As you begin your physiotherapy career, pay will inevitably be an important issue and you may have seen media coverage about the current NHS pay negotiations.
A quick guide to understand what is going on
NHS pay is usually set through the Pay Review Body (PRB) process. The PRB is independent from government and reviews information and evidence from health unions, the government itself, and NHS employers. It will then make recommendations to ministers, who decide whether to accept them.
This year, NHS staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be covered by this PRB process. The Scottish government is not putting evidence into the PRB process. Instead, pay will be agreed between the government and NHS trade unions. At the time of writing, the Scottish government has proposed a four per cent rise and health unions, including the CSP, will be consulting their members.
The CSP believes a significant pay rise is crucial to recognise the loss in pay that has come from a decade of austerity, and the value of NHS staff that has been so clearly demonstrated during the pandemic. With recruitment and retention a key government target, fair pay is needed to ensure the NHS is sustainable into the future.
The one per cent pay increase suggested by the government is not a pay award/final decision; it is the proposal that the Department of Health and Social Care has submitted in their evidence to the PRB in their very late submission to the body.
The CSP has submitted evidence in support of a much more substantial pay rise.
- the PRB will now consider all the evidence, including conducting ‘oral evidence’ sessions with all parties to supplement the written submissions
- we expect the PRB to announce its recommendations to government in May and then shortly after this the government will announce the award for England
- in Wales, the health minister has already committed to honouring the PRB's recommendations
- between now and then the CSP with all the other health unions, will continue our campaign for a rise significantly higher than one per cent. We will also call on the PRB to listen to all the evidence, including our own, and to exercise its independence from government in making its recommendation.
What you can do
use the hashtag #CSP4FairPay on social media and share and like any articles you see supporting an early and significant pay rise for NHS staff
write to your MP in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to demand they stand with the CSP, physiotherapists & physiotherapy support workers for fair NHS pay
- visit this #WithNHSStaff campaign website for more information and to download a poster
- keep up to date with the latest NHS pay news Stand #WithNHSStaff for fair pay (csp.org.uk)
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