Unite the union has today (14 December) welcomed the move to award a higher pay band for health visitors following a successful campaign by the union.

Under the Agenda for Change (AFC) process, health visitors will now be banded at level seven. More than 1,000 of the 1,400 health visitors in Scotland are Unite members. They have been successfully represented in the negotiations through the Community Practitioner and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) within the union.

Gavin Fergie, Unite’s Lead Professional Officer for health in Scotland, said: “Unite is pleased that the higher banding is a recognition of the professional dedication and quality of service provided by health visitors in Scotland. Under often trying circumstances, they do their professional best to address Scotland’s public health needs. The health visiting service is at a cross roads in Scotland with the numbers of practitioners not available to meet the demands and aspirations of the service.

“Unite hopes that this decision will add to the attraction of being a health visitor as a career choice. However, we are equally clear that this re-banding must not come at the expense of other colleagues in the wider health sector and result in future cuts by health boards.  The Scottish Government must ensure that this increase is properly resourced and no finances are diverted away from other key areas.”


For more information contact Gavin Fergie on 07980 237 024.


Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.