Clinical Commissioning Groups: Boardroom Pay 2015

The NHS is going through a period of unparalleled change, most notably, with the introduction of the clinical commissioning groups. The initial pay guidance levels provided to CCG remuneration committees have made way for greater independence so organisations now have more freedom to determine the pay levels of those they employ in their top roles.

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The coalition government's major reorganisation of the NHS paved the way for the introduction of over 200 new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). From April 2013, Primary Care Trusts were abolished and CCGs became responsible for commissioning or buying a broad swathe of health and care services. With these new powers also came greater independence over a range of new responsibilities including remuneration.

The first batch of annual reports analysed by reveals that most CCGs decided to pay their two most senior directors more than the guidance levels provided prior to their establishment.

The report describes the current pay landscape in CCGs, drawing on data from over 2,000 individuals employed by more than 200 of the new CCGs analysed. This is the most comprehensive survey of pay in CCGs available. It's an invaluable resource for CCG remuneration committee chairs, HR and reward specialists and anyone interested in this new part of the NHS.

Our pay researchers have been examining boardroom remuneration in the NHS for over 20 years. As well as trusts, they have followed the changes, analysing pay in PCTs, CCG clusters and now CCGs.

In this report we examine:

  • Have CCGs moved away from the initial guidance levels provided for some of the key board level roles?
  • What are the going rates for these positions and those jobs not covered by the original advice?
  • How do pay rates vary according to the various measures of size and complexity?

Positions covered

Our analysis covers over 40 full- and part-time positions including:

  • Accountable officer
  • Chief officer
  • Chief clinical officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Nursing director
  • Commissioning director
  • Corporate affairs/services director
  • Governance director
  • Engagement director
  • Strategy director
  • Transformation director
  • Service development/delivery
  • Quality director
  • Chair
  • Clinical lead
  • Lay member
  • Locality lead
  • Practice manager
  • Secondary care doctor.

Analysis by key variables

Where sample sizes permit, data is further examined according to:

  • number of GP practices
  • net operating costs
  • staff numbers
  • population size
  • region.

The report analyses:

  • basic salary
  • taxable benefits
  • bonuses
  • 'other' remuneration
  • total remuneration for directors in post for the full 12 months.

NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – Bespoke Data

Our NHS research focuses on NHS trusts and CCGs. Both reports provide detailed aggregate analysis based on thousands of data points, but we also make available the data underlying this research so that you can identify precisely the pay rates in organisations of a similar size and complexity to your own.

Data for each job can be split according to:

  • Trust income (NHS trusts)
  • Net operating costs (CCGs)
  • Trust type (NHS trusts)
  • Number of GP practices (CCGs)
  • Staff numbers (both)
  • Population size (CCGs)
  • Region (both)

E-reward's annual CCG and NHS trust reports cover the most common job roles, but our pay database also includes a number of specialist roles that should also be of interest.

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Title: NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups: Boardroom Pay 2015

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