F-grade nurse

F-grade nurse

A UK term for a senior staff nurse who was so designated under the Whitley Industrial Relations System, which provided a framework for pay, terms and conditions for UK government employees in the early 20th century, and which the NHS adopted in 1948. The Whitley system was widely criticised and was replaced by pay bands in 2004. While the term “F-grade nurse” has been officially retired in NHS-speak, it is still in common use in UK hospitals.