The thank you payment will be separate from pay negotiations, with RCN Scotland still seeking 12.5% pay rise
Nurses in Scotland will start to receive their £500 ‘thank you’ bonus for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic from early 2021.
Health staff are set to see the money in their payslips from February, and social care staff in March.
All staff will be given the option to have the payment made over three months to minimise any impact on benefits such as universal credit.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the one-off payment in a speech at the Scottish National Party’s annual conference on 30 November.
Bonus will not form part of pay negotiations
‘Back in the spring, at the height of the first wave of COVID, many of us publicly – and often loudly – showed our appreciation for the work our NHS and social care staff were doing,’ Ms Sturgeon said. ‘The applause was important, but it was never enough. Our appreciation must be shown in a more tangible way.’
She emphasised that the £500 has no strings attached and will not form part of pay negotiations in 2021.
All NHS and social care workers employed since 17 March and 30 November 2020 are eligible for the payment, including staff who have been shielding from the pandemic or who have now retired.
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Nursing students and temporary staff who worked on paid contracts for at least one month during the qualifying period will receive the payment, along with NHS bank and locum staff actively working from 17 March. Agency staff and students on unpaid clinical placements are not eligible for the bonus.
Social care staff will start to receive the payment a month later than health staff because a new payment mechanism needs to be set up.
‘Our safety-critical profession needs to be recognised and supported’
Speaking as the bonus was announced in November, RCN Scotland associate director Norman…
— to rcni.com