1 Responses to Queries Raised by EI Sites Part 2 Q. Is there scope for Trusts to set higher rates for staff eg. Nurses doing extra hours comparable to agency rates?
A. It is possible to use singly or in combination overtime, recruitment and retention premier, or in London high cost area payments (subject to paragraph 3.9 of the agreement.
Q. Is there scope for Trusts to set higher rates for staff eg. Nurses doing extra hours comparable to agency rates?
Q. What is the position on staff who are seconded do they retain entitlement to enhancements that were applicable in the substantive post.
A. This should be a matter for local resolution since the circumstances of the secondment may vary widely.
Q. Is there any ability to progress staff more quickly up a pay-band than annual salary point?.
Q. Is there any scope to recruit staff at a point higher than the minimum of the scale?.
A. The agreement is silent on this, it is for local discretion.
Q. Is the shift change payment (Draft T&C 2.19) pensionable?.
A. No this payment is variable and therefore not pensionable.
Q. Where on-call payments apply to staff in receipt of a long-term recruitment and retention premia how are they calculated?.
A. They should be calculated taking account of both basic pay and the applicable long-term recruitment and retention premia.
Q. Where staff are called out and do work they are entitled to overtime payments. If they also received long term recruitment and retention premia how should the overtime be calculated?.
A. It should be calculated taking account of both basic pay and the applicable long-term recruitment and retention premia.
Q. How are the high cost of living areas defined?.
A. The definition of "inner, outer and fringe" remains unchanged from London weighting.
Q. How should COLS be treated in areas outside London and fringe?
A. They should be replaced with long term recruitment and retention premia payments as in paragraph 3.7 of the agreement.
Q. How should Early Implementer sites deal with situations in which staff side capacity is stretched and accredited representatives cannot be found?
A. Accredited representatives should always be used if available. However, common sense should apply and if not available suitable members of staff identified.
Q. Are there any plans to improve guidance on the mileage section?
A. The Staff Council will be reviewing those sections of the handbook which have been lifted from the Whitley handbook, this is unlikely to be imminent.
Q. What is the position on the establishment of a Band 9?
A. This will be reviewed as a result of the experience of early implementation.