HC Deb 19 January 1981 vol 997 cc50-1W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why the pay of experienced registered nurses is reduced when they are taking nursing teacher courses; why there is a disparity between teaching and service nurses' pay; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Vaughan

Under agreements of the Nurses and Midwives Whitley Council, qualified nursing staff who undertake further training are generally paid at an appropriate point on the basic scale of staff nurse or enrolled nurse. Where, however, a registered nurse is accepted on secondment from NHS employment, for a clinical teacher course or a tutor course for nursing, midwifery or health visiting, the Department arranges for her to continue to receive the full normal pay (that is, her basic pay plus London weighting where appropriate) which she received immediately before the course. Course fees, travel and subsistence expenses and a grant towards text books are also paid where appropriate.

Before 1974, nurses engaged in teaching duties were paid on a service pay scale and received a teaching allowance. The Halsbury committee, in its report (*) of September 1974, recommended that teaching allowances should be discontinued and a separate pay structure introduced for teaching grades. This followed a proposal in the earlier report of the Briggs committee (†), which had made wide-ranging recommendations concerning the future of nurse education and had suggested a separate tutorial structure should be established to provide an improved career prospect for nurse teachers.

The Whitley Council accepted the recommendations of the Halsbury committee, and have continued since 1974 to negotiate separate pay structures for service and tutorial grades. The following table gives details of pay scales for tutorial grades and the nearest appropriate service grades as at 1 April, 1980:

Tutorial Structure Salary p.a. £ Non-teaching Structure Salary p.a. £
Minimum Maximum Minimum Maximum
Divisional Nursing Officer I 9,429 10,836
Director of Nurses Education I 10,212 11,496
Director of Nurse Education IV 8,346 9,630
Assistant Director of Nurse Education 8,396 9,533
Senior Tutor 6,974 8,170
Senior Nursing Officer I 6,868 7,983
Tutor 6,420 7,616
Senior Nursing Officer II 6,560 7,687
Nursing Officer I 6,154 7,350
Nursing Officer II 5,894 7,124
Nursing Sister I
Clinical Teacher 5,894 7,124
Nursing (Ward) Sister II 5,309 6,807
* Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Pay and Related Conditions of Service of Nurses and Midwives.
† Report of the Committee on Nursing (Cmnd 5115).