- 19 March 2020
- 3 min read
What band 5 salary nurses get paid in 2020 – and what you’ll do to earn it
The New Pay Deal for the NHS was signed in 2018 and ensured a minimum pay increase for all nurses at all bandings over the subsequent three years. Here’s what it means for Band 5 nurses.
Your new pay packet
As of April 2020 we are entering the third year of that pay deal, so here is a quick guide to what a Band 5 position will now pay – and what you will be required to do to earn that salary.
From April 2020, entry level nurses will earn £24,907 a year. Band 5 nurses with 1-2 years’ experience will be paid the same amount, while those with 2-4 years’ experience will earn £26,970 a year.
Beyond this, and for any other banding or level of experience, you can find out exactly what you’ll be paid by using our handy NHS pay table and NHS New Pay Deal calculator.
The highest possible annual salary within this banding currently will be £30,615.
Your duties at Band 5
For a Band 5 general nursing position, first and foremost you’ll need to be NMC registered, which will require you to have a nursing degree.
Within the job, you’ll often be the first point of contact for a patient, and you’ll normally work within a multi-disciplinary team.
Whether dealing with minor injuries or people with chronic health issues, you’ll help to provide assessments of the patient, evaluate their needs and plan their ongoing journey in your care setting – and beyond.
On any given day, you could be expected to:
• Write patient care plans
• Monitor pulse, blood pressure and temperature
• Observe and record the condition of patients
• Check and administer drugs and injections
• Set up drips and blood transfusions
• Assist with tests and evaluations
• Plan discharges from hospitals
• Communicate with families and friends of patients
This is just a broad guide, as the responsibilities you’ll have could vary greatly according to the specialist area you work in, and whether you’re hospital or community based.
Typically, you’ll be expected to work in a shift pattern that can include evenings, weekends and nights.
But community roles could afford you a more structured, 9-5 role.
Find your next Band 5 position today
Whether you’re newly qualified or looking for new experience, we have roles to suit every nurse at every stage of their career.
From Theresa, by email
"I would like to point out that for specialist staff nurses band 6 who are the most important team in specialist area of a hospital an ITU requires 65% of Staff Nurses to be Band 6 to meet standards of care, this group of Staff Specialised Nurses have been capped at a very low rate.
"I have been a specialist Nurse in ITU / CCU both Adult & Paediatric for more than 8 yrs, I have been a Nurse for more than 25 yrs, have been a band 7 for 4 yrs but due to change of location had to take a band 6.
"It is not possible to simply say you need to climb through the bands to earn a better salary.
"I believe this article needs to also look at the requirements of any NHS Trust. There is a limited # of Band 7 positions and Band 8 - its the Christmas tree scenario / effect.
"So I believe that Band 6 Specialist Nurses should have more pay scale as some work in ITU / CCU / NICU, A&E, Theatres / Recovery.
"The list is ongoing - more investment in these area of Band 6 specialist nurses is required as they fall into the same category as Band 6 on a General Ward with no post graduate courses or experience."