Pay raises for very senior managers (VSMs) are determined by the government in light of recommendations made by the senior salaries review body (SSRB). This body takes evidence from the Department of Health and managers in partnership before making their recommendations.
The chancellor wrote to all pay review body chairs, having announced in his autumn statement an end to the pay freeze after 2012/13, that to support fiscal consolidation, for each of the following 2 years, the government would seek public sector pay awards that average at 1%.
The government has invited the SSRB to make recommendations on how the funding might best be distributed taking account of continued strong recruitment, retention and motivation of NHS staff
The Department of Health, therefore, invites the SSRB to consider this and make recommendations for the distribution of the available funds of up to 1%, balancing the public’s aspirations for continuing NHS service improvements on the one hand, and pay levels necessary to deliver a workforce of the required size, skill, motivation and morale on the other.