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Royal College of Nursing

Representing nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in practice, shaping health policies

District nurse speaking to Superintendent in 1949

NHS 70 – looking back

On 5 July 1948, health care professionals across the UK rolled up their sleeves for a historic day at work –the NHS had arrived.

The NHS at 70
13 July

Pay rise extended for staff on Agenda for Change contracts not directly employed by NHS

The RCN has welcomed news of a pay rise for staff in England on Agenda for Change contract terms outside the NHS.

12 July

'Removing the student nurse bursary has been a disaster'

Ministers must look again at student funding, the RCN says, as nursing degree applications fall further.

Nursing Pay campaign

NHS pay: What happens next? 

Find out about the NHS pay deal for England and the current pay situation for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Nursing pay



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