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Agenda for Change

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Agenda for Change Consultation in Wales

The RCM is consulting with members in Wales over proposed changes to Agenda for Change. The consultation will run from Monday 17th March to Tuesday 22nd April.

Last year, in response to very difficult financial circumstances facing the NHS in Wales the Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, established a Strategic Pay Taskforce whose aim was to look at how NHS Wales could save money in both the short and medium term. So the RCM, along with the other NHS Trade Unions, have been involved in difficult and complex negotiations with employers in Wales about making changes to Agenda for Change (national terms and conditions). The Welsh Health Minister has made the argument that due to the current stark financial challenges to the NHS in Wales he believes NHS Wales have to make amendments to Agenda for Change to ensure it is sustainable for the future and to save jobs. Welsh employers proposed some very drastic changes, however negotiators worked hard to improve the proposals and broadly they are the same as in England, apart from a proposal over mileage.


Please note that this consultation in Wales does not include the recent (13th March) announcement on the pay uplift for 2014/15 and is only consulting members about the proposals as outlined in the Member Briefing document (below). There will be further communications about a pay consultation in the future. If you would like further information about the pay announcement please click here.

If you are a member in Wales you can find more information by reading the Member’s Briefing document and the Frequently Asked Questions document and the Mileage Modeller document.
If you are a Workplace Rep in Wales you can find more information by reading the Workplace Reps Briefing document.

Every RCM Branch/Workplace will meet to discuss the proposals and then respond as a Branch/Workplace. We want as many members to attend their Branch/Workplace Meeting as possible, however, if you are unable to attend a Branch/Workplace Meeting you can complete the survey as an individual member. The Branch/Workplace should discuss the proposals and come to a consensus and either accept or reject the proposals.

We have arranged a series of meetings across Wales during the consultation, RCM staff will give a presentation on the changes and be on hand to answer questions. Please make sure you come along and have your say.

 

Wales Agenda for Change Meetings

Location

Time and Date

RCM Staff Attending

Royal Gwent Hospital

Aneurin Bevin University Health Board

11:00am Monday 24th March

Vicky Richards, RCM Regional Officer

Amy Leversidge, RCM Employment Relations Advisor

University Hospital of Wales

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

2:30pm Monday 24th March

Vicky Richards, RCM Regional Officer

Amy Leversidge, RCM Employment Relations Advisor

Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

12:00pm Wednesday 2nd April

Helen Rogers, RCM Director for Wales

Jon Skewes, RCM Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications

Bronglais General Hospital

Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

10:00am Wednesday 3rd April

Helen Rogers, RCM Director for Wales

Jon Skewes, RCM Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications

Glangwili General Hospital

Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

1:00pm Monday 7th April

Vicky Richards, RCM Regional Officer

Helen Rogers, RCM Director for Wales

Denise Linay, RCM Head of Organising and Engagement

Neath Port Talbot Hosptial

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

4:00pm Monday 7th April

Vicky Richards, RCM Regional Officer

Helen Rogers, RCM Director for Wales

Denise Linay, RCM Head of Organising and Engagement

Prince Charles Hospital

Cwm Taf University Health Board

10:00am Tuesday 8th April

Vicky Richards, RCM Regional Officer

Helen Rogers, RCM Director for Wales

Denise Linay, RCM Head of Organising and Engagement

Llandrindod Wells Community Hospital

Powys Teaching Health Board

1:30pm Tuesday 8th April

Vicky Richards, RCM Regional Officer

Helen Rogers, RCM Director for Wales

Denise Linay, RCM Head of Organising and Engagement




Agenda for Change (AfC) is the pay and conditions system for NHS employees. It covers all staff, except very senior managers and those covered by the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body. It modernises the pay and working conditions of midwives, and replaces all previous clinical grades (and many terms and conditions) with a new nine-band pay structure. Where your post fits into this structure will be determined by a new NHS-specific Job Evaluation (JE) scheme which judges the content of all NHS posts by the same criteria to ensure fairness and equal treatment for all.

Another major feature of AfC is a new annual development review process for all staff which includes appraisal, assessment and the production of a personal development plan, known as the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF).

Relevant documents, including nationally-agreed midwifery job profiles, are available to download from the boxes to the right.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to assist implementation of Agenda for Change NHS employers and NHS Trade Unions, including the RCM, have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. This can be found on the NHS employers website using the link below:


Midwifery job profiles:


Relevant documents: