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Strategic review of nursing and midwifery terms and conditions underway

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Friday 25 May 2018

A former Chief Executive of NHS Employers, who has negotiated with national trade unions on complex employment issues, has been appointed to head up a strategic review of the terms and conditions of nurses and midwives employed by the States of Guernsey.

Dean Royles, Director of the Inspiring Leadership Network, will take on the role of Independent Chair of the review. He will be assisted by his colleague and fellow Director, Kirstie Stott.

The appointment follows a decision by the States of Guernsey in December 2017, which directed the Policy & Resources Committee 'to undertake a strategic review of the terms and conditions attached to nursing and midwifery professionals employed by the States of Guernsey'. The States resolution followed consideration of the Committee for Health and Social Care's policy letter - A Partnership of Purpose: Transforming Bailiwick Health and Care.

Mr Royles has more than 20 years' experience of board-level working as a Human Resource professional and has been a strong advocate for partnership working with trade unions having been involved and instrumental with regional and national Social Partnership Forums.

As Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Mr Royles has negotiated with national trade unions on changes to terms and condition of employment and submitted evidence to the NHS Pay Review Bodies.

Mr Royles said:

'I'm pleased to have been selected to Chair the review. I am looking forward to engaging with stakeholders and staff to understand the challenges faced by those working within Guernsey's health care service. I will seek to deliver a report on the outcome of the review by the end of the year.'

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Policy & Resources Committee member who leads on employment matters, said:

'We're delighted Dean has agreed to lead the review, which is a vital piece of work. The employer and relevant unions have contributed to what they would like to see covered by the review. It is important that, now appointed, the chair meets all involved in formally setting and reaching agreement on the terms of reference. We look forward to seeing Dean's recommendations by the end of the year, which will be made public in due course.'

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