Senior nurses in the National Health Service will receive a pay rise of 5 per cent from April.
All other NHS nurses will receive a 3.7 per cent pay increase as their annual pay settlement.
The move will take a newly qualified nurse’s pay to a minimum of £15,445, while sisters and charge nurses will now earn between £21,605 and £26,290.
The government has allocated provision for extra pay for senior nurses because of their extra responsibilities under the NHS Plan.
Taken together with new cost of living supplements, and a 3.7 per cent increase for London weighting, nurses in London and the South will receive an average pay increase of between £1,270 and £1,515 a year.
Physiotherapists, radiographers and chiropodists will receive a pay rise of at least 3.7 per cent. All NHS doctors will receive a 3.9 per cent pay increase.
Health secretary Alan Milburn said: “We are determined to do right by front line NHS staff. These pay rises will help increase still further the numbers of trained and qualified staff working in the NHS.”