New terms and conditions for NHS staff are close to agreement.
Officials for the Government, employers and trade unions told delegates at
the conference that the Agenda for Change – proposals aiming to change and
modernise pay structures – are expected to be agreed this month.
It will include a new pay structure, job evaluation and possible
introduction of team bonuses, and will be piloted in some hospitals this year,
while full implementation is scheduled for April.
Officials at the conference including Ben Dyson, head of NHS pay at the
Department of Health, and Andrew Foster, HR director at the DoH, refused to go
into details of the negotiations.