CSP ‘privileged’ to take up opportunity to work on behalf of health trade unions

A CSP staff member has taken up a key role representing health trade unions on the body which decides NHS pay and conditions.

​  Elaine Sparkes  ​
​ Elaine Sparkes ​ ​

CSP employment relations and union services (ERUS) assistant director Elaine Sparkes was elected to the position of staff side secretary of the NHS Staff Council earlier this month, the first time the CSP has held this crucial role.

The secretary works alongside the chair - a role held by close union colleague, UNISON - to lead the joint union work on behalf of the more than one million NHS staff covered by Agenda for Change.

Ms Sparkes said: 'The CSP has always been passionate about working together with fellow health unions and I am privileged to have been elected to this role and to have the opportunity also to raise the CSP profile further.'

Strong voice

ERUS director Claire Sullivan said: ‘It is an honour for the CSP to take up this role on behalf of NHS staff at a time when they need a strong voice more than ever. But this is also a great personal testament to Elaine - and a recognition of all the experience, passion, skill, and commitment she will bring to this role.

‘As NHS staff face growing demand, steeply rising cost of living and staff shortages, against a background of many years of public sector pay restrictions, a strong and united union voice on their behalf is essential. We are delighted to play our part in this.’

What is the NHS Staff Council?

The NHS Staff Council has responsibility for the Agenda for Change pay system and has representatives from both employers and trade unions.

The staff council's remit includes:

  • maintaining the Agenda for Change pay system
  • negotiating any changes in core conditions for staff on Agenda for Change and reflecting these in the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook 
  • providing national support on interpreting the national agreement for employers and trade unions.

NHS Staff Council

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