PPA Capacity Improvement Programme

The Prescription Pricing Authority (PPA) announced the creation of the Capacity Improvement Programme (CIP) in December 2003. Management stated that the aim for CIP was to increase the PPA’s prescription processing capacity deal with the rising intake without the need to open more processing divisions. At this time it was stated that rollout would be […]

Ambulance Service Review

This Conference notes the forthcoming reorganisation of Ambulance Trusts in England in line with the proposed reconfigured Strategic Health Authority boundaries, in addition to the many other recommendations contained in the report “Taking Healthcare to The Patient”. Conference endorses the UNISON response document to the report and in particular that UNISON is broadly in favour […]

Student Poverty

We welcomed the national student nurse survey, which was conducted by UNISON and the Nursing Times this year. However it is clear from previous health conference motions that other students including Occupational Therapists, Operating Department Practitioners and Paramedic diploma and degree students face similar financial hardship. We therefore call on the SGE and relevant Sectors […]

Health Care Assistants

We welcomed the launch of the code of conduct for Healthcare Assistants, which was called for at the 2005 HCA conference. The National Nursing Sector recognises the significance that regulation plays in acknowledging the vital contribution, which HCA make to patient care and the health care team. However the subject of regulation for HCA dates […]

Chief Nursing Officer Review of Mental Health Nursing 2005/06

UNISON’s Nursing Sector has been heavily involved and influential in the recent Chief Nursing Officer (England) Review of Mental Health Nursing. Unison responded at length to the review consultation, making many observations and recommendation that are taken up in the published report. The Nursing Sector provided three representatives to the Reference Panel which assisted in […]

Developing Specialist Networking

This conference acknowledges the difficulties facing the more specialist staff in the NHS in various areas such as preparing job descriptions, knowledge and skills framework outlines and accessing information on career development and training and education opportunities. Within trusts and individual branches such staff are often at a disadvantage compared to colleagues in more generic […]

Using the KSF to Promote Equality and Diversity

Conference notes the introduction of the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) which will apply to all NHS staff as part of the Agenda for Change process. Conference also notes that the KSF has equality and human rights as a core dimension. As a consequence all employees will be required to demonstrate a commitment to equality […]

National Blood Service Policy on Men who have sex with Men

Conference notes 1.The National Blood Service (NBS) collects, tests, processes, stores and issues 2.1 million blood donations yearly; 2.Potential donors are asked if they are member of a community at higher risk of contracting HIV/Aids – communities that include men who sleep with men, people who have had sex in Africa and intravenous drug users. […]

Addressing the Shortfall in Specialist Education and Training

Conference notes with concern that the Professional and Technical workforce in the NHS faces a potential shortfall of staff over the next five years. This is especially the case in Cardiology, Biomedical Science, Operating Department Practice, Healthcare Engineers, Pharmacy and the Medical Technical area and is evidenced by ongoing and increasing recruitment problems. Conference recognises […]

Tackling Violence Towards NHS Staff

This Conference affirms that violence and aggression toward NHS staff is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Recent statistics show that the level of violence is worryingly high. All too familiar are the shocking reports we hear from nurses, paramedics and other health workers that they have been assaulted, punched, kicked, spat at and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commissioning a Patient Led NHS

Conference applauds UNISON’s campaign opposing the changes outlined in Nigel Crisp’s letter of 28 July 2005 “Commissioning a Patient Led NHS”. This has included: ·UNISON’s successful motions to the TUC Congress and to the Labour Party Conference ·Working through the Labour Link in order to achieve an Early Day Motion, signed by 120 MPs, calling […]

Cuts, Closures and Deficits

Conference is deeply concerned about the deficits being experienced by many NHS Trusts. In 2004-5, the NHS in England was overspent by £250 million, and estimates by researchers and academics have suggested a funding deficit of more than £1 billion for 2005-6. As a result, NHS Trusts have been ordered by the Department of Health […]

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 […]