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NHS pay developments

NHS pay developments welcomed

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) - the leading professional body for podiatrists - today welcomed the improvements to NHS Pay in England and the accompanying revisions to the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay rates proposed at the NHS Staff Council.

Chief Executive and General Secretary Steve Jamieson said:

”This is a good day for NHS Staff and for our members, who play such an important role in healthcare. Podiatrists play an essential role in keeping people mobile, and in treating patients with lower limb and foot health issues; something that is increasingly important as we tackle increasing incidences of diabetes, vascular disease and an ageing population with the associated health problems that brings. The role of the podiatrist in preventing, detecting and treating these conditions is vital and one that we, as lower limb specialists, are best placed to provide.  

“The years of austerity have been challenging but this offer, rewarding our NHS staff for the great work they do, will hopefully begin restoring morale. Our NHS staff should feel able to focus on patient care, and not on money worries - it is only fair that they should be properly rewarded for the work they do.  We have worked hard to support out members throughout these talks therefore, negotiating on their behalf for improved pay and more frequent incremental pay increases.

”Today is about recognising the whole NHS England team and I am proud of the part that Podiatrists have played in getting us to where we are today.”

The SCP will now undertake a full consultation with its membership on the terms of the offer.