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"Agenda For Change"

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department is planning to start implementing "Agenda for Change" nationwide.[130163]

The United Kingdom Health Departments, staff representative organisations and the national health service confederation agreed earlier this year that the new NHS pay system should be introduced in a number of "early implementer" sites from June 2003, with a view to implementing the new system nationally from October 2004 subject to any appropriate action that is needed to address any concerns arising from the "early implementer" phase.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trusts have been chosen to pilot "Agenda for Change"; and when the pilots are due to begin.[130164]

The following national health service trusts and primary care trusts were selected as 'early implementer' sites for the new NHS pay system. They began the process of implementation in June 2003:

  • James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust
  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust
  • Papworth Hospital NHS Trust
  • Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust
  • West Kent NHS and Social Care Trust
  • Herefordshire NHS Primary Care Trust
  • Central Cheshire Primary Care Trust
  • North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • East Anglian NHS Trust