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Regrading Success

4 June 2004 - 9:10am

Fraser Smith, CSP steward at NHS Highland (formerly Highland Primary Care Trust), comments on another success getting three TI3 posts regraded to TI2...

Fraser Smith, CSP steward at NHS Highland (formerly Highland Primary Care Trust), comments on another success getting three TI3 posts regraded to TI2...

, comments on another success getting three TI3 posts regraded to TI2...

Differentials in skills appeared to be lessening between nursing grades (amongst other staff groups), who were starting to adopt the TI grades, and my own current TI3 grades (three longstanding staff: committed, well motivated and experienced). I felt that there was a "fairness" issue at stake here that needed to be addressed. Under the current Whitley system, which no doubt would have been used verbatim in any regrading panel, the three staff would not have, in all probability, received the upgrades they deserve.

SVQ's [Scottish Vocational Qualifications] are fine to a point, but I've found many Physiotherapy Assistants are working way beyond what's asked of them by this level of qualification. And also, with training budgets being as they are, there's only enough scope for one or two to take this route a year.

The only other possible route was the use of the PAM (PT'A') Whitley Council Enabling Agreement 1996 which, after a bit of two-ing and fro-ing, I'd got the Trust to take on board earlier this year. One has to say that, surprisingly to me, getting the Trust to even think about adopting this Agreement was far easier than I could have imagined. The main problems were the length of time it took to develop, and hacking out the "Proposed Local Criteria" to ensure there was no detriment to staff. I'd included within the Agreement scope for all the TI Grades.

The three job descriptions were submitted via the Physiotherapy Professional Lead in October 2003 to the Local Evaluation Panel (LEC) and we eventually came before the Panel on 14th May this year (the main problem was convening an appropriately "qualified" group!). The result? They were approved! Upgraded to TI2...all three of them!

I would say there are three 'Essentials' to success:

1. Do your homework. Read everything you can lay your hands on! The CSP Guidelines are surprisingly good and informative!

2. Spend as much time redoing the Job Description, then critically read it, rip it to shreds and do it again! Its all in the detail and it'll save any tears later!

3. Have faith in yourself. You get a real buzz when it works!!

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