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New NHS Staff Council Guidance on Welfare Facilities out now

The NHS Staff Council’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) has developed UK-wide guidance to support NHS organisations to improve their provision of staff welfare facilities.

NHS Pension Scheme England and Wales: Proposed changes to member contributions

The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting on the implementation of a new member contribution structure for the NHS Pension Scheme in England and Wales.

Changes to self-isolation guidance from 16 August for NHS staff (England)

On Monday 16 August 2021, the government advice on self-isolation following contact with a positive COVID-19 case changed.

UK survey examines impact of COVID-19 on NHS staff retention

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on NHS staff and resources. A new UK-wide online survey aims to look at the impact of the pandemic on NHS staff retention, including how this might vary between different groups of NHS employees.

EU Settled Scheme deadline – Advice for branches

EU Settled Scheme deadline on 30 June 2021 – what does it mean for UNISON members?

An Inspector Calls – Information for UNISON Health and Safety Representatives

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that they will carry out further inspections of NHS Trusts and Boards across Wales, Scotland and England from July to December 2021.   This follows a series of inspections which took place towards the end of last year, focussing on measures to manage health and safety risks […]

“DESIGN FRAMEWORK” FOR INTEGRATED CARE SYSTEMS – UNISON BRIEFING

As mentioned in the last edition of Health News, NHS England and NHS Improvement have just released the ICS Design Framework, a new document to support the development of integrated care systems in England.

Ahead of the imminent publication of the Health and Care Bill – which will give effect to the recent Integration and Innovation white paper – this latest document sets out some of the main ways NHS leaders and organisations will operate with partners in ICSs from April 2022, when the reforms are scheduled to come into force. The document includes more information on how the two parts of the proposed ICS structure – the ICS Partnership and the ICS NHS Body – will be formed and how they will operate. Most significantly for UNISON members, it also includes further detail on how the transition to the new system will be managed from a staffing point of view.

This short briefing covers the main headlines on the new structures and ways of working, followed by a dedicated note on the proposed transitional arrangements for staff.

Ten ways to mark the final 2 days for 2k

With the Pay Review Body due to make its recommendation to the Westminster government in late June, the decision on NHS pay will then be firmly in the hands of the government and top of the PM’s mind.

Focus group participants needed – England

The College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) and Unison, through funding from Health Education England (HEE), has commissioned Allied Health Solutions to identify the extent to which theatre support workers seek opportunities to become Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and be a potential supply line to increase the number of ODPs.

Focus group participants needed – England

The College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) and Unison, through funding from Health Education England (HEE), has commissioned Allied Health Solutions to identify the extent to which theatre support workers seek opportunities to become Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and be a potential supply line to increase the number of ODPs.

Pensions update for ODPs

UNISON’s Pensions Unit for Members has been assisting some of our ODP members with Special Class Status (SCS) claims.

NHS Pay 2021: Update

An update on UNISON’s pay campaign for staff including an action for members to ensure UNISON is ballot ready.

The campaign to re-band Community Health Care Assistants

UNISON’s representative from Yorkshire and Humberside on the National Nursing and Midwifery Committee tells us about the ongoing campaign to achieve re-banding of the Neighbourhood Care Assistant.

Students in UNISON

UNISON’s Student Nurse Lead, Joy O’Gorman, reflects on the enormous progress that has been made for UNISON’s student members over the previous 12 months and what work lies ahead as discussions take place to address the workforce crisis.

Reducing restrictive practices: a union agenda

UNISON’s National Nursing and Midwifery Occupational Committee academic member addresses the use of restrictive practice in mental health settings.