Practice nurses want Agenda for Change rates

The RCN should be lobbying for the roll out of Agenda for Change to practice nurses, according to a survey.

Improving pay and conditions was the most common recommendation in the survey
Improving pay and conditions was the most common recommendation in the survey

It found that improving pay and conditions was the most common recommendation in answer to the question: ‘What areas would you like the RCN to focus on?'

The main sentiments included equity of pay and conditions between NHS and GP-employed nurses and between practice nurses and introduction if a ‘clear pay and increment structure' that recognises skill levels, including nurse prescribing.

Other suggestions included bonuses for quality framework achievements and structured appraisals linked with financial gain.

A total of 428 practice nurses in Scotland took part in the survey, 9% of which were nurse practitioners. A fifth felt that they were not at all valued and recognised for their contributions to achieving the quality framework, according to RCN Scotland's General practice nursing in Scotland survey 2009.

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