Latest news for Health activists

Winter flu and COVID-19 vaccine programme 2023/24 – tell us what’s happening.

We want to hear from branches working jointly with employers to support this year’s Winter flu and COVID-19 vaccine programme. Unlike last year, these vaccinations are voluntary. UNISON supports vaccination in health and social care. The vaccines are safe, and we encourage all members who do not have a medical exemption to get their jab […]

Sexual harassment – an NHS workplace issue

UNISON has long campaigned to highlight sexual harassment as a workplace issue.

NHS Job Evaluation training in England – update

The NHS Staff Council provides a range of online Job Evaluation (JE) courses which are delivered by management and staff side JE experts.  The courses are a great way to build your local staff side knowledge and skills about the NHS JE scheme. The training is commissioned by NHS Employers and can be delivered to […]

UNISON/BAOT 2023 trade union development programme applications

We are inviting applications to our 2023 RCOT/UNISON trade union development programme. The main event is a two-day residential training course Thursday 23-Friday 24 November, hosted at the University of Warwick. UNISON and RCOT/BAOT have worked in partnership for decades to deliver high quality training to our dual UNISON/BAOT stewards who represent occupational therapists, occupational […]

Fair Pay and Job Evaluations

This year the national job evaluation group are reviewing and refreshing the national nursing and midwifery profiles used in evaluating your NHS roles. We surveyed our nursing family last year to gain a full understanding of your role and how it has changed over time; so that we can ensure the new profiles accurately represent […]

NHS Pay deal in England – branch update on private contractors pay

The NHS pay deal agreed in England for 2022/23 and 2023/24 covers all Annex 1 employers in the NHS.   The application of the pay deal beyond Annex 1 employers falls into two categories:  Non-Annex 1 employers with dynamic link / automatic application  Some non-Annex 1 employers have contractual agreements where they automatically apply Agenda for […]

How to build a better bank contract – June 2023

The 2023 pay round has highlighted some campaigning, organising and bargaining opportunities around bank contracts. This guidance is aimed at UNISON branches and organisers to help them have informed conversations with members who work on an NHS-operated bank as their primary contract (rather than those employed via NHS Professionals or a private agency). It covers […]

For reps: Give us your views on draft Staff Council homeworking agreement (England)

In January 2022 the NHS Staff Council established a joint task and finish group to develop a draft national framework agreement on homeworking that could be incorporated into the NHS Terms and Conditions handbook.  The Staff Council Executive has now approved a draft to go out to local employers and local trade union reps for […]

Nigeria CBT test – FAQs for health branches and UNISON Direct

Supporting members who have received communications from the NMC regarding their CBT test in Nigeria.

No laughing matter – H&S guidance on Entonox

What is Entonox? Entonox is a gas – a mixture of half oxygen and half nitrous oxide that is used for pain relief. Entonox can also be called ‘gas and air’. Entonox can be used to control pain and anxiety during some medical tests and procedures. It is often used to treat pain during childbirth. […]

Paying to care? The real cost of motoring

The cost of running a car continues to get more and more expensive. People who need to run a car for their work are being hit by these costs, yet mileage rates have not kept up with inflation and fuel prices, leaving drivers out of pocket. When staff are delivering essential health and care services, […]

Have your say on nursing and midwifery national profile review

The UK-wide national digital survey was launched on 26 September and sent to HRDs in all trusts, boards and arms-length bodies. 

NHS Job Evaluation Group launch review into nursing and midwifery profiles

The purpose of the review is to ensure that the national role profiles used locally to match nursing and midwifery jobs are up to date, reflect the modern nursing and midwifery landscape and ensure pay equity for this group of staff.

Staff Council guidance: withdrawal of DHSC Covid terms – advice for branches (England)

As Covid infections rise and some staff continue to experience long Covid, UNISON’s NHS members will be very concerned that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has decided to withdraw the temporary Covid sick pay/special leave provisions put in at the beginning of the pandemic for Agenda for Change staff. UNISON has worked […]

UNISON renews ties with RCOT/BAOT

UNISON and the British Association of Occupational Therapists have renewed their partnership agreement. This means that occupational therapy staff working in the UK who are members of BAOT/RCOT will continue to be members of UNISON. UNISON and BAOT have been working together since 1993, helping to ensure that more than 36,000 occupational therapists have access […]