Message forwarded on behalf of Ken Bremner,
Chief Executive, & Ann Clay, Staff Side
As you will be aware, we are currently in the
process of disclosing the results of job evaluation for the
majority of staff, as planned.
On examining these results, there are a number
of emerging issues, which indicate that some staff will
potentially be financially disadvantaged on transfer to the Agenda
for Change system.
As a high performing Trust, we acknowledge that
the success and achievements we have enjoyed in recent years have
been as a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our
staff. We also remain firmly committed to the principles of Agenda
for Change, which provides the basis for a fair and consistent pay
However, in recognition of the value we place on
our staff, the Agenda for Change Project Board has, following
discussions with staff side colleagues in the Joint Consultative
Group, decided at this time not to transfer those staff who may be
financially disadvantaged by the process. In the meantime,
however, as we want to be absolutely sure that the process we have
followed locally is robust we will be gathering more detailed
information to allow us to review the situation fully. In
parallel, we will be giving feedback to the Department of Health
on the situation now and as it unfolds.
We would like to emphasise that this decision in
no way detracts from the hard work, integrity and impartiality of
those who have done a fantastic job in implementing Agenda for
Change thus far on behalf of the Trust.
We hope that you will agree that this is the
most appropriate way forward at present. Be assured that we will
continue to keep you informed of the next stage through the usual
Staff Side - UNISON
Went to an Amicus meeting this week
All members have done badly it seems - MLSOs
Medical Electronics Estates Also done badly are Finance admin, IT.
Some clerical ie a dept secretary has got a few extra spine points
on her new band (band 3) compared to her previous band.
The nurses have done the best it seems.
An F grade nurse from OP who is not the most
senior in the dept ie she has a G grade over her has got band 7
(the G grade with the budget also got band 7). Neither nurse does
hands on clinical in terms of running specialist nurse led clinics
etc. A very senior research figure in the trust then also got a
band 7 (not a nurse) - we just cannot see the logic at all.
Some people cannot score points in certain
sections eg estates, IT and this seems to mean they cannot get
access to some of the pay that nurses can - it is still unclear
though and hopefully the union will collate the info and look at
patterns. There was discussion at the Amicus meeting that the
people who did a Job eval questionnaire ie the 36 page one seemed
to do worse than those who just had an interview and were matched
- again this needs research and discussion as it may just be