Health workers to receive one-off payments of up to £3,000 | Personal Finance | Finance

The Government will fund over 27,000 non-NHS healthcare workers in England to receive two one-off payments – worth at least £1,655 and up to £3,000 – in a major boost for the workforce.

Community nurses, sexual health workers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, and other crucial frontline workers are all set to benefit.

According to the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), organisations will receive funding for these payments over the coming months.

Forming part of the wider pay deal, one of the payments was specifically intended to recognise the sustained pressure facing the health service and the extraordinary effort staff have made to meet the Prime Minister’s promise to cut waiting lists.

The DHSC said progress has been made recently, with overall NHS waiting lists decreasing for four months in a row by 192,000.

The DHSC also said retaining talented staff is “central” to the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, and it recognises the “vital role” played by staff in non-NHS organisations to support patients and the wider health service.

Victoria Atkins, Health and Social Care Secretary said: “I hugely value the hard work of all our healthcare staff, and those working in non-NHS organisations offer vital support to patients.

“I want to ensure that eligible staff receive these payments, which is why we chose to deliver this funding and why we have taken the decision to relax the financial eligibility criteria employers must meet.”

Ms Atkins added: “It will ensure that hardworking staff and the organisations they work for can fully benefit from the NHS pay deal.”

Last year, more than one million NHS staff on the Agenda for Change contract – including nurses, paramedics, 999 call handlers, midwives, security guards and cleaners – received two one-off payments alongside a five percent pay rise.

These payments originally only applied to those directly employed by NHS organisations.

In November, the Government launched a scheme to provide non-NHS organisations with funding to cover the cost of the one-off payments for their eligible staff on this occasion. The scheme is now complete and all organisations have been informed of their outcome.

The payments will be provided to organisations which deliver NHS and Public Health Grant services and employ their staff on dynamically linked Agenda for Change contracts.

Employers were originally required to prove they had been negatively financially impacted by the pay deal, and that their staff were employed on dynamic Agenda for Change contracts.

However, the department has relaxed the original financial hardship criteria to make these payments possible. Following confirmation of their success, eligible organisations will be contacted by NHS England or the Department of Health and Social Care and provided with the funding as quickly as possible.


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