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Nurse Tutors And Educational Staff

Volume 12: debated on Monday 9 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the present shortfall in the North-West Thames health region of nurse tutors and educational staff.

This information is not collected centrally, and I suggest that the hon. Member approach North-West Thames regional health authority, which may be able to provide it.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will discuss with the Whitley Council concerned the discrepancy between the salary structure for tutors of nurses and teachers engaged in further education.

This is a matter for the nurses and midwives Whitley council, which negotiates the salary structure for tutorial grades within the NHS nursing services in relation to the salary framework of NHS nursing and midwifery grades generally. The standing comparability commission which reported on nurses and midwives in January 1981 (Cmnd. 7795) took account of the salary of a Lecturer in colleges of further education in making their recommendations on the pay of nurse tutors. Those recommendations were implemented in two stages from 1 August 1979 and 1 April 1980.A further Whitley Council pay settlement with effect from 1 April 1980 gave a general increase of 13 per cent. on all nursing and midwifery grades' basic pay scales with additional increases for tutorial grades as follows:Director of nurse education/Assistant director of nurse education—five per cent. making 18 per cent. in all.Senior tutor/Tutor/Clinical teacher—two per cent. making 15 per cent. in all.With effect from 1 April 1981 all nurses and midwives pay scales were increased by six per cent. at all points so that the current minima and maxima for tutorial pay scales are as follows:

Director of nurse education I11,92513,425
Director of nurse education IV9,03310,394
Assistant director9,80511,133
Senior tutor7,3928,660
Clinical teacher6,2487,551
Current further education college lecturer pay scales range from:

Lecturer I5,0348,658
Lecturer II6,46210,431
Senior lecturer9,62412,141