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NHS current/ex employees - can you apply for two bands above?

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RockinInAFreeWorld Thu 29-Sep-16 15:10:58

Hi all,

In my (non-clinical) NHS role three years so have moved two spine points up the payscale, I recall years ago during restructure you could only apply for one band above or one band below your current band – does anyone know if this is the case generally? My current salary is circa £35k pa in a Band 6 role (incl. London Weighting); a lot of Band 7 London roles start just over £37k so would prefer a bigger salary increase when the time comes to apply for a more senior role. Wouldn’t want to invest time in a Band 8a application to have it instantly turned down due to official procedure.

Thanks in advance,

raeray Thu 29-Sep-16 15:13:24

I've known people go from a senior band 5 to a band 7 on a couple of occasions so it can happen!
Good luck flowers

anyname123 Thu 29-Sep-16 15:14:41

You CAN apply, there is no rule to stop you. However, some recruiting managers would probably assume you haven't the full skills / abilities, and would want you to go for the 7 first. I'm sure you know this already, but you'll probably go in a few points up the 7, if you choose to apply for a 7, as there has to be a pay rise when you go up a band.

RockinInAFreeWorld Thu 29-Sep-16 15:27:56

Many thanks both. I know a couple of colleagues have negotiated one or a couple of spine points up from the beginning of a Band as they fulfil all the criteria etc; maybe that’s the way to look at it rather than aiming for the Band 8a roles which will most likely go to someone already on a similar salary.

EffieWilson Mon 03-Oct-16 10:30:02

Hi OP. I know several people who've gone 2 bands up in clinical roles. They all demonstrated in their application/ interview that though they weren't employed at the middle band they had X responsibilities that were equivalent etc.. So acting up for a long period, vacant managers post etc.. It seemed as if you can demonstrate you are ready/ capable for the next step up in your experience rather than simple current job banding that gets taken into consideration.

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