I thought that "Agenda for Change" was supposed to sort all that out ... you know, a common renumeration scheme across the NHS. whistle

I have heard the "we don't get the respect we deserve" comment my entire working life - including (in my case) "pre-biomed" (as a technician in other scenarios). It was ever thus, and probably always will be when working in a tech support role.

TBH, I've never let it bother me too much. I have always thought (probably somewhat naively) that quiet pride in your own abilities should suffice.

OK; time for the advice:- have you tried the private sector (or better still, going it alone)? think

If you don't inspect ... don't expect.