I am officially back at work next week but……..I still have 2 weeks annual leave owing from last year, which I have to take now, so I still have some more time before I dive back in. I am starting my re-entry on the Fridays during my leave to cover my clinics, manager has agreed this, welcomed this even and is so happy that she has said that she will pay me rather than leave me with yet another day to take!
Sitting, waiting to be seen at occupational health, I was flicking thorough a Nursing journal, and there, in a small entry, was the news that from April 1st all higher grade staff will be paid at grade for unsocial hours and weekends, and the rates are increasing. Hurrah. Also, whilst trying to find a link about the unsocial hours, I discovered that they are reviewing mileage rates, that is even better news as the situation with all the fuel rises was becoming farcical.
How scary is this? It seems that ‘the powers that be’ are starting to act on some of the issues which are a source of irritation to many NHS employees. I might be able to stop ranting.