Framework Document: This consultation document supplements the content of the Framework Agreement endorsed by the Minister of Health Robin Swann MLA and the factual content has been verified by the Department of Health & Trade Unions. It forms a reference point for all stakeholders to the proposals in the framework agreement.
Proposals for Agenda for Change refresh and Safe Staffing in Health & Social Care, Northern Ireland
As a result of negotiations between the Health Trade Unions, Northern Ireland Department of Health and HSC employers, the Minister for Health has endorsed proposals to bring about pay parity with the NHS in England and to address safe staffing issues.
These proposals cover two issues:
• Agenda for Change pay increases for 2019/20 & 2020/21 and a refresh of the AFC pay structure.
• Proposals for safe staffing.
If agreed following trade union consultations, the proposal on pay would ensure that health and social care staff in Northern Ireland have pay parity with colleagues in the NHS in England from 1 April 2019. All staff on Agenda for Change (AFC) would have the same pay rates as colleagues in England in 2019/20 and in 2020/21. Pay rates in 2019/20 would be backdated to 1st April 2019 and 2020/21 pay rates would have effect from 1 April 2020.
What happens next?
GMB trade union is consulting with our members about these proposals.