Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.


Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login


Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists recommends accepting NHS pay deal

The Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) will recommend its members accept the three-year pay deal being offered to NHS staff.

Ewan Maule, professional secretary of the GHP, said: “Pharmacists earlier in their career will benefit most from this pay deal, and we hope this helps to address some of the workforce challenges facing the profession.”

But he said the deal had to be seen as a “starting point”.

“Pharmacists in the NHS have been subject to many years of pay stagnation or regression and we hope the government continue to engage with future pay negotiations,” added Maule.

The GHP is associated with Unite, which said in early May 2018 that it has recommended its 100,000 members accept the deal announced in March 2018. Voting on the deal started on 30 April 2018 and the ballot closes on 5 June 2018.

The pay deal proposal would give all NHS employees at least £8.93 an hour from 1 April 2018. Employees who are currently paid below the top of their existing pay band will be entitled to receive pay increases of between 9–29% over the three-year period. Staff who earn the maximum in their pay band will receive a pay rise of 6.5% between April 2018 and April 2020, consisting of 3% in April 2018, 1.7% and a 1.1% lump sum payment in April 2019, and a 1.67% pay increase from April 2020.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20204810

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Supplementary images

  • NHS logo

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.