NHS staff members working

#WithNHSStaff campaign

They’ve been there for us. Now it’s our turn. Let’s show we’re with NHS staff for fair pay.

The skills and dedication of our NHS staff have never been more needed. But they’re burnt out, demoralised and underpaid.

They need your help to get a message to politicians: it’s time to pay NHS staff properly for the critical and important work they do, and get our NHS fit to face the challenges ahead.

To show you’re #WithNHSStaff, write to your MP, download a poster for your window and share your support on social media using our hashtag.

#WithNHSStaff is a joint campaign by the 14 unions collectively representing around a million NHS staff employed under the Agenda for Change pay system.

The nurses, midwives, cleaners, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, radiographers, porters, paramedics and other NHS staff all contribute in different ways to delivering NHS care to the millions of people who use it every year.

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Download a poster to display in your window and show you’re #WithNHSStaff for fair pay.

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Write to your MP

Show you’re #WithNHSStaff for fair pay – write to your MP

Politicians work for you. They should want to hear what’s important to you, they have a duty to listen and respond. The best way to let them know what you think about NHS pay is to write to them.

This guide is about writing to your Westminster MP, but if you live in Scotland, Cymru / Wales or Northern Ireland you can also write to your representatives in the parliament or assembly in your part of the UK. Information about how to contact them is further down.

As unions, we’re writing to and speaking with MPs on behalf of NHS staff. But a letter from you, as one of the people they represent in Parliament, might just cut through to a local MP in a way that sometimes as organisations we can’t.

Your letter or email to them doesn’t need to be long. In fact, short is good. Just cover the points below and you will have got your message across. You can find your MP's contact details here.

Everyone across the UK should write to their MP because if we can make the UK Government make a commitment, that will make it easier to secure a deal right across the UK.

But if you live in Scotland, Cymru / Wales or Northern Ireland, you can also write to your representatives in the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Parliament / Senedd Cymru, or Northern Ireland Assembly. You can use all the same points below – except 5&6 (public) or 6&7 (NHS worker).

We want to hear what MPs are saying to you. It’s really helpful for us to know. Please forward all replies to publicaffairs@rcm.org.uk. Thank you.

Write to your MP –
member of public

The most impact will come from writing in your own words. But you might want to include these points:

  1. Say you support our call for an early and significant pay rise for NHS staff. If your friend or family member works in the NHS, tell them why their job is so important, and we need to value them.
  2. Tell them what it’s been like during the pandemic. Maybe you’ve been worried about someone working in the NHS but proud that they’ve carried on nonetheless. Or you may be concerned about treatments on hold due to Covid pressures, and how exhausted, demoralised staff will clear the backlog after the crisis.
  3. Tell your MP how NHS pay has been held down for years – and if that’s had an impact on you and your family, explain how it’s affected you. These personal details are so important and really effective.
  4. Ask them directly – but politely – if they support an early and significant pay rise.
  5. Ask them to sign ‘Early Day Motion 742’ on an early pay rise for NHS staff. You can include this link: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/57283/early-pay-rise-for-nhs-staff
  6. And ask them specifically to write on your behalf to both the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, calling for an early and significant pay rise for NHS staff.
  7. Post what you’ve done on social media using our hashtag #WithNHSStaff. The more people we can get involved, the better, and the greater chance we can make a difference for our fantastic NHS staff.

Write to your MP –
NHS worker

The most impact will come from writing in your own words. But you might want to include these points:

  1. If you’ve been working in the NHS throughout the last decade, tell them about how your pay has been held down for years – and the impact that’s had on you and your family. These personal details are so important and really effective.
  2. Tell them what it’s been like to work in the NHS during the pandemic. For example, if you’ve had worries and concerns but gone into work nonetheless.
  3. If you’re having financial difficulties, especially if they’re caused by the pandemic, and are comfortable telling them about this, please do so.
  4. Say that you support our call for an early and significant pay rise for NHS staff like yourself. Next April is too long to wait. It needs to be brought forward.
  5. Ask them directly – but politely – if they support an early and significant pay rise.
  6. Ask them to sign ‘Early Day Motion 742’ on an early pay rise for NHS staff. You can include this link: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/57283/early-pay-rise-for-nhs-staff
  7. And ask them specifically to write on your behalf to both the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, calling for an early and significant pay rise for NHS staff.
  8. Post what you’ve done on social media using our hashtag #WithNHSStaff. The more people we can get involved, the better, and the greater chance we can make sure NHS staff get a fair deal on pay.