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.
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She is an F-grade nurse - one higher than E-grade - with 15 years' experience and felt she and others had been overlooked.
And experienced F-grade nurses have only been given the same rise as some of their junior colleagues.
Hilary Taylor, a senior staff nurse at Edinburgh Sick Children's Hospital, said: "I'm quite happy because I'm at the top of my grade but there are others who have not been at that level and you have to have been there for the last year." Susan Brown, a senior staff nurse at the Sick Kids' said she was unhappy after receiving an increase of 3.4 per cent as an F-grade nurse. She felt she and other nurses on that grade had been overlooked.