Pay, Terms and Conditions

The leadership and professionalism shown by nursing staff, and all health and social care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, is testament to their commitment to patient safety. Nursing staff deserve to be recognised for the complexity of skill, responsibility and expertise they demonstrate every day. The nursing profession has been at the forefront of the response to the pandemic, leading on innovation, working long hours in stressful conditions and improving the quality of treatment and care. However, this level of commitment is not new for nursing. Nurses and nursing staff have always strived to deliver high quality patient care in all settings at all times. COVID-19 has simply highlighted this to the public in a new way.

Did you know?

The RCN has launched a Fair Pay for Nursing campaign to demand a 12.5% pay rise for nursing staff across the UK. Click HERE to find out the latest on our pay campaign.

Nursing staff in all settings across health and social care deserve to know that their work is valued.

ACTION – The UK Government must fully fund, and the next Welsh Government must commit to a 12.5% pay increase for all staff covered by Agenda for Change, as part of a one year deal that applies equally across all bands.

ACTION – The next Welsh Government must commit to improving pay and terms and conditions for nursing in social care settings. All nursing staff should have fair pay, good employment terms and safe working conditions. This should compare fairly across all settings.

Continued Professional Development

Professional development and learning is a fundamental career-long requirement for every nurse. It is a requirement for successful revalidation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and essential for patient safety and clinical effectiveness. Yet, because of the difficulty of backfilling nurses on the team, some employers have stopped all access to continuous professional development (CPD) for nurses. This means that keeping up to date (e.g. with new mental capacity legislation) and learning new skills (e.g. in looking after vulnerable patients with dementia) becomes something that nurses have to struggle to do in their own time and at their own cost. In contrast, doctors have access to CPD as part of their contracts.

Did you know?

In the 2019 RCN employment survey, across the UK just 54% of all nursing staff said they had completed their last mandatory training in normal working hours, but in Wales this fell further to a disturbing 29%.

ACTION – Ensure CPD uptake for nurses and nursing staff is improved.

Find out more about the Fair Pay for Nursing campaign and how you can get involved

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