NHS Pay Review Body 2017/18 pay round - written evidence from NHS Providers
We recognise the need to appropriately and fairly reward staff, to support recruitment and retention and a motivated workforce. We do not oppose a 1% pay award for 2017/18, on the understanding that it is fully funded through local and national contracts for 2017/18.
A 1% pay award should not be targeted at the national level, as in the current industrial relations climate this may be divisive and it may not take account of differing local recruitment challenges.
Trusts consider that reform of the wider Agenda for Change agreement remains a priority. However, we recognise that reform is difficult in the current context of pay restraint.
Incorporating the National Living Wage is likely to be the most pressing pay issue for Agenda for Change during this comprehensive spending review period. It is important that a plan for this is set out.
Too often NHS workforce policy has been fragmented across different bodies and marginalised as an afterthought in national policy decisions. We consider that there is a need for a more strategic and coherent approach to workforce policy, including workforce planning.