Jun 102019

Member – NHS Pay Review Body (NHS PRB) VAC-1667

Body: NHS Pay Review Body
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Members are remunerated at a rate of £300 per day for preparation and attendance at meetings
Time Requirements: 15 meetings per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 31/05/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 27/06/2019 at 12:00
  • Panel Sift: 15/07/2019
  • Final Interview Date: 05/09/2019
  • Announcement: TBC

Assessment Panel

  • Tim Sands - Panel Chair - DHSC senior sponsor • Departmental Official
  • Philippa Hird - Chair of NHSPRB • Representative of Organisation
  • Martin Williams - OME Director • Other Panel Member
  • Hilary Randall - Independent Member

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make a member appointment to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHS PRB).

Role and Responsibilities of a Member

To play a key part in assessing the evidence of the Government, organisations representing the NHS, and organisations representing NHS staff paid under the Agenda for Change pay system making annual recommendations to the Government on the remuneration of NHS staff. Specifically, to:

  • Using your own experience and expertise contribute to the effective understanding, analysis and challenge of evidence from stakeholders and wider sources relevant to the remit;
  • Monitor developments in the NHS and bring insights on the issues facing the NHS to Review Body discussions;
  • Work collaboratively and constructively with colleagues to develop shared thinking on the overall approach and key recommendations; and to help shape the draft report;
  • Effectively represent the NHSPRB in meetings with stakeholders (oral evidence and informal contacts) and with NHSPRB staff on visits to Trusts and Health Boards.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Candidates are required to have recent senior leadership experience in the NHS and an appreciation of the pay arrangements.

They must also:

  • Have an ability to think strategically and to exercise sound judgement on complex and sensitive issues;
  • Have an ability to analyse and interpret detailed information, for example detailed policy proposals or statistical information;
  • Be able to gain respect and keep the confidence of others including Ministers and senior Government officials through effective communication and influencing skills;
  • An ability to reflect the patient perspective; the role of reward in supporting excellent patient care
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound understanding and commitment to public service values

Additional Information

The NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) is independent, it is responsible for:

  • Making recommendations on the pay of all staff paid under Agenda for Change (NHS staff pay and grading system) and employed in the NHS, with the exception of doctors, dentists and very senior managers (just under 1.5 million staff (headcount))
  • Conducting research on pay and related matters
  • Visiting trusts and health units to meet staff and managers to gather information and views on pay and related issues

The Review Body may also be asked to consider other specific issues.

The Review Body is also required to take careful account of the economic and other evidence submitted by the Government, Trade Unions, representatives of NHS employers and others.

The Review Body should take account of the legal obligations on the NHS, including anti-discrimination legislation regarding age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and belief and disability.

  • The Review Body recommendations and reports are submitted to:
  • The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • The First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in Scotland
  • The First Minister and the Minister for Health and Social Services in the National Assembly for Wales
  • The First Minister, Deputy First Minister and the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety of the Northern Ireland Executive.The secretariat is provided by the Office of
  • Manpower Economics and meetings are held at their offices in London. There are around 15 meetings throughout the course of the year between November and May. These are usually all day and take place on Tuesdays. In addition, there may be the opportunity for site visits.

A message from Philippa Hird

Thank you for your interest in this appointment.

The eight public sector Pay Review Bodies provide independent advice to the Government on the pay of key public sector workforces. Members of the NHS Pay Review Body have an interesting, strategic and challenging role providing objective analysis of the data and evidence to recommend pay awards for the 1.4 million NHS staff paid under Agenda for Change. Accordingly, we make an important contribution to the NHS by making pay recommendations to support the NHS to recruit, retain and motivate Agenda for Change staff.

We operate by, first, receiving written and oral evidence from the Government, employers, NHS organisations, trades unions and staff associations. With the support of a strong secretariat, we analyse and weigh this evidence and consider independent research before formulating our detailed recommendations on pay and related matters. Our main work programme starts in the autumn and culminates in submission of our reports to the Government, usually, in May each year (although this can vary). Further details on our current work can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/nhs-pay-review-body

I have been Chair of the NHSPRB for the last two pay rounds. We currently have seven members with a range of backgrounds and expertise. As some of those members complete their terms of appointment we are looking to develop the team with a new member for the next round with work beginning towards the end of the summer. We are particularly looking for candidates with recent senior leadership experience in the NHS and an appreciation of the pay arrangements.

As a member of the NHS Pay Review Body you would have responsibility for working strategically and collaboratively with members from a broad range of backgrounds. You would also need to share our commitment to the NHS by making recommendations to government that support the recruitment, retention and motivation of NHS staff in delivering vital public services at a time of significant change and reform.

If you feel that this work would be interesting and worthwhile and that you have the appetite to contribute please apply and we look forward to hearing from you.

Once again many thanks for your interest.

Philippa Hird
Chair, NHS Pay Review Body

How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to:

appointments.team@dhsc.gov.uk – please quote VAC-1667 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Daniel Clemence Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

Applications must be received by midday on 27 June 2019.

In making an application please note the following:

Supporting letter

The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification. It will benefit the Advisory Assessment Panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the role to which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages, and type or write clearly in black ink.

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of the NHS PRB and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your Supporting letter.

If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment and they will be entered into a register which is available to the public.

Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of the public and Government. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history (including any convictions or bankruptcy) that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or NHS PRB or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your Supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media and blogs. Due Diligence may be carried out on any publicly available information and shared with the Advisory Assessment Panel.

The panel may explore any issues you declare with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment.

Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment being terminated, as those who hold public appointments are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of corporate and personal conduct and are required to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, as part of agreeing to the terms and conditions of appointment. You can access this document at:


There are also circumstances in which individuals may not be considered for appointment, due to them not meeting certain eligibility criteria for appointment. For further information, please refer to Section 2.3: Eligibility Criteria

If you wish to discuss any queries on conflicts please see the contacts section.


Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile), personal email address and details of any twitter accounts and LinkedIn accounts including your twitter handle/username.
  • Similar contact details for two referees who will support your application. One referee should be the person to whom you are/were accountable in your current/most recent appointment or position of employment. Please indicate the relationship of each referee to you. References will be requested for short-listed candidates prior to interview
  • Brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.

Monitoring form

Please complete the monitoring form. Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel assessing your application.

Political activity information is primarily for monitoring purposes only, however if you are shortlisted for interview, this information will be shared with the selection panel. The reason for this is that it is appreciated that such activities may have given you relevant skills, including experience gained from committee work, collective decision-making, resolving conflict and public speaking. If you have had such experience and you consider it relevant to your application for this post, you should also take the opportunity to include it separately in your supporting statement. If possible, you should not, however, identify the relevant political party in your statement.

If you are appointed to this role, please note that any political activity you declare will be published in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Department of Health and Social Care operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the essential criteria for the post.

If you wish to apply under the GIS please complete the GIS form and return it with your application.

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact

Daniel Clemence
Appointments Team
Tel: 0113 2545335
Email: Daniel.Clemence@dhsc.gov.uk

For further information regarding the role of the NHS PRB and the role of a Member please contact:

Charles Jordon Office of Manpower Economics
Tel: 0207 211 8840
Email: Charles.Jordan@beis.gov.uk

Please quote reference VAC-1667 on all correspondence.

If you choose to apply, we would like to thank you in advance for your time and effort in making an application.


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