Member - NHS Pay Review Body (NHS PRB) VAC-1667

Body: NHS Pay Review Body
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Members are remunerated at a rate of £300 per day for preparation and attendance at meetings
Time Requirements: 15 meetings per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    27/06/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description


Ministers are seeking to make a member appointment to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHS PRB).

Role and Responsibilities of a Member

To play a key part in assessing the evidence of the Government, organisations representing the NHS, and organisations representing NHS staff paid under the Agenda for Change pay system making annual recommendations to the Government on the remuneration of NHS staff. Specifically, to:

  • Using your own experience and expertise contribute to the effective understanding, analysis and challenge of evidence from stakeholders and wider sources relevant to the remit;
  • Monitor developments in the NHS and bring insights on the issues facing the NHS to Review Body discussions;
  • Work collaboratively and constructively with colleagues to develop shared thinking on the overall approach and key recommendations; and to help shape the draft report;
  • Effectively represent the NHSPRB in meetings with stakeholders (oral evidence and informal contacts) and with NHSPRB staff on visits to Trusts and Health Boards.


Person Specification


To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Candidates are required to have recent senior leadership experience in the NHS and an appreciation of the pay arrangements.

They must also:

  • Have an ability to think strategically and to exercise sound judgement on complex and sensitive issues;
  • Have an ability to analyse and interpret detailed information, for example detailed policy proposals or statistical information;
  • Be able to gain respect and keep the confidence of others including Ministers and senior Government officials through effective communication and influencing skills;
  • An ability to reflect the patient perspective; the role of reward in supporting excellent patient care
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound understanding and commitment to public service values


Additional Information


The NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) is independent, it is responsible for:

  • Making recommendations on the pay of all staff paid under Agenda for Change (NHS staff pay and grading system) and employed in the NHS, with the exception of doctors, dentists and very senior managers (just under 1.5 million staff (headcount))
  • Conducting research on pay and related matters
  • Visiting trusts and health units to meet staff and managers to gather information and views on pay and related issues


The Review Body may also be asked to consider other specific issues.

The Review Body is also required to take careful account of the economic and other evidence submitted by the Government, Trade Unions, representatives of NHS employers and others.

The Review Body should take account of the legal obligations on the NHS, including anti-discrimination legislation regarding age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and belief and disability.

  • The Review Body recommendations and reports are submitted to:
  • The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • The First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in Scotland
  • The First Minister and the Minister for Health and Social Services in the National Assembly for Wales
  • The First Minister, Deputy First Minister and the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety of the Northern Ireland Executive.The secretariat is provided by the Office of Manpower Economics and meetings are held at their offices in London. There are around 15 meetings throughout the course of the year between November and May. These are usually all day and take place on Tuesdays. In addition, there may be the opportunity for site visits.


A message from Philippa Hird

Thank you for your interest in this appointment.

The eight public sector Pay Review Bodies provide independent advice to the Government on the pay of key public sector workforces. Members of the NHS Pay Review Body have an interesting, strategic and challenging role providing objective analysis of the data and evidence to recommend pay awards for the 1.4 million NHS staff paid under Agenda for Change. Accordingly, we make an important contribution to the NHS by making pay recommendations to support the NHS to recruit, retain and motivate Agenda for Change staff.

We operate by, first, receiving written and oral evidence from the Government, employers, NHS organisations, trades unions and staff associations. With the support of a strong secretariat, we analyse and weigh this evidence and consider independent research before formulating our detailed recommendations on pay and related matters. Our main work programme starts in the autumn and culminates in submission of our reports to the Government, usually, in May each year (although this can vary). Further details on our current work can be found at:

I have been Chair of the NHSPRB for the last two pay rounds. We currently have seven members with a range of backgrounds and expertise. As some of those members complete their terms of appointment we are looking to develop the team with a new member for the next round with work beginning towards the end of the summer. We are particularly looking for candidates with recent senior leadership experience in the NHS and an appreciation of the pay arrangements.

As a member of the NHS Pay Review Body you would have responsibility for working strategically and collaboratively with members from a broad range of backgrounds. You would also need to share our commitment to the NHS by making recommendations to government that support the recruitment, retention and motivation of NHS staff in delivering vital public services at a time of significant change and reform.

If you feel that this work would be interesting and worthwhile and that you have the appetite to contribute please apply and we look forward to hearing from you.

Once again many thanks for your interest.


Philippa Hird

Chair, NHS Pay Review Body


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