Science, Technical and Therapy Staff in the NHS

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2014 Health Care Service Group Conference
6 December 2013
Carried as Amended

Conference notes the significant contribution that staff working in Science, Technical and Therapy roles provide to the whole person care of patients in the NHS. UNISON organises staff within Science, Technical and Therapy roles into an occupational group which has the role of informing Service Group Executive policy and speaking on behalf of all members on key issues. The National Science, Technical and Therapy Occupational Group also has a responsibility to organise members around key UNISON campaigns and activities.

With such a broad range of members, from Occupational Therapists, Chaplains and Pharmacy Staff to Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Physiologists, UNISON needs to engage its members in the activities at local branch, regional and national levels. Regional networks of UNISON members can further enhance UNISON’s ability to respond to the ever changing policy of this coalition government and better protect our members against current threats such as Any Qualified Provider (AQP), downbanding, outsourcing and privatisation.

Conference calls on the Health Service Group Executive to:

1)develop a recruitment and organising strategy to ensure wide participation of Science, Technical and Therapy members in UNISON’s campaigns and activities;

2)work with regions and the devolved nations via health committees to develop strong networks of Science, Technical and Therapy members and activists to engage with the national occupational group, and;

3)promote the work of the Science, Technical and Therapy group to the wider UNISON membership.