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Agenda for Change

Agenda for Change refers to a pay and conditions structure for the NHS introduced in 2004 to replace the old Whitley scales and clinical grading schemes. In this context, it aims to both harmonise and modernise pay and conditions, terms of employment and human resources policies across the NHS. It was introduced by the Government as a way of ensuring that the one million employees working in the NHS are brought within a common pay framework.

Agenda for Change affects all NHS Trust employed staff working in acute and primary care, such as district nurses and health visitors. Primary care organisations such as general practices can elect to join the scheme on a voluntary basis.

This topic looks at Agenda for Change structure, evaluation, benefits and terms and conditions and Agenda for Change in the general practice.

In terms of the 2023 pay negotiations, on 2 May 2023, the NHS Staff Council accepted the pay offer made by the Government covering the years 2022/23 and 2023/24.

The additional payments for the previous pay year (2022/23) will be paid as a non-consolidated lump sum, and the new salary rates for this year (2023/24) will take effect from 1 April 2023.

Eligible staff can expect to receive the additional 2022/23 payments and the new 2023/24 pay rates (including back pay to 1 April) as part of their pay in June 2023.

Agenda for Change: Quick Facts