The National Agreement on the Programme for Change provides for the obligation to set up a system of annual development reviews and to create opportunities for the development of lifelong learning. Employees have their own staff development plan, which has been developed jointly with their superior or expert.  Under the AfC, all employees have annual development reviews against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). Normal wage growth is one point per year, but wage growth at certain “bridge” points in each wage category depends on how the person agrees with the KSF`s contour line for their contribution. Switching to another volume became very difficult because the position would have to have changed a lot to be reclassified (even if the person moved into the post office, became more experienced or took on more responsibilities, this would not be considered a good reason to re-elect). Full implementation of KSF has been slow.  Therefore, local staff pages must not accept any changes that deviate from the national agreement. RCM Workplace Reps should try to participate in your JNCC session so that you are aware of all attacks on Agenda for Change. In 2018, RCM members in England, Scotland and Wales voted to adopt a three-year framework agreement (2018-2021) that provided for pay premiums for those at the top of their group. For those who are not at the top of their range, there will be increases due to a combination of gradual progress and structural reforms. In June 2018, employers and unions announced that NHS employees in England had agreed to an agreement to reform the agenda system for the current change and provide a three-year wage agreement.
  Reforms include the removal of overlapping pay points between fluctuation margins and progressive wage growth, which no longer takes place each year.  The last year of implementation is 2020/21. The objectives were:  There are separate framework agreements in England, Scotland and Wales – you can view RCM press releases for England, Scotland and Wales. The proposals in England were formally approved on 27 June 2018 by the NHS Staff Council (13 of the 14 NHS unions voted in favour of adoption), followed by consultations in Scotland and Wales.