Nearly all NHS staff have now been moved on to the Agenda for Change pay and conditions system, according to official data.
The latest figures show that 96% of staff in England had been moved to their new pay band as of the end of December 2005.
Peter Smith, director of pay modernisation at NHS Employers – the pay body responsible for implementing change – said: “Moving hundreds of thousands of staff onto Agenda for Change pay bands in just 12 months is a huge achievement and is testimony to the hard work and dedication of the NHS staff and union representatives who implemented it, working in partnership.”
He said the employers’ organisation would continue to help those “few trusts” that were still experiencing transition difficulties.
Just over 90% of staff are now receiving their Agenda for Change pay with a further 5% due to see their new pay rates included in this month’s salary. All pay is backdated to October 2004.
Trusts have also been working hard to implement the first stage of the career development element of the Agenda for Change agreement.
As of the end of December, nearly 80% of NHS posts in England had been covered by a knowledge and skills framework scheme.