Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Today's post is brought to you by the number six.
It's been exactly six months since I started this blog. I didn't know when I started if I would have the perseverance to make it this far, or if I would run out of things to say. But I'm still here, still blogging onwards, and now I've got to get to my first anniversary. I couldn't have done it without you reading and commenting. If I hadn't had your feedback, I couldn't have got this far. It's knowing that people are counting on me to write posts that gives me the encouragement to carry on. Thank you.

I was planning, just to post about getting to the six month milestone, when today, one of those serendipitous events occurred. This morning I got my letter of assimilation to Agenda for Change (AfC).
Agenda for Change is the new pay structure for the NHS. All employees - apart from doctors who have their own pay structure - are being matched, according to their job descriptions, to a pay band, running upwards from 1 to 10 (or is it 8? I can't quite remember). Guess what? I'm band 6! Specialist Nurse. It's because I've got the Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing. I'm gob-smacked. I keep re-reading the letter, just in case it's a misprint. But it's there several times in the documentation - Band six! Call me cynical, but you see, I was honestly expecting to be in band five. This is way better than I ever thought. It makes a big difference to the amount of money I can eventually earn in my present position. The ceiling is so much higher.
And there's two years back pay to come in February.


Bentley said...

Congrats Barry, I'm sure it's well deserved.

Deacon Barry said...

Thanks Bentley. I'm still in a state of shock about it. No doubt I'll find out the reaction of my colleagues when I go in on Thursday.

Bohemian Road Nurse... said...

Good deal--especially the lump sum back pay.

Anonymous said...

Well done.........you deserve it! Us poor secretaries have to wait until January/February to find out what ours are!!
Best wishes
NHS colleague

Deacon Barry said...

Let's hope it's January, rather than February. And let's hope we don't have to go through another pay restructuring for at least 25 years.