UNISON representatives and members come from all areas of nursing, including the acute sector, primary care and mental health. Due to our huge network of representatives and officers we are able to offer expert advice on all issues that affect you in your workplace, as well as many outside of your work.
UNISON members have the power to influence policy decisions and campaigns via our lay member-led nursing sector. With direct input from the sector we respond to consultations from the Department of Health to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and make sure that we campaign on issues that affect you.
Latest news about nurses
(19/4/13) UNISON is challenging the government over its refusal to implement what is potentially the most effective recommendation in the Francis report – the introduction of minimum staff to patient ratios.
UNISON will be running its second safe staffing levels survey on the 5th March we want all members of the nursing family to tell us what their shift was like. Did you have enough staff on duty to deliver safe, dignified and compassionate care, can you raise concerns easily in your organisation, are you listened to and are they acted upon tell us.
(25/09/12) UNISON welcomes the Department of Health's publication recognising many ways in which the nursing family contributes to care, but warns of the effect that low staffing levels can have on care quality.
(20/09/12) Take a few minutes and fill out UNISON's annual Nursing survey.
(12/09/12) Registration is now open for UNISON’s 2012 Healthcare Assistant Seminar!
(31/08/12) UNISON is urging all members working in the health services to get their seasonal flu vaccine.
(24/08/12) UNISON Response to NMC Fee IncreaseMore than 98% of respondents to a UNISON survey have said they oppose plans to increase the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration by almost 60%.
The survey, commissioned by UNISON in order to inform the union’s response to the NMC’s consultation on fee increases, echoes the arguments made previously by the union that the increase is disproportionate, and places the responsibility for the NMC’s financial woes unfairly on the registrants.
(20/08/12) UNISON's 2012 Nursing Seminar Programme is now available. Details subject to change.
(01/08/12) New NMC Chair Mark Addison appointed by the Privy Council
(03/07/12) A damning report from the CHRE was published today with the conclusion that the NMC is letting down both patients and registrants.
(24/05/12) The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) announced last week their intention to raise registration fees by 58%.
(13/03/12) UNISON is deeply disappointed that the amendment for the regulation for healthcare assistants was withdrawn in the House of Lords today.
(09/03/2012) Read this if you're having trouble completeing the nurse-to-patient ratio online survey and find out how to get another copy of the survey.
(01/03/12) A new report sets out key recommendations for hospitals and care homes to tackle the issue of undignified care. Have a look at the 10 recommendations and tell us what you think.
(29/02/12) UNISON is launching an historic inquiry into staffing levels across the country by asking nurses to record staffing data on 6 March. Find out what you need to do to be prepared and get involved.