While a national process is underway across NHS Scotland to assess Band 2 support staff against the new job profiles for Band 2 and Band 3 nursing clinical support workers, NHS Forth Valley staff who are successfully matched to the new Band 3 profile will also have their additional salary retroactive to June 2019, when Unison
the representatives presented a case to support the consolidation of 48 local support staff.
The chief executive of NHS Forth Valley has agreed whether the work, which started in partnership in 2019, examines the roles of healthcare support workers in NHS Forth Valley
was successful, the backdated compensation agreements would apply to all healthcare support workers who met the criteria for the new Band 3 Nursing Clinical Support
NHS Forth Valley currently employs over 800 health support workers who support a wide range of services across the organization – including inpatient services, emergency department, assessment units, maternity, community and mental health services.
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Cathie Cowan, chief executive of NHS Forth Valley, said: “Work was already underway locally to look at the role and grouping of health support workers who play a role
an important role throughout the organization.
“I am delighted that we have reached an agreement with Unison which will ensure that all staff who are matched to the new role of nursing clinical support worker will receive approximately
three years of backdated salary.
“This will help some of our lowest paid employees and recognize the additional duties that many healthcare support workers have taken on over the past few years.”
Karren Morrison, secretary of Unison’s NHS Forth Valley branch, said: ‘While positions must go through the formal assessment process against the new national profiles for clinical support staff in nursing, I am confident that this will result in the vast majority of nursing support staff. successfully renamed.
“It not only gives this important group of employees the opportunity to earn an extra £2,000 each year, but also provides a substantial lump sum in backdated salary which will make a big difference in these very difficult financial times.”