Litigious Society

Conference notes that unprincipled legal firms are trying to sell their services to a wider market by encouraging members of the public to sue NHS organisations if they are not content with the levels of care received. The NHS has mechanisms for identifying and rectifying errors in treatment and practice. Health professionals are regulated and […]

KSF – Helping Members to Access Learning

This Conference notes that the Knowledge & Skills Framework will give all NHS staff employed on Agenda for Change terms and conditions, a contractual right to learning and development opportunities in their work. Under the KSF, every staff member will have an annual Development Review meeting with their line manager and jointly agree arrangements whereby […]

KSF – Promoting Learning and Building the Union

With the implementation of the NHS Knowledge & Skills Framework, Conference expects a rapid expansion of learning activities among NHS staff, keen to take advantage of the learning and development opportunities offered by the KSF. Conference notes UNISON’s continuing success in its work to create a culture of lifelong learning in health branches, carried out […]

NHS Professionals

Conference understands that NHSP was set up in such a manner that its staff have similar conditions to NHS staff. However, it appears that NHSP staff are not paid sick pay. In the mental health sector, the lack of sick pay is causing problems in that NHSP staff are reluctant to assist in situations where […]

Independent Sector Treatment Centres

Conference expresses its concern at the increasing fragmentation of the NHS and in particular the extended role of the private providers and the Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) programme. Despite constant referrals from this government to extending patient choice and reducing waiting lists, the ISTC programme in wave one has proved divisive, offered poor value […]

Non-Implementation of Agenda for Change Agreement

This Health Conference expresses its dismay and disappointment at the failure within some areas of the Ambulance Service to implement the outcome of matching panels for the banding of Ambulance Staff. Conference further notes the statement of one Trust Chief Executive that they would not pay above a Band 4 for an Ambulance Technician regardless […]

Maternity Rights for Students

This conference congratulates trainee midwives Clare Fletcher and Tracey Parkes as women trailblazers who decided to stand up and be counted in order to win improvements in maternity rights that will benefit many others. This conference also applauds UNISON for its committed support of their case, and its determination to follow it through with high-profile […]

Hospital Cleaning/infection/MRSA

Since the contracting out of Cleaning/Domestic Services/Housekeeping/Facilities to PFI this conference notes the extent of media coverage into Hospital Acquired Infections/MRSA. Television documentaries and newspapers have reported widely on the problems associated with MRSA and bed shortages, excessive movement of patients, rapid throughput and high levels of bed occupancy to meet performance targets, lack of […]


Conference notes that a major achievement of the Pensions Review was the removal of discrimination against unmarried same sex partners and addressing past injustices such as post retirement marriage. The deeply unpopular raising of normal pension age to 65 (NPA65) which was detailed which was detailed in the Review Document predicted the financial package as […]

Agenda for Change and Black Workers

Conference notes that with Agenda for Change now implemented it will have a profound effect on low-paid black workers. Black workers already represent a high proportion of the low paid sector. With Agenda for Change and the implementation of the Knowledge and Skills Framework, many black members are likely to be disadvantaged in being able […]