PCTs to be able to set PEC pay locally

The DoH has advised PCTs they will shortly be able to develop local pay frameworks for their professional executive committee (PEC) members.

Legislative change necessary to support this in England will be in place by 1 October 2007.

NHS chief executive David Nicholson sent a letter dated 30 May 2007 explaining the change to PCT chief executives.

Matters PCTs should consider when setting pay levels include whether all PEC members should receive equal pay, paying the PEC chairman a higher rate to reflect the additional responsibilities and time required of the post, and whether to reimburse lost earnings or backfill costs to ensure that PEC members do not suffer financially for taking on their role.

Chief executives are advised that their pay structures should work in conjunction with the document 'Pay Framework for Very Senior Managers in SHAs, PCTs and Ambulance Trusts' published in November 2006.

From 1 October PCTs will also be able to set the structure of PECs according to local needs.

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