The NHS staff council has agreed changes to the Agenda for Change handbook following consultation by individual health unions with their respective memberships.
The focus will now be on issuing guidance on implementation of the changes, which affect England only. Unions hope to issue the guidance with the employers.
Peter Finch, CSP assistant director of employment services, said: ‘We don’t welcome these changes but we believe they give us the best chance of maintaining the integrity of the national agreement.’
The changes provide both the flexibilities the employers sought to keep national terms and conditions fit for purpose and some protections for staff when workforce changes are made, Mr Finch said.
‘We expect this agreement to provide security for CSP members and that their pay, terms and conditions will continue be negotiated nationally. We don’t expect to see any further moves towards local pay such as the proposals by trusts in the South West cartel.
‘Any proposals to introduce changes locally will be met by strong, collective resistance’.
CSP members in England were balloted and the majority accepted the changes in the interests of defending Agenda for Change.
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers, said: ‘These changes represent a significant development.
The revisions ensure the national pay framework is being responsive to the needs of the service, supporting compassionate patient care and improving job security.
The negotiations have been understandably challenging, coming as they do on the back of industrial action, changes to pension schemes and a significant reorganisation of the NHS.’
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