|Title:||Health Professionals Work Value Review –Updating of Job Description Forms and Advertising of Positions|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 2103/06|
|Date of issue:||Tuesday, 19 September 2006|
|Description:||Directs all Health Services and Health Corporate Network to upgrade specified callings Job Description Forms and to ensure all vacant and newly created positions are advertised in accordance with the new classification levels and Job Description Forms.|
|Applicable to:||All Health Services and Health Corporate Network|
|Period of effect:||from 19 September 2006|
|Authorised by:||Dr Neale Fong, Director General, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 19-Sep-2006|
|Print version:||View print version|
Health Professionals Work Value Review –Updating of Job Description Forms and Advertising of Positions
On 12 December 2005, the WA Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued orders varying the Hospital Salaried Officers Award to reflect the agreed outcomes of the Health Professionals Work Value Review.
Health Services are required to update the Job Description Forms (JDFs) for all specified calling positions to ensure they reflect the outcomes of the review and the definition of specified callings contained in the Award. This requirement was outlined in Operational Circular 2070/06.
The Award definition provides that employees must possess a relevant tertiary qualification in one of the named specified callings and be employed in that calling in order to be remunerated within the specified callings classification levels.
Positions requiring tertiary qualifications other than the named specified callings of the Award must not be included in the specified callings classifications.
The specified callings covered by the work value review are Audiologists, Bio-Engineers, Certified Clinical Perfusionists, Dietitians, Librarians, Medical Imaging Technologists, Medical Scientists, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Occupational Therapists, Orthoptists, Orthotists and Prosthetists, Pharmacists, Physicists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Radiation Therapists, Scientific Officers (Respiratory Science, Exercise Physiology, Sleep Technology), Social Workers, Speech Pathologists and Ultra-Sonographers.
All specified calling vacancies are to be advertised at the new classification levels with updated JDFs consistent with the position requirements and work value change. Positions that do not comply with these requirements will be referred back to the Health Service for updating prior to advertising.
Attached are the classification level descriptors for Levels 4/6 through to Level 12. The descriptors identify the characteristics of positions at each classification level and will assist in defining the key responsibilities and summary of duties for each position.
The following information is provided to assist in amending the essential criteria of the JDFs to reflect the Award definition:
Health Services are to update their Establishments data on Lattice to ensure that only specified calling positions in accordance with the Award definition are shown under specified callings.
Positions previously classified as specified callings that do not meet the Award definition must be removed from the specified callings and placed in the general salary structure of the Award at the appropriate level. It is not appropriate to reclassify such positions by reference to the new specified callings structure. Any proposed new classification must be processed in accordance with approved procedures via the relevant Classification Review Committee.
Health Services should also note that it is not possible to continue to pay employees within the L3/5 salary range given the Award changes.
Dr Neale Fong
This circular last updated: Tuesday, 19 September 2006 at 9:07am