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NHS pay deal: how students can take part

 Katharine Youngs 6 Apr 2018

RCN Trade Union Committee member Katharine Youngs explains how student members can spread the word about the pay deal.

Student member
Since the pay deal was announced last month, I’ve seen and received lots of messages from fellow students asking about how the deal benefits them and how they can help to spread the word.
The deal is very positive for students. It provides a big jump up in starting salaries of newly-registered nurses, from £22,128 to £23,023.
It increases pay across the bandings and streamlines the Agenda for Change pay structure, meaning that new nurses who choose to work in the NHS will progress to higher salaries at greater speed, earning more sooner.
The deal also improves recruitment and retention, meaning there will be more staff on shift to support newly qualified staff like us.
Nursing students are not being invited to vote, which I know is very frustrating.
But as the deal proposes changes to current NHS contracts of employment, and not future contracts, so we cannot vote on something that doesn’t apply to us right now, in the same way that RCN members in the independent sector won’t be able to vote.
However, those student members who are currently employed by the NHS in England on Agenda for Change contracts will now be able to take part.
We are currently working on a system to allow eligible students to take part in the consultation, and we'll be sending you more information as soon as we can.
Even if you can't take part in the consultation, you still get involved by spreading the word about the deal in our universities, and help both fellow students and NHS staff in our placements to understand the benefits we will experience in the future.
You can encourage those RCN members working in your NHS placements to take part in the online consultation when it opens on 23 April.
You can also attend the pay events around the country to hear more about the deal and ask any questions as well as visiting the RCN website for full details of the deal.


​This blog was edited on 13 April 2018 to reflect changes to voting eligibility. 

Katharine Youngs

Katharine Youngs

Student member

RCN Trade Union Commitee member

Katharine is studying adult nursing at the University of Leeds. She is a peer support mentor at the university and a feature presenter on Leeds Student Radio. Katharine is deeply interested in human rights, humanitarian work, politics and international development. Previous to nursing, Katharine worked in retail, hospitality, customer services and sales both in the UK and Italy.

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