NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) - Call for Evidence

Closed 7 Aug 2015

Opened 17 Jul 2015


The Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Care Act 2014 have devolved functions and powers away from the Department of Health (DH) to local and Arm’s Length Bodies.

The Department has a stewardship and assurance function to ensure that the new system and its numerous reformed bodies are performing appropriate functions to a high standard.

To perform this stewardship function the Department is undertaking Triennial Reviews of all of its Arm’s Length Bodies. This includes all Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies (ENDPBs), Advisory Non-Departmental Public Bodies (ANDPBs), Executive Agencies and Special Health Authorities. Both the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) (the Pay Review Bodies (PRBs)) are ANDPBs and are subject to review in 2015-16. As NHSPRB and DDRB each have a limited range of similar functions DH will be undertaking a clustered review of both.

The programme of reviews uses the approach developed by the Cabinet Office as part of their work on public bodies reform.

Responding to the call for evidence

In order to conduct the review in an open and transparent manner and ensure that the findings are rigorous and evidence-based, the review team is seeking the views of a wide range of stakeholders. We are interested in the views of individuals and organisations that engage with NHSPRB and/or DDRB, or have a wider interest in their operations

This call for evidence is running from 17 July 2015 to 7 August 2015.

Responses can be provided by completing the online survey below:


Interested stakeholders are also invited to share their views on NHSPRB and/or DDRB.

The workshop will be held at Richmond House, London, SW1A 2NS. You can book a place (places are limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis) through this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/173042986


29 July 2015               14:00 - 16:00 hours            London


Why We Are Consulting

As noted above, this review is part of a wider programme the Department of Health has developed as part of its stewardship and assurance function. The review will have two main stages:

  • The first stage provides a robust challenge of the continuing need for the PRBs both in terms of the functions they perform and the way in which these are delivered.
  • If it is agreed that both PRBs should retain their current functions and delivery models, the second stage of the review will then consider their respective performance, governance arrangements and opportunities for efficiencies.

This Call for Evidence seeks views from respondents to assist the review’s consideration of both of the above stages. The evidence is being gathered simultaneously for stage one and stage two in the interests of timeliness and value for money only, and is not an expression of pre-judgement as to the outcome of stage one of the review.


There are a number of areas that are out of scope for this review:

  • The TR will not consider the specific recommendations of the pay review bodies.
  • The TR will not specifically consider commercial models as alternative delivery mechanisms.
  • The TR will not make recommendations relating to the underlying government and Departmental policy on pay for NHS staff.


Both NHSPRB and DDRB provide advice to Ministers in each of the three devolved administrations as well as the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health. Consequently the review team will work closely with the Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive throughout the review process.


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  • Midwives
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  • Dentists
  • Chiropodists/ podiatrists
  • Orthotists
  • Orthopists
  • Prosthetists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Diagnostic radiographers
  • Therapeutic radiographers
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Ophthalmic Practitioners
  • Foundation Trusts
  • Employer representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Trade union
  • Royal Colleges


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