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EMAS Band 6 Update

Please find below a communication that was sent out to staff this afternoon regarding the paramedic band 6 work that has been ongoing. This work has been a joint effort between GMB and UNISON that has taken over 5 months to come to fruition.

Last year we announced that the Department of Health had approved the development of a new band 6 Paramedic profile.  This was a really positive step which links in with our overall strategies and the need for us to work effectively with our partners across the wider health care system; providing safe care for our patients closer to home and reducing hospital admissions.

Following the announcement, Trusts were tasked with reviewing their own Paramedic job descriptions to match them to the updated national profiles.  At EMAS, the matching panel and consistency checking panel, which consisted of management and staff side representatives, have met and reviewed our local job descriptions.

Here is the outcome.

There will be a transition for Paramedics from band 5 to band 6

 If you were qualified and employed as a Paramedic before 1 September 2016 in pay band 5, your post will be matched to the new band 6 profile and you will move to pay band 6 in line with the nationally agreed rules.

If you are a Paramedic on pay spine points in pay band 5 that overlap with corresponding pay spine points in band 6, you will, on assimilation, move across to the same pay spine point in band 6.  Thereafter you will progress up the incremental points in band 6 in line with your personal incremental date.

If you are a Paramedic in pay band 5 on pay points below the first overlapping pay spine point, you will move to the lowest pay point in pay band 6 and the incremental date will be the date of assimilation.

Newly Qualified Paramedics

 Paramedics who qualified and were recruited after 1 September 2016 are part of the Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) programme, which is a 24 month consolidation of learning programme for NQPs.  During the consolidation of learning programme NQPs are paid at pay band 5, reflecting the additional support given to NQPs in decision making during this consolidation of learning period.  Further information on the NQP programme can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document referred to below.

Next steps

 The review of the Paramedic role is part of an overall programme of change and development to maximise the potential of Paramedics supporting the aspirations of the national Urgent and Emergency Care Review.  This includes the development of a new national job description for the Paramedic role at band 6 which, once worked through and approved nationally, will automatically be applied locally.

Over the coming months  EMAS will determine the education and training needs of our Paramedic workforce in line with the aspirations of the Urgent and Emergency Care Review, and the band 6 Paramedic profile. This will inform our Workforce Development Plan for the next few years and will enable the design of individual personal development plans.

Implementation

 You will soon receive a letter confirming how these changes affect you personally.

This change will take effect from 31 December 2016.  Any change in salary (if applicable) will be implemented in your April 2017 pay and will be backdated to 31 December 2016.

The NHS Staff Council has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which you may find useful.

If you have any further queries which have not been answered in the FAQ’s, please contact our HR Services team.

We are really pleased to see these long standing national discussions result in a very positive outcome for our Paramedic workforce, recognising the significant contributions made in the delivery of high quality emergency and urgent care to your patients.

Posted: 9th March 2017

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