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NHS pay proposal

The CSP has worked with other NHS trade unions to negotiate a framework pay agreement with government that we believe will benefit all NHS staff.

NHS pay changes
How will my pay change?

Find out how your pay could change as a result of these proposals.

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These benefits include a three-year pay deal and changes to the pay structure to make it better and fairer.

Crucially, the government has committed new money to pay for the deal – not money taken from patient care.

Read on for more about the pay offer, downloadable resources and further information, and, how you can have your say.

What is the offer?

The offer contains a number of different elements, all of which you can read about in more detail at www.nhspay.org.

Got more questions?

For further information about the pay deal, download our list of frequently asked questions.

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The offer includes:

  • increasing pay by at least 6.5 per cent by April 2020 for everyone
  • removing overlaps in pay bands by getting rid of the lowest pay points, whilst keeping the top ones
  • reducing the number of points significantly in pay bands 2-7 meaning it takes fewer years to get to the top
  • higher starting salaries to assist with recruitment and maintain better staffing levels
  • supporting the lowest paid NHS staff by introducing the national living wage
  • protecting unsocial hours payments
  • retaining current levels of annual leave  

How can I have my say?

File 230416CSP members can register for a webinar explaining the proposed changes.

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The CSP is a member-led organisation and we now want all NHS physiotherapy staff to be able to understand this complex offer and express their views.

Over the next two months we will offer a variety of ways in which you can do this, including workplace meetings, webinars and an online vote that will run between 8 and 29 May.

Check back soon on our website and keep an eye on your inbox for CSP emails about this.

Why is the CSP recommending these pay proposals?

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  1. The rises break decisively through the 1 per cent pay ceiling experienced by CSP members since 2010.
  2. Unlike in any other public service, they are separately funded – they will not be financed from existing NHS budgets and will therefore avoid extra strain on patient services.
  3. It will provide a big uplift in starting salaries and faster progression to the top of each pay band.
  4. It removes band overlaps, ensuring promotion comes with a proper pay rise.
  5. These changes should make working in the NHS more attractive. It should boost recruitment and retention, and so somewhat alleviate the load of existing staff while also improving services.

The best possible negotiated deal

While a considerable number of the things that we and other health unions sought have been achieved, we didn’t secure everything. This is the nature of negotiations. We see this as the beginning of recovering pay levels, not the end.

We recognise too that these proposals affect members differently. Those already at the top of their pay bands will receive a 6.5 per cent uplift and an additional 1.1 per cent lump sum in the second year. Those who are still progressing to the top will also gain from bigger increments and quicker progress to the top.

We believe these proposals are the best deal that can be achieved through negotiation and a better deal than the likely alternatives. The proposals are also considerably better than any other pay deal in the public sector for many years.

This is why the CSP’s Industrial Relations Committee and CSP Council have decided to recommend the offer to members. Twelve other health unions in addition to the CSP are recommending the proposals and the final decision on the proposals will be the collective one of all NHS staff.

What about Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

We will keep members updated on any progress in similar offers made in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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14 March 2018
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