Physiotherapists in England vote to accept Government’s pay offer

Physiotherapists in England have voted to accept the Government’s pay offer.

Members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) backed the deal by 65% on a turnout of 60%.

The CSP said the offer would provide an additional bonus worth around £2,000 for most members on top of the £1,400 award received in 2022/23 by members, along with a consolidated increase of 5% for 2023/24.

Claire Sullivan, director of employment relations at the CSP, said: “Our members have voted clearly to accept this offer and we will now cast our votes at the NHS Staff Council accordingly.

“While falling short of what our members, and all NHS staff, deserve, the money on offer will go some way to helping to offset the rising costs of 22/23, while also providing the certainty of a 5% increase for the current pay year.

“The Government should be in no doubt that the offer was accepted with reluctance and that further work is urgently needed to ensure pay levels are restored to pre-2010 levels without delay.

“This is the only way to address the ongoing NHS recruitment and retention crisis effectively.

“This year, our members have shown great determination in voting for, and taking, strike action in large numbers and the support of the public has remained firmly behind them throughout.

“It is only this courage that brought the Government back into talks and resulted in an improved pay offer for both 2022/3 and 2023/4.

“We will now continue the fight for the fair pay that our members deserve and that is needed to solve the NHS workforce crisis.”

A Government spokesperson said: “The decision by a clear majority of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy members to accept the pay offer demonstrates it is fair and reasonable and can bring this dispute to an end.

“The Royal College of Midwives and Unison, the largest health union, have already accepted the offer. Other unions are finalising their ballot results, and we hope it secures their support.

“Under the offer, an Agenda for Change employee at the Band 6 entry point – such as a physiotherapist, paramedic or a midwife – will receive over £5,100 in extra pay across last year and this year, with over £2,000 in bonus payments arriving as a lump sum in pay cheques before the summer.”