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NHS Pay Review Body - Appointment of new chair                                                

The Department of Health has appointed Mr Jerry Cope to serve as the new Chair of the NHS Pay Review Body from 1 April 2011, after an open competition moderated by the Appointments Commission.  

The appointment follows the successful completion of two terms of office, the maximum number allowed, by Professor Gillian Morris. 

Commenting on Mr Cope’s appointment, The Secretary of State said:

“I am pleased with the appointment of Jerry Cope to the NHS Pay Review Body.  Jerry brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience. He has already brought strong leadership to the Prison Service Pay Review Body, on which he had two successful terms as Chair.

”Jerry will provide the NHS Pay Review Body with strong leadership and clear direction, enabling the review body to continue to fulfil effectively its functions as an independent public body.”

Mr Cope said:

“I am delighted to accept the post of Chair of the NHS Pay Review Body, not least because I very much appreciate the importance of its work over the next few years.”

Notes to Editors

1. Mr Cope has considerable chairing experience, already having served two terms as the chair of the Prison Service Pay Review Body. His professional career was spent with Royal Mail and the Post Office, including Director of Personnel and Director of Strategic Planning

2. The NHS Pay Review Body is independent. Its role is to make recommendations to Ministers on the remuneration of all National Health Service and Health and Social Care staff paid under the Agenda for Change pay system.

3. The NHS Pay Review Body's remit covers more than 1.4 million staff employed within the NHS/ Health and Social Care in the UK and covered by the Agenda for Change pay system, including nurses, midwives, health visitors, allied health and health care science professions, pharmacists, optometrists, applied psychologists and psychotherapists, clinical support workers and technicians supporting these groups, ambulance staff and administrative, estates and managerial staff.

 4. For media enquiries, please call the Department of Health please call the Newsdesk on 020 7210 5221.

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