One Team week – 5-9 November 2018
One Team Week is a celebration of NHS support staff, particularly those working in operational services. UNISON organises One Team Week each year as part of our One Team campaign to celebrate the porters, cleaners, admin and clerical staff, catering staff and all support workers who work tirelessly in the NHS, often without the recognition they deserve.
In November we are spending five days celebrating our amazing support staff and we want your workplace to be part of it. So, put 5-9 November in your diary and start planning how you will highlight the work these members do.
Why do we need to celebrate operational services staff?
When people think of NHS staff, who do they see? Probably doctors, nurses and paramedics. But almost half the staff in the NHS (around 470,000 people) are in clinical support or infrastructure support roles: these include porters, medical secretaries, telephonists, cleaners, caretakers and laundry staff. These are the people, often unseen by patients, who play a vital role in keeping our NHS running, making sure patients and their families get the best treatment possible.
UNISON is proud to represent these unseen heroes of the NHS and we are celebrating One Team Week because we believe that everyone, including patients, their families, politicians and the public should recognise and celebrate these staff too.
In the resources section you will find material and ideas to help you celebrate the week. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your celebration now.