CAMPAIGN FOR HEALTH CARE ASSISTANTS

The National Nursing Sector recognises the unique and valuable contribution which healthcare assistants and all of their differing job titles, make to patient care. You are an essential part of the nursing team. However it has been clear for some time that a small number of organisations are expecting more and more commitment from Health […]

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE BOARD

The Bury St Edmunds & District Health Branch of UNISON applauds NHS Bedfordshire for balloting its staff on their proposal to set up a Social Enterprise Board. NHS Bedfordshire needed 51% in favour of the proposal, but the staff had other ideas and responded with a magnificent 97% vote against, in a 98% turnout. Conference […]

STAFF SHORTAGES AND EXCESSIVE WORKLOADS

The NHS Staff Survey, the everyday experience of UNISON members and representatives, and the continuing increase in work-related stress all show that one of the most widespread problems faced by UNISON members is the issue of excessive workloads and shortages of staff. These problems occur across all staff groups, both in direct delivery of patient […]

REDEPLOYMENT AND ILL HEALTH RETIREMENT

Conference notes the changes to the NHS pension scheme and ill Health Retirement arrangements that have been in place since April 2008. Conference also notes there have been no extra groups of special classes for many years in the scheme, the last being Mental Health Officer status even though front line ambulance staff have campaigned […]

SKILL MIX

Conference notes the importance of skill mix throughout the NHS workforce and by developing good workforce planning in Nursing and Allied Health Professional Services which delivers better, flexible patient care. However, replacing Bands 5, 6 and 7 Nursing and Allied Health Professional staff with Band 3-5 Clinical Support Worker, to reduce costs will only put […]

CUTS TO THERAPY SERVICES A FALSE ECONOMY

Conference notes that in the current financial climate many NHS organisations are not taking into account the valuable role therapy services play in delivering efficient, cost-effective and patient-centred services. Many NHS organisations need to make significant financial savings, causing them to cut therapy services and freeze vacant posts. This short-sighted approach fails to recognise the […]

REVIEW OF ON CALL

The last part of the UK negotiations on Agenda For Change is the review of on-call payments. Since 2004 there has been a difficult situation of protected local and Whitley agreements sitting alongside the Agenda For Change Scheme which provide for a wide range of differing payments. Discontent around this issue among many frontline staff […]

ANNUAL LEAVE USED FOR PHASED RETURN TO WORK

Conference notes the importance of a graduated return to work from long term sickness absence. Branch Officers and stewards regularly represent cases where a protracted absence is the result of bullying and harassment or due to a serious underlying health condition. In some cases our members require redeployment after sickness into a new position, and […]

NHS AND THE QUALITY & PRODUCTIVITY CHALLENGE

Conference notes the good work done by UNISON in their campaigns under the headings of ·A Million Voices for Public Services ·Pay Matters ·Keep the NHS working ·Positively Public. These campaigns have been essential in the primary care sector where the threat of privatisation has been the greatest under the Transforming Community Services agenda. The […]

HEALTH SERVICE GROUP STRUCTURES – BARGAINING SECTORS, OCCUPATIONAL GROUPS AND NETWORKS

Bargaining Sectors, Occupational Groups and Occupational Networks Conference notes the report Health Service Group Structures Review which sets out the changes to the Health Group constitution necessary to address the changes to Service Group structures agreed at National Delegate Conference 2009 and the revised sector/occupational group changes proposed by the Health Group Executive. Conference approves […]

REGULATION OF HEALTH CARE STAFF AND SERVICES

Conference notes that members in the health service are facing a wide range of regulatory reforms. Conference recognises the contribution of UNISON’s Professional Service Unit in taking forward issues regarding the regulation of health care staff including providing professional representation, working with regulators and creating links and innovative partnerships with professional organisations. Conference is aware […]

NHS FINANCES INTO THE FUTURE

Conference welcomes the massive amounts of extra funding the NHS has received in recent years after decades of under-investment, and continues to support the centralised funding of our health service. Conference notes the importance of the NHS during the recession and the fact that, unlike other countries such as the USA, in the UK losing […]

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Conference notes the findings of the Boorman Review including: ·The large number of staff that continue to attend work while feeling unwell; ·The connection between staff health & wellbeing and standards of care; ·The connections between staff health & wellbeing and the public health agenda; ·The importance of investing in high quality occupational health services; […]

BRING PRIVATISED SERVICES BACK INTO THE NHS

Conference welcomes the Three Companies Project and other initiatives by UNISON to strengthen the union’s membership and organisation in private companies operating in the NHS. Such work is vital if we are going to be able to make these companies treat their workforce with anything like the same standards on pay, conditions, workplace policies etc […]

MANAGING SICKNESS BETTER

Despite the excellent UNISON guidance booklet, ‘Making Us Better’, and Annex Z of the Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions handbook, many NHS employers have very punitive policies and procedures on managing sickness absence. These effectively mean that members can be disciplined for being off sick, in that they receive ‘warnings’ that if their attendance […]