Healthcare Assistants: Pay

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 14 March 2024.

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Photo of Sarah Owen Sarah Owen Labour, Luton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the progress made by NHS trusts in moving health care assistants from band two to band three for the pay bands that were introduced in July 2021.

Photo of Sarah Owen Sarah Owen Labour, Luton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the financial impact of the higher pay bands for health care assistants introduced in July 2021 on NHS trusts.

Photo of Sarah Owen Sarah Owen Labour, Luton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional funding to NHS trusts to meet the increased pay costs for health care assistants arising from the introduction of higher pay bands in July 2021.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

No new pay bands were introduced in July 2021. The NHS Staff Council, which has representatives from both employers and trade unions, agreed minor wording amendments to the profiles for band 2 and band 3 Healthcare Support Worker roles in August 2021. The profile levels and scores were not changed.

However, the clarifying amendments to the profiles led to some rebanding requests. This is a local matter and it is the responsibility of every employing organisation to ensure their staff are correctly evaluated and paid in accordance. For that reason, no assessment has been or will be made.

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