- 05 January 2021
- 3 min read
A Nurse’s Guide To NHS Pay Bands In 2021
If you’ve ever wondered how the NHS pay bands compare with one another, here is a brief guide to how your responsibilities will change, along with your pay.
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NHS pay for Nurses is structured around different bandings
Newly qualified, NMC registered Nurses start at Band 5, and the most qualified and experienced nursing consultants and specialists can climb all the way to the uppermost pay band, which is band 9.
Within each banding, different levels of pay are on offer according to experience.
And movement between bandings can come with enough experience and further study, allowing Nurses to apply for more senior roles.
Here’s a brief guide to the pay on offer within each banding, and the typical job titles found within each banding.
Band 5 salaries and roles
Band 5 nursing roles apply to newly qualified Nurses.
The current starting salary for a Band 5 Nurse is £24,907.
Band 6 salaries and roles
Band 6 Nursing roles typically include Senior Nurses, Deputy Ward Managers, Health Visitors and various specialist Nurses.
Band 6 roles start at £31,365, and rise to £37,890 for Nurses with more than 7 years of experience.
Band 7 salaries and roles
Band 7 Nursing roles include Ward Managers, Emergency Nurse Practitioners and clinical specialists.
Band 7 roles start at £38,890 and rise to £44,503 for anyone with more than 7 years of experience.
At this level, it’s likely that highly specialised knowledge will be essential for securing a position – which will probably come from a Master’s degree.
Bands 8 and 9
At the very top of NHS nursing banding there are only a few types of roles that qualify.
Band 8 and 9 roles normally only apply to Modern Matrons, Chief Nurses and Consultants.
Band 8 roles start at £45,753, but at Band 8D, can rise to £87,754 a year.
Meanwhile, Band 9 roles start at £91,004, and rise to more than £100,000 a year.
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