Moving forward on NHS pay

With NHS staff nearing the end of a three-year pay deal, the CSP is asking members to complete a survey we're conducting as part of our evidence gathering for the anticipated NHS pay round 2020/21.


Physiotherapists, support workers and all NHS staff deserve a fair and early pay rise.

Claire Sullivan, CSP director of employment relations and union services

Have your say on NHS pay - CSP member survey

All the health unions are working together to make the case for a significant pay rise that is delivered early and fully funded. This is crucial to recognise the loss in pay due to a decade of austerity and also 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.

Alongside this, the CSP has already begun the process of gathering our members' views on pay to enable us to submit specific evidence relating to physiotherapy to the Pay Review Body (see below).  

The main opportunity to get involved in our evidence to the Pay Review Body is a survey sent out to NHS-employed members between 21 October and 8 November.

The survey is open to members who work as an employee or worker in the NHS and should take just 10-15 minutes to complete. Most eligible members should now have been received an email invite to the survey.  If NHS-employed members have not received an invite, this might be due to incomplete employer data in their membership records, which can be reviewed through the CSP’s website. The survey can also be accessed through the link below.

The survey is UK-wide but we need a good response rate from members in each country. To supplement the survey, a series of online, focus group-style pay meetings will be run in each of the CSP's trade union regions, and all UK nations, throughout October 2020.

These meetings will allow the CSP to present the experiences and attitudes of members in more detail than the survey allows, but only one workplace per region will be asked to participate in these sessions.

What is the Pay Review Body?

NHS pay is normally set through the Pay Review Body (PRB) process, which reviews evidence submitted by governments across the UK, by health unions and by NHS employers. The PRB then makes recommendations to government ministers who decide whether to accept them and what pay awards should be implemented. If this process is used for 2021/22 pay, it is expected to start in early autumn.

What are we asking the government to do about NHS pay?

The CSP and 13 other unions representing health service staff are asking ministers to work with us to move NHS pay forward by:

  1. Making an immediate commitment to pay talks to show staff how much they are valued. Because warm words and applause simply aren’t enough.
  2. Recognising the importance of pay in tackling the vacancies that exist across all sectors of the NHS workforce in every ward, team, department and clinic.
  3. Using an early pay deal to help deliver on government recruitment and retention targets and safer staffing levels for patients.
  4. Integrating an early NHS pay deal into plans for helping the economy to move forward given the size of the NHS workforce and the positive effect for local businesses of staff having more money in their pockets.
  5. Providing the funding needed to deliver an early, meaningful and much-deserved pay rise for all staff in the NHS.

The CSP will keep members and our workplace reps informed of progress in this campaign. 

This page will be used to highlight other opportunities to get involved in political and digital campaigning that will run in parallel to the CSP's PRB evidence submission. This may include writing to your MP, or putting yourself forward to provide testimonials and case studies about recruitment, retention and pay in the NHS.

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