Press release

Public Appointments to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration

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Senior appointments to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration and to the NHS Pay Review Body.

Senior appointments to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration and to the NHS Pay Review Body have been announced today by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter.

Professor Paul Curran has been confirmed as the new Chair and Professor Kevin Lee and Alan Henry have been appointed as Members of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB).

Colin Kennedy has been appointed as a Member of the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB).

John Glennie OBE and Dame Denise Holt have also been re-appointed for a second term as Members of the DDRB and NHSPRB respectively

The DDRB advises UK Ministers on the remuneration of doctors and dentists taking any part in the NHS.

The NHSPRB advises UK Ministers on the remuneration of all employed NHS staff paid under Agenda for Change terms and conditions of service.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said:

I am pleased to confirm these new appointments. They each bring extensive and varied experience of pay and workforce issues, which will help maintain the strength of the pay review body process during a challenging period of pay restraint.

I am also pleased to confirm that John Glennie OBE and Dame Denise Holt have been reappointed to the DDRB and NHSPRB respectively to serve a further term. Their contribution will continue to support the important work of the pay review bodies for the next three years.

Geoff Dart, Director at the Office of Manpower Economics, said:

I am delighted that Professor Paul Curran, Professor Kevin Lee, Alan Henry and Colin Kennedy have been appointed to the Pay Review Bodies from April 2013. Their talents will complement the skills of the other PRB members and I look forward to working closely with them over the next few years. They will join John Glennie OBE and Dame Denise Holt who have been reappointed for second terms. Their experience and expertise have greatly enhanced the work of the pay review bodies over the past three years with both devoting much time and effort to the complex pay related issues the PRBs are asked to consider.

Professor Curran said:

I am delighted to be appointed to this post at a challenging time for public sector pay. The DDRB has an important role advising on pay, which is important in recruiting, retaining and motivating doctors and dentists. As a group we will consider a range of pay, economic and labour market evidence. We will visit acute trusts, health boards and primary care organisations across the UK to meet representatives of management and the doctors and dentists to whom our recommendations apply.

Professor Paul Curran, Professor Kevin Lee and Colin Kennedy started their posts from 1st April 2013; Alan Henry from 22nd April. John Glennie OBE and Dame Denise Holt commenced their second term on 1st April 2013.

Background Information

For media enquiries please ring the Department of Health desk on 0207 210 5375.

This appointment is made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None of the appointees have declared any current political activity.

Professor Curran is a Member of the Natural Environment Research Council appointed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Alan Henry is a Governor at South Eastern Regional College, appointed by the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland. The others hold no other Ministerial appointments.

The appointments are for three years. The Chair will receive £350 and Members will each receive £300 for preparation and attendance per meeting plus travel and subsistence expenses, for a time commitment of around 15 meetings per year.

Alan Henry’s appointment is subject to security clearance.

For further information on the DDRB and NHSPRB click here.