The CSP has welcomed the three-year pay offer for NHS staff in Wales and is currently consulting CSP members on the proposals.
The offer was negotiated with health unions including the CSP. It largely mirrors the offer recently agreed in England, although there are some differences.
The proposal is made up of a number of parts:
- Structural reform of Agenda for Change and a pay rise of at least 6.5 per cent over the next three years for most members (bands 2 – 8B)
- Members at the top of their band will receive an additional unconsolidated 1.1 per cent lump sum in 2019/20
- Higher starting salaries for staff in every pay band by removing overlapping pay points, getting rid of the lowest pay points while keeping the top ones (this should assist with recruitment and maintain better staffing levels).
- Reducing the number of pay points in bands 2-7 means it takes fewer years to get to the top of your band so there will be bigger rises for those still progressing through the pay system.
- There will be longer gaps between increments, which will no longer be annual, but when you do get them they will be worth more.
- During the three years, and for staff still receiving increments, pay rises will be a mix of annual award, incremental progression and structural reform. You may therefore receive some of the increase on April 1, with the remainder on your increment date, or all on April 1 depending on where you are currently in the structure.
- Consolidation of the new NHS in Wales minimum rate of £17,460, from 1 April 2018 into annual salaries. Revised all Wales policies for occupational sick leave and pay progression, and the development of an all Wales Menopause Policy and a Buying and Selling of annual leave.
- At the end of the three years NHS pay in Wales will be aligned to the improved NHS pay scales in England.
- The offer is funded from additional monies and so will not be financed from existing NHS budgets, avoiding extra strain on patient services.
The CSP’s view
The CSP‘s lay member council working group on pay is recommending the offer to members.
The CSP believes the offer is the best that can be achieved by negotiation. While it isn’t everything the CSP believes physiotherapy staff in Wales deserve, it is a good start towards recovering pay levels. It begins to show the recognition that our members and all other NHS staff deserve for the contribution they continue to make under ever-growing pressure.
However, the final decision is for our members.
The CSP has been running workplace meetings across Wales and there will now be an online vote to give each member directly employed by the NHS in Wales a chance to have their say on the proposals.