Welsh nurse practitioners appeal against Agenda for Change banding

Nurse practitioners and specialist nurses working for local health boards across Wales are appealing their Agenda for Change bandings.

Richard Jones, deputy director for RCN Wales, agreed there had been system errors across the country but was hopeful they would be sorted out during the review process.

Linda Penny, a nurse practitioner employed by Torfaen Local Health Board in South East Wales, said she had been put on a band 6 which she felt was unacceptable.

‘We’ve all appealed in this area and I certainly won’t stay here if I’m not given more than a band 6. It’s caused a lot of upset,’ she said.

Mr Jones said a number of factors had caused the problem, including many nurses failing to complete accurate job descriptions to reflect the responsibility of their roles.

He agreed that if the RCN had developed model job descriptions it could have been useful ‘but hindsight is a wonderful thing’.

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