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Professor Paul Curran named Chair of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration

Independent body advises Prime Minister on employment matters
by Stephanie Schaal

Professor Paul CurranThe Vice-Chancellor of City University London, Professor Paul Curran, has been appointed by the Prime Minister as the new Chair of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB), the Department of Health announced today.

The DDRB is independent and makes recommendations to the Prime Minister and others on the remuneration of all doctors and dentists involved in the National Health Service.

Professor Curran's appointment was announced by Dr Daniel Poulter, Health Minister. He said: "I am pleased to confirm that Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, has been appointed as the Chair of the DDRB. He brings extensive and varied experience of pay and workforce issues and will help maintain the legitimacy of the pay review body process during a challenging period of pay restraint."

The role will see Professor Curran advise the Prime Minister and Secretaries of State and First Ministers in Devolved Administrations on pay levels and other employment matters for all 203,000 publicly funded doctors and dentists in the country.

Professor Curran said: "I am delighted to be appointed to this post at a challenging time for public sector pay. The DDRB has an essential role advising on pay, which is important in recruiting, retaining and motivating doctors and dentists. As a group we will consider a range of pay, economic and labour market evidence. We will visit acute trusts, health boards and primary care organisations across the UK to meet representatives of management and the doctors and dentists to whom our recommendations apply."

Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council at City University London, Rob Woodward said: "Professor Curran is an experienced and independent academic and public servant who is used to working at the highest level of public life. City University London is focused on the needs of business and the professions. Clearly, this appointment is an excellent fit."

The DDRB was created in 1971 and is operated by the Office of Manpower Economics, which provides an independent secretariat for the Pay Review Bodies (PRB).

Geoff Dart, Director at the Office of Manpower Economics, said: "I am delighted that Paul has been appointed to chair DDRB from April 2013. His talents will complement the skills of the other PRB members and I look forward to working closely with him over the next few years."

Professor Curran is also the Chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and leads the employers' negotiating team in national pay negotiations. He is a Member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and its Remuneration Committee and the Chair of its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. He is a Member of Universities UK and its Research Policy and Employability, Business & Industry Policy Committees. Professor Curran was the Chair of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Higher Education Workforce Steering Group and a Member of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Board and its Remuneration and Audit Committees.

The DDRB appointment runs for three years with effect from 1st April 2013.

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