Notes to editors
- Agenda for Change applies to all NHS staff apart from doctors, dentists and senior managers. It affects more than 1 million workers.
- Agenda for Change was first discussed in 1997, and the initial proposals were published in February 1999, but national roll out didn’t begin until December 2004.
- 99% of eligible staff were on Agenda for Change payments by end of 2006 although unsocial hours payments have still not been agreed.
- Agenda for Change replaced multiple complicated pay systems with just two pay spines, replaced London weighting with regional “high cost area” pay supplement and allows for recruitment and retention premiums for hard to fill posts.
- It incorporates a Knowledge and Skills Framework, a national job evaluation scheme and competency based-career framework which will provide every employee with a personal development plan.
- The Department of Health estimated that the overspend on Agenda for Change was £220 million in 2004/5 (in evidence to the Public Accounts Committee, March 2007)
- Interviews were conducted with participants between March and May 2007.
- Realising the Benefits? Assessing the Implementation of Agenda for Change by James Buchan and David Evans is availabel to download on The King's Fund website.
- For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.