Knowing that operational services support staff rarely get the recognition they deserve, UNISON is preparing to mark One Team Day on 25 November. The goal is to celebrate everything that NHS staff have been doing behind the scenes throughout the pandemic.
UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “With the events of this past year, healthcare staff across the NHS deserve recognition for their hard work now more than ever.
“The NHS couldn’t run without cleaners, porters, security staff, cooks, medical secretaries and all the staff that are often overlooked when we praise the health service.
“One Team Day recognises and celebrates the vital role that everyone in the health team plays to ensure patients get the care they deserve.”
This year, One Team Day events will mostly take place online, in place of branch stalls and celebrations at hospitals.
Healthcare workers are being encouraged to nominate a hard-working colleague to be considered as One Team member of the year.
UNISON has created a range of resources and activities on the One Team webpage, including suggestions for branches on how to mark the day, posters to display in workplaces and a tool for members to nominate a hard-working colleague as One Team member of the year.
UNISON members are also being encouraged to take photos with our posters and share them on social media.