More than a million health workers in England will start receiving extra pay from June after the NHS Staff Council held a crucial meeting this afternoon in which members voted to accept the government’s revised pay offer.

The NHS Staff Council speaks on behalf of employers and 14 health unions, representing all NHS staff aside from doctors and dentists who are on different contracts. The latest pay offer means a 5% rise for 2023/24 and a one-off payment worth at least £1,655 for 2022/23 will now be implemented for employers ranging from nurses and paramedics to porters and cleaners.

Tuesday’s meeting came as union members remain divided over the government’s revised pay offer – an offer which came after months of negotiations.