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Pay for ambulance service staff


This page describes the pay arrangements for ambulance staff.

General information about pay in the NHS

Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales. This pay system covers all staff except doctors, dentists and the most senior managers. For information about pay for these professions see the pay information section in the medical or dental  sections.

In AfC the NHS job evaluation system determines a points score which is used to match jobs to one of the nine pay bands and determine levels of basic salary. 

Each of the nine pay band has a number of pay points. Staff will normally progress to the next pay point annually until they reach the top of the pay band.  In addition to basic pay, there is also extra pay for staff who work in high cost areas such as around London.


Ambulance pay

Your career in the NHS ambulance services could start at an ambulance call taker or control assistant at Band 2, or in a patient transport service roles at Bands 2, 3 and 4. After appropriate training, if you worked as an ambulance technician you could typically be Band 4, with paramedics at Band 5 and the more specialist role of emergency care practitioner Band 6. Your earnings in front line operational roles are often enhanced with unsocial hours payments of up to 25% of basic salary which reflects the 24 hour nature of the service. There are promotion opportunities for example to service area managers at Band 7, with further managerial roles attracting higher bandings.


What do ambulance staff in the NHS earn?

The following information gives an indication of which Agenda for Change pay bands certain job titles fit into and is based on the nationally produced job profiles. It can be used as a guide to the levels of pay, but please note that some job vacancies advertised in the NHS may carry very slightly different job titles to those provided here. For the actual pay rates, please click on the link to the right (NHS pay - agenda for change - pay rates):

Emergency service call taker*
Band 2
Patient transport services (PTS) driver
Band 2

*Trusts advertising for emergency medical dispatchers are likely to advertise as band 2.


Ambulance services driver (PTS) higher level
Band 3

Ambulance practitioner**
Band 4

** Trusts advertising vacancies for ambulance technician posts are likely to advertise these at band 4.


Ambulance practitioner specialist***
Band 5

***Trusts advertising vacancies for paramedic posts are likely to advertise these as band 5.


Ambulance practitioner advanced****
Band 6
Emergency services team leader
Band 6

****Trusts advertising vacancies for emergency care practitioner posts are likely to advertise these at band 6.


Emergency services area manager
Band 7

NHS pay - agenda for change - pay rates

Pay rates from November 1st 2007*


The following is a guide only to Agenda for Change pay rates. You should check with any employer directly, to confirm the pay rate for any post for which you are applying.

*(These figures have been taken from 'Pay Circular (Agenda for Change) 4/2007' (Pay and conditions for NHS Staff covered by the Agenda for Change agreement) which can be viewed on the NHS Employers website (
www.nhsemployers.org))

Band 1

Point 1 12,182
Point 2 12,577
Point 3 12,914
Point 4 13,253

Band 2

Point 2 12,577
Point 3 12,914
Point 4 13,253
Point 5 13,647
Point 6 14,042
Point 7 14,437
Point 8 14,945
Point 9 15,523

Band 3

Point 7 14,437
Point 8 14,945
Point 9 15,523
Point 10 15,870
Point 11 16,332
Point 12 16,853
Point 13 17,257

Band 4

Point 12 16,853
Point 13 17,257
Point 14 17,893
Point 15 18,528
Point 16 19,105
Point 17 19,683
Point 18 20,261

Band 5

Point 17 19,683
Point 18 20,261
Point 19 20,801
Point 20 21,494
Point 21 22,187
Point 22 22,823
Point 23 23,458
Point 24 24,383
Point 25 25,424

Band 6

Point 23 23,458
Point 24 24,383
Point 25 25,424
Point 26 26,464
Point 27 27,388
Point 28 28,313
Point 29 29,237
Point 30 30,277
Point 31 31,779

Band 7

Point 28 28,313
Point 29 29,237
Point 30 30,277
Point 31 31,779
Point 32 32,704
Point 33 33,744
Point 34 34,899
Point 35 36,112
Point 36 37,326

Band 8 Range A

Point 35 36,112
Point 36 37,326
Point 37 38,828
Point 38 40,330
Point 39 42,064
Point 40 43,335

Band 8 Range B

Point 39 42,064
Point 40 43,335
Point 41 45,530
Point 42 48,072
Point 43 50,616
Point 44 52,002

Band 8 Range C

Point 43 50,616
Point 44 52,002
Point 45 54,313
Point 46 56,856
Point 47 60,669
Point 48 62,402

Band 8 Range D

Point 47 60,669
Point 48 62,402
Point 49 65,003
Point 50 68,180
Point 51 71,646
Point 52 75,114

Band 9

Point 51 71,646
Point 52 75,114
Point 53 78,718
Point 54 82,497
Point 55 86,457
Point 56 90,607

High Cost Area Supplements:


Area

Level (1 April 2006)

Inner London

20% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of 3,468 and a maximum payment of 5,779

Outer London

15% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of 2,890 and a maximum payment of 4,045

Fringe

5% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of 867 and a maximum payment of 1,503

 

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