change staff

  • 1 per cent increase to all pay points from 1 April 2017 and 1 per cent increase to the high cost area supplement minimum and maximum payments.

Our new pay advice notice (Pay Advice Notice (AforC) 01/2017) details the new pay scales from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 for staff whose contract of employment incorporates nationally agreed pay provisions in the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook (Agenda for Change). 

We have also developing a new Agenda for Change pay chart and pay scales poster.

Doctors and dentists

1 per cent increase from 1 April 2017 to:

  • salary scales for medical and dental consultants, doctors in training and the staff and associate specialist group 
  • clinical excellence awards, discretionary points and distinction awards
  • flexible pay premia in the 2016 contract
  • salaried primary care dental staff 
  • the minimum and maximum of the pay range for salaried GPs.

We have published a new pay circular (Pay and Conditions Circular (M&D) 1/2017) giving full details of the uplift.

Next steps

The pay award will be implemented on ESR in May 2017 with pay arrears backdated to 1 April 2017.  For further support on this contact the ESR technical advice teams using the normal channels.

You can also view the full reports and recommendations from the pay review bodies on the Gov.uk website. 

Read the doctors' and dentists' report.

Read the Agenda for Change report. 

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