Members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists have been invited to take part in a consultation and vote on a proposed pay deal for practitioners working for the NHS in Scotland.
Trade union Unison, which serves the Royal College's members, has been engaged with NHS Scotland in negotiating a new three-year pay package. Unison has recommended that members vote to accept the proposals.
The deal will include all NHS Scotland staff earning under £80,000 receiving a three per cent pay package, which will be backdated to April 1st this year. Those earning more than £80,000 will get a single payment of £1,600.
In addition, the top of all pay scales will rise by nine per cent over the three-year period for those paid under £80,000 a year, or £1,600 a year for those above this figure.
Staff in post who are not yet at the top of their pay bands will get larger increments and faster progression in pay, worth between 11.3 per cent and 27.7 per cent. Band overlaps will be removed to ensure that progression always results in a significant pay increase, as well as reducing the risk of equal pay disputes.
Starting salaries will also be higher in a bid to help recruit and retain staff, while these measures will apply to contractor staff as well as those employed full-time.
The funding for the increase comes from a £410 million budget included in the latest Barnett Formula settlement, which means this is new money that will not detract from patient care, the Royal College said.
Members of the college were reminded of the need to ensure their college and union memberships are up to date and valid so they can take part in the consultation and the eventual ballot on the plans, which is scheduled for August 14th. This will need to be done by July 27th in order for them to be eligible to vote.
Written by Alex Franklin Stortford
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