Only 10% of practice nurses on Agenda for Change pay

Primary care nurses are still facing unacceptable variation in their pay, a survey of practice nurses has found.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

A survey of 946 practice nurses conducted by found hourly pay ranged from just £6.90 to £40.

The survey also found that Agenda for Change pay conditions were implemented fully by just 10.2% of respondents’ employers.

Many practice nurses reported feeling frustrated by the lack of progress towards full Agenda for Change entitlements.

Few nurses received a bonus (22%) last year despite playing a vital role in GP practices’ quality framework remuneration. 

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and secretary general of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said the results of the survey were disappointing.

‘The hard work and expertise of nurses and healthcare assistants in general practice is still not being adequately remunerated. It’s worrying that a substantial number of those surveyed did not receive an incremental raise or a cost of living increase particularly as nurses have taken on an increased amount of the general practice workload since contract changes in 2004.’

‘Although practice nursing offers more flexible working arrangements than the NHS, the government is going to have to rely heavily on general practice nurses to deliver future reforms and improvements to patient care. When you consider that one in five nurses in general practice are over 55, it is essential that general practice nurses are rewarded appropriately.’

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