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South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium publish latest reports

The South West Pay Terms and Conditions Consortium (SWC) has released two new discussion documents outlining the challenges facing the NHS and how pay, terms and conditions can support sustainable health services and employment now and in the future.

The Consortium comprises senior representatives from 20 NHS Trusts and has been established in response to the serious financial and operational challenges facing the NHS, both now and in the future.

The Consortium Steering Group is responsible for identifying how taxpayer funding may be more efficiently used in order to protect both employment and the continued delivery of high quality healthcare.

The documents released today explore areas in which changes to pay, terms and conditions may support member Trusts in safeguarding employment and health services for the years ahead. They also look at the economic, service and financial challenges NHS Trusts face in the South West.

They contain no proposals or recommendations, and aim to generate debate and engagement among staff and their representatives within member organisations.

Feedback gathered will contribute to a full business case, which will contain a series of recommendations to be presented to each Trust’s board for discussion later this year.

Chris Bown, Chief Executive at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is the Consortium Steering Group Chairman.

“These documents demonstrate our commitment to meet the unprecedented challenges facing the NHS in the South West,” he said.

“While neither document contains proposals or decisions, they do demonstrate the scale of the issue facing employers, and in turn, employees and patients.

“We hope by releasing these documents proactively we can generate meaningful debate as we look at ways of ensuring the NHS in the South West has a bright and sustainable future.”

“Consortium Trusts are fully supportive of the national negotiations between employer representatives and unions which are looking at modernising the current Agenda for Change pay model. We believe we can and should work in the background as these discussions continue to give us the best opportunity to be sustainable organisations in the years ahead.

“By promoting financially healthy NHS organisations we can preserve employment and reduce the need for redundancies.

“Our analysis shows that up to 6,000 NHS jobs in the South West may be safeguarded by changes to staff pay, terms and conditions.”



To view the documents and for more information on the Consortium, visit


The following Trusts’ boards have agreed to work together as the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium:

1. Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
2. Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
3. The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
4. Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
5. Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
6. North Bristol NHS Trust
7. North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
8. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
9. Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
10. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
11. Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
12. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
13. Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
14. University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
15. Weston Area Health NHS Foundation Trust
16. Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
17. 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
18. Devon Partnership NHS Trust
19. Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
20. Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust






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