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NHS workers - how long did it take you to progress from Band 5 - to 6 - to 7 - to 8?

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NhsQuestions Sat 10-Aug-19 10:28:29

I'm a Band 5 NHS worker.

There may be an opportunity for me to progress to Band 6 in the next 12 months in my current workplace which is ideal as I wouldn't need to move home/schools/from friends etc.

Most of my fellow graduates are already in Band 6 posts - three of these were in band 6 posts within 12 months of being a Band 5.

I've been Band 5 for almost 3 years and haven't been looking elsewhere as my manager has been telling me that 3 years' experience minimum is expected before you're truly ready for a band 6 post. Also - i really like my current place of work and team (and would have needed to look elsewhere for a Band 6 job).

I know I won't get any further than a Band 6 n my current workplace though and would need to move when I'm ready to look at Band 7 jobs.

There are people in my team who have been Band 6 for almost 20 years. When training, I met people near retirement age who had been Band 6 for even longer and knew they'd never get a Band 7 post.

One of my fellow graduates spent 11 months as a Band 5, just over a year and a half as a Band 6 (in the same team) and has an interview next month for a Band 7 job at the other end of the country.

It just seem so inconsistent. Are my chances for progression increased if I were to apply for positions in parts of the country where people wouldn't really want to live (e.g. very rural?).

What did you do to increase your chances for progression? My old uni friend has given me the advice to 'say yes and take part in everything!' which I have been doing since starting but feel as though I'm leading on projects etc when, actually, Band 6s in my workplace aren't doing anything 'extra' except similar clinical work to what I do each day. I just want to feel sure this extra effort is going to be worth it for career progression as I'm finding that I'm having to do more and more at home to keep up with it all.

To summarise this rambling question ...

How long did you spend as a Band 5 before becoming Band 6 (then 7 and 8 if applicable).

What tips would you give for someone at each banding to aid their opportunities for progression?

Thanks so much for any advice.

Tartan333 Mon 12-Aug-19 08:52:27

Still a band 5 after 15 years!! I don't want band 6, do not want any extra stress or responsibility.

I know people who have retired still on band 5. Most people who have gone on to band 6 are still on that band. Band 7 jobs are not advertised often in my trust/field. When band 6s and 7s are advertised, hardly anyone applies for the jobs, the higher up the bands, the less applicants for the job.

NoNoNoOohmaybe Mon 12-Aug-19 09:32:48

What profession are you? What speciality do you want to work in? Community or hospital? Do you want to stay clinical or would consider managerial/leadership posts? I think if you're ambitious and willing to push yourself forward and "learn on the job" there's lots of scope to progress quickly.

I'm an AHP and I was band 5 for 2 years, band 6 for 4 years and been band 7 for 2 years. I will probably never progress to band 8, there are no band 8 posts clinically in my speciality and tbh I'm a bit disillusioned with the nhs.

I think for nurses currently in our community trust there's loads of scope to move up quickly, partly because retention is so poor.

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