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NHS members accept reluctantly changes to their pension scheme

Anonymous 1 May 2012
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1 May 2012 - 1:36pm

CSP members working in the NHS and associated social enterprise companies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have voted to accept changes to the NHS pension scheme following a postal ballot.

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The CSP will now focus on other big issues facing members.

The Society`s industrial relations committee meeting today received details of the ballot result and an update on the consultation process of other NHS unions.
 
The full result, based on a turnout of 36%, was:
 

1.Do you think the proposed final agreement represents a fair offer? 

Yes  22%
No 78%
 

2.Are you willing to accept the offer as the best achieved by negotiation?

Yes 68%
No   32%
 
Just over half those who voted to reject the offer (ie one sixth) said they would be willing to take sustained industrial action to achieve a better offer.
 

Unfair

IRC chair Alex MacKenzie said: 'The decision to accept the government proposals should not be seen as any vindication of their position, as clearly demonstrated by the numbers who didn't believe the proposals represented a fair offer. 
 
'Clearly our members who fully supported the strike action in November were not prepared to damage their relationship with patients or the vital services they provide on this issue.'
 

What next?

The IRC agreed the decision to accept would now be considered as part of joint union discussions taking place over the coming weeks. 
 
Ms MacKenzie added: 'The committee agreed that the CSP will now focus on some of the other big issues facing members including a further period of pay restraint with the government proposing a one per cent cap for 2013 and 2014 and the prospect of regional pay in the NHS, an idea discredited in the 1990s but regurgitated by the present government.'
 

Other unions and Scotland 

The CSP was due to discuss NHS pensions with other health unions in the NHS staff side executive on 3 May, but no joint union position is expected until the remaining  ballots are completed by five other unions at the end of May.
 
Meanwhile, in Scotland, separate discussions are continuing on possible changes to the NHS pension scheme in Scotland. Members will be kept informed of progress. 
 
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interactiveCSP - iCSP

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This is the community area of the website. In short, it’s physiotherapy for and by physiotherapists. It is only available to CSP members who need to log in to gain access.

iCSP provides CSP members with access to a wide range of online physiotherapy communities, which we call ‘networks’. They cover clinical and occupational interests, treatment modalities and other professional or employment themes. Some are private but most are open to all CSP members.

Members can join whichever networks relate to their interests and can leave them at any time. Each network provides access to discussions, documents and other resources. Once in a network members can add content, join existing discussions, or simply find out what their peers are thinking and doing.

With the largest networks now exceeding 15 000 subscribers iCSP has, over the last 10 years, grown into an invaluable source of clinical and professional know-how. It is easy to use and is searchable, it includes summaries of the latest content and sends subscribers regular email bulletins of new content on their networks.

To start using iCSP simply log in and follow the on-screen guidance.

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CSP works to ensure members make informed decision on NHS pensions

Anonymous 26 January 2012
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26 January 2012 - 1:51pm

The society has pledged to provide further clarification and answer the queries from members on NHS pensions as it continues talks with the government to hammer out outstanding issues to be included in a final offer document.

CSP assistant director of employment relations and union services Peter Finch said today: ‘We recognise the many issues of concern to members regarding the proposed protection arrangements as well as the need for answers to questions, such as when can I retire, and when will I be able to access my final salary pension?

‘This includes people who may have deferred benefits but who are not currently working in the NHS.’

The CSP is involved in discussions on these issues and is working towards a final offer document to replace the 'Heads of agreement' published just before Christmas.

‘As soon as this work is completed we will publish further details and ensure members have this information before you vote on any final offer,’ said Mr Finch.

On 19 January the society’s industrial relations committee decided to hold a consultative ballot of CSP members in the NHS and related social enterprise companies on the government’s proposals.

CSP’s key points on the pensions offer

  • The majority of health unions, including the CSP, believe the ‘offer’ in the draft ‘Heads of agreement’ is the best achievable via negotiation given the stance of the coalition government
  • Significant and tangible improvements to the original offer resulted from unions balloting for, and taking strike action, on November 30
  • Every CSP member in the NHS and related social enterprise companies will have a vote on whether to accept the government’s final offer or take further sustained strike action in an attempt to gain more improvements
  • Pending the member consultation, the CSP has neither accepted nor rejected the offer
  • The CSP will continue to use every opportunity to highlight the difficulties of physiotherapy staff working into their late 60s
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Plans to consult members on pensions offer move forward

Gary Henson 6 January 2012
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6 January 2012 - 1:56pm

The CSP is firming up plans to consult members on the final proposals on NHS pensions put forward by the government last month.

The society’s industrial relations committee will be taking the decisions on the shape of the membership consultation on 18 January. 

Lesley Mercer, director of employment relations and union services, said: ‘All members will be given an individual say. 

Regional membership meetings

‘In addition, a cross-section of membership meetings, addressed by a CSP officer, will be held in each region and country between 19 January and 1 February.’

An initial CSP briefing on the draft ‘Heads of Agreement’ that emerged from last month’s negotiations was emailed to members on 22 December. The society plans to supplement this with further resources to help members consider the final proposals - and the alternatives.

Meanwhile, the results of additional industrial action ballots for members in Northern Ireland together with a small number of health organisations in England and Scotland were announced yesterday. These members could not be included for technical reasons in the initial ballot or subsequent strike action on 30 November.

Ballot results

In Northern Ireland, members voted decisively by 83% to take strike action, on a 51% turnout. In the five employers in England, the vote went narrowly against strike action on a 46% turnout. In Scotland, where just one member was involved, there was also a yes vote for strike action. 

‘The aim of these additional ballots was to ensure that the members concerned were given the opportunity to take part in any further industrial action that might be called by the society as part of the pensions campaign,’ explained Ms Mercer.

‘In order to preserve the ballot mandates and keep members’ options open while the UK-wide membership consultation on the government’s final proposals takes place, the CSP has written to each of the 11employers concerned to formally request an extension of the legal deadline for triggering the first day of any industrial action.’

Draft agreement

Alex MacKenzie, industrial relations committee chair, said: ‘I want to stress to members that, to date, the society has neither accepted nor rejected the draft agreement on pensions. 

‘What we have done, along with the majority of other health unions, is agree to put the draft agreement to our members as the best that can be achieved through negotiation, following the very strong role played by CSP members on 30 November.’

It will be up to each health union to decide on how best to consult its members on the offer.

For further information see the pensions page on the CSP website, at the link below.

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CSP backs call for NHS resources to target community care

Ian A McMillan 3 January 2012
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3 January 2012 - 4:35pm

A call for the NHS to target resources on treating patients at home rather than hospital has been welcomed by the CSP.

The society was responding to a New Year’s message from the NHS Confederation, whose head Mike Farrar said that at least one patient in four in a NHS hospital would be better off receiving care from NHS staff at home.

CSP head of public affairs and policy, Donna Castle, said: ‘Physiotherapy has a key role to play in supporting people in the community. This is better for the patient and more efficient for the NHS. 

‘We support moves to increase investment in community-based physiotherapy services, to ensure the support is there for people when they need it.’

Rehabilitation role

Ms Castle said physios could play a key role in helping to rehabilitate people who had survived a stroke or heart attack, or in supporting those with long-term conditions to manage their illness and live independently.

‘Another example would be helping people with musculoskeletal conditions to return to work,’ she added. ‘Community-based physiotherapy has been proven to improve patient outcomes and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions.’ 

Mr Farrar said the NHS must convince people to let go of the ‘outdated hospital-or-bust model of care’ and shift resources into community-based services, early intervention and self care.

Meanwhile, politicians from the main parties in England are scheduled to start a series of meetings in the next few weeks over plans to reform social care provision. Ms Castle said CSP would ‘watch out for developments with interest’.

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CSP agrees to consider new offer on pensions

Lynn Eaton 22 December 2011
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22 December 2011 - 1:36pm

The CSP and other health unions have received a new offer from the government on its controversial pension plans.

'CSP members are quite rightly angry about the cavalier approach to their pensions taken by the coalition government,' said Lesley Mercer, director of employment relations and union services.

'Their anger was clearly shown by the solid support for the day of action on 30 November.

'Their action has undoubtedly helped to secure some improvements to the original offer from the Treasury in a very difficult negotiating climate. The government's final offer will now be considered by the society's industrial relations committee early in the new year, who will also consider how members will be consulted.'

The following proposals are among those the unions have secured as a result of the strike action:

  • Protection for the pensions of staff who are within 10 years of their normal pension age, including those who have 'special class' status of pension
  • The introduction of an improved accrual rate, compared to the original proposals
  • An extension of the current Fair Deal arrangements, to protect the pensions of staff who transfer out of the NHS as a result of competitive tendering.

The government continues to insist that NHS staff pensions should be brought into line with the state pension age. But the CSP has secured a review with NHS Employers and the Department of Health on the impact this will have on staff in physically demanding roles.

For latest information on the offer, see www.csp.org.uk/pensions

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That was the year that was

Lynn Eaton 16 December 2011
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16 December 2011 - 12:46pm

This year has been one of great success for the CSP,’ says Phil Gray, CSP chief executive.

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CSP chief executive Phil Gray joins CSP members on the 30 November Day of Action

‘Despite the many challenges that CSP members across the UK have faced, it has been a year of great achievements.

‘It’s been a year when members have worked hard to protect the quality of their services for patients. A year when members stood together in their thousands on 30 November to defend their pensions. And a year when the profession was recognised and thanked by patients, politicians and top athletes.’

Recognition

A recent opinon poll shows that public appreciation of physiotherapy has improved significantly. Some 72 per cent of people agree physiotherapy can help you stay healthy and improve health problems you may have compared with 60 per cent in 2009.

The physiotherapy profession was also publicly thanked at the CSP Congress in October by keynote speaker Gill Hicks who survived the London bombings and made an excellent recovery with the help of physiotherapy team.

The profession was also recognised by decision makers of all political persuasions, and mentioned hundreds of times in all four UK parliaments and assemblies. Positive media coverage about physiotherapy and the CSP reached a combined audience of 800 million people in 2011.

This was the year that the CSP took the message that ‘physiotherapy works’ - with robust clinical and economic evidence – to health professionals, service planners, commissioners and decision makers.  It was the year that the Society lobbied hard on the danger of cuts in patient care and the imposition of unfair competition, yet has produced survival courses and briefing guidance to find a way through for the future.

Speaking out for physiotherapy

2011 was also a year of protest. Hundreds of CSP members wrote to Westminster MPs with their concerns about the proposed NHS reforms and thousands joined the rally in March.

The year culminated in unprecedented strike action by physio staff as tens of thousands of CSP members withdrew their labour on 30 November in defence of NHS pensions.  

‘With 51,500 physiotherapists, assistants and students now members of the CSP, the profession is larger and stronger than ever,’ said Mr Gray. ‘We look forward to 2012 proud of the profession and standing strong together. 

‘Thank you, to all the CSP members, elected representatives, activists and CSP staff who have worked so hard to make 2011 a year of real achievement and success.’

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Members say Yes to strike action to defend pensions

Gary Henson 14 November 2011
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14 November 2011 - 5:13pm

NHS members have made their voices heard over plans to reduce their pensions in the result of their ballot, announced today.

Visit the pensions section for the latest on the planned day of action, November 30

Overall, there was a combined 66 per cent turnout for the two ballots – one in England and Wales, the other in Scotland.

The ballot covered CSP members working in the NHS and associated social enterprise companies. When combined, the results from the two ballots show that 86 per cent of those voting were in favour of industrial action.

The results showed:

England and Wales

  • Yes – 11,123 (86 % of the valid votes)
  • No – 1,808  (14 % of the valid votes)
  • Spoilt  – 19  papers
  • Total number of ballot papers counted: 12,931

Scotland

  • Yes – 1,618 (89.1% of valid votes)
  • No – 198 (10.9% of valid votes)
  • Spoilt – 1 paper
  • Total number of ballot papers counted: 1,816

File 102657‘This result demonstrates how strongly CSP members feel about this issue,’ said Alex MacKenzie (right), chair of the society’s Industrial Relations Committee (IRC).

‘It is a real boost to our attempts to persuade the government to change its proposals for the NHS pension scheme.’

The IRC met this afternoon after receiving the result from the independent balloting organisation Electoral Reform Services. It decided to authorise strike action for Wednesday 30 November.

The CSP immediately told all 276 employer organisations the ballot results. It will also notify employers confirmation of the strike action seven days in advance of it.

All CSP members will be sent an email today by Ms MacKenzie thanking members who took part and giving full details of the ballot result and explaining what will happen next.

Members in Northern Ireland and those in three trusts in England, who were not balloted, will also get an email from the society.

Members of both the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the Society of Radiographers also voted to take strike action in ballot results out today.

CSP stewards will be working together with representatives of other unions at local level to prepare for the day of action.

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Don’t put your injuries in untrained hands, warn professionals

Robert Millett 24 October 2011
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24 October 2011 - 7:30pm

Sports injuries should be treated by qualified physios, the Health Professions Council (HPC) and the Football Association (FA) said last week.

File 102297The two organisations launched a joint campaign for people to see HPC-registered physios rather than unregistered practitioners.

'I have seen at first hand the importance of the right advice and the right care,' said Gary Lewin (right), head of physiotherapy services to the FA.

'That can make a massive difference not just to sporting careers but to long-term health and well-being.'

Many people treat themselves or visit unregulated practitioners, according to a survey by market researchers Opinion Matters. One in three of those polled had suffered a sporting injury in the past five years but only 14 per cent sought help from a registered physio, it said.

'Relatively minor injuries can become long-term problems if left untreated,' said Dr Helena Johnson, chair of CSP council. 'It is very important that people see a registered chartered physiotherapist as early as possible.'

GP referral to physiotherapy on the NHS is easily accessible, she said. In some areas people can now refer themselves for an initial assessment.

Additionally, this CSP website allows members of the public to find private physios in their area.

HPC registration

'Members of the public can check with us whether the individual they are seeing is registered,’ said Kelly Johnson, the HPC’s director of fitness to practise.

'If they are not happy with the level of professional skills or the individual’s behaviour, they can take it up with us and we will investigate further.'

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