The NHS Staff Council
Representation on the NHS Staff Council consists of the four UK health departments, all organisations representing NHS employers and all the nationally recognised staff organisations (the CSP has two seats on the Council).
The NHS Staff Council's remit also includes the negotiation of any variations in the harmonised national core conditions of service across the NHS; the negotiation of any enabling agreements or variations in any enabling agreements in respect of conditions of service which are not harmonised; and the interpretation of the Agenda for Change agreement and the general operation of the NHS pay system.
The NHS Staff Council does not consider individual cases (these are resolved at individual employer level), nor does it negotiate pay settlements. The Council may, however, form sub-groups to discuss analysis of evidence and issues with significant implications for a particular group, with a view to receiving recommendations for improvements, for example on equalities and diversity, and car mileage rates.
Decisions of the NHS Staff Council are reached by agreement between both employer and staff representatives. All decisions of the Council require the formal agreement of the Secretary of State for Health and the Ministers of Health for Scotland and Northern Ireland and the National Assembly for Wales.
An Executive Committee of the NHS Staff Council meets at least four times year or more frequently if necessary, to take forward the day to day business of the Council and to hear reports from any technical working groups that may be established. It will also monitor the implementation of Agenda for Change and the Knowledge and Skills Framework. There are 6 trade union seats on the executive committee. These are filled by election from amongst the nationally recognised trade unions. Currently the seats are held by UNISON, Unite, RCN, GMB, RCM and CSP.