§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what pay enhancements were offered to nurses acquiring the certificate of school nursing in each of the last five years, and before and after the recent grading review.
§ Mr. Mellor
The new clinical grading structure is designed to recognise and reward the possession of post basic nursing qualifications, including the certificate of school nursing. The Department's guidance to health authorities is that the minimum grade appropriate for posts which require first level registration and the school nursing certificate is scale E.
Possession of the certificate was not a factor in grading prior to the introduction of the new structure. No additional allowances are or were payable to those who have acquired the certificate.