Five physiotherapists on bank contracts will have their professional registration expenses partly paid by their employers Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT following the intervention of their CSP steward.
The PCT has agreed to pay £38 towards the cost of the annual Health Professions Council £76 fee to agency staff, backdated to 2007. Most staff received the sum in line with the nationally agreed award. A small group of bank staff within rehabilitation and adults services did not. CSP north west regional steward Beverly Stansfield said: ‘This was a grey area in the agreement but the trust have agreed to both pay it and back date it.’ Beverly Stansfield said the staff are qualified band 5 physiotherapists who, whilst employed on a bank basis actually work as regular full time staff members with regular hours of work and who are eligible to receive yearly incremental uplifts on their bank contract. ‘Their regular employment duties can be traced through the electronic staff record. None of the staff have employment secured in other organisations where they would be eligible for the £38 payment.’ CSP senior negotiating officer Karen O’Dowd said the win was excellent. ‘The fact that the trust have accepted our proposal and that the bank staff have not been treated differently and thus benefited from the same award as their colleagues who are on permanent contracts is a great result and a good example of partnership working.’
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