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Planned NHS strike suspended PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Imrie   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:37

Planned NHS strike suspended 

NHS trade unions have suspended the industrial action planned for this Thursday (29 January) following a pay proposal put forward by the government.

UNISON head of health and the unions' lead negotiator, Christina McAnea said: 

"The two strike days staged by health workers last year have moved the government to negotiate with the unions.

"This isn't a great offer but it addresses some of the key concerns unions have about low pay in the NHS. In the interest of patients' safety unions will now consult members. 

"It will be up to members to decide whether to accept or reject the proposals. If they choose to reject them we will move to further industrial action."

UNISON press office 0201 121 5463 or 07508 080383 
Unions who have agreed to suspend strike action are:
Society of Radiographers
Royal College of Midwives
British Association of Occupational Therapists


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:46
Latest on the NHS pay dispute PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Imrie   
Monday, 26 January 2015 17:51


The coming week is pivotal when it comes to resolving the national NHS pay dispute. Widely reported in the press, senior Union officials have been locked into talks with the Health Secretary - Jeremy Hunt, over resolving the current threat of industrial action that is set to grip the whole of England & Northern Ireland within the NHS.

Although these serious talks of resolution are ongoing we still need to plan for the action this week. So we need as many staff as possible to show their support and  come out on strike on Thursday 29th January 12 noon till 23.59hrs. You can do this by either working to the agreed exemptions or on full strike. If you're on a rest day or on your lunch break you can still show your support for your colleagues that are braving the cold on the picket lines and support them at your workplaces.


All we are asking for is for everybody to receive a 1% pay rise as recommend by the independent Pay Review Body, it’s not a lot but it means a lot to everybody employed in the NHS.

We are hoping that this gets resolved before Thursdays planned action. If it does I’m sure it will be widespread in the tabloids and news reports, but I will update you all, as I can on its progress.

Kind regards

Steve Imrie

Branch Chair

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 07:59
Branch Secretary's update - 'Put back the Heart' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Sunday, 25 January 2015 21:36


I firmly believe that staff are our greatest asset; they are the heart of our Trust. 

I have written a lot last year about the need for a change in culture, and it’s hard to understand how an Ambulance Trust full of caring professionals, became an organisation that so desperately needs this change.

As staffside, sometimes it feels like we’re constantly fire fighting. There’s an underlying theme, which I believe fuels all of the ‘fires’ we’re trying to tackle; senior managers have lost sight of the fact the staff are the heart of our organisation. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 07:42
GRS removal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Sunday, 25 January 2015 17:17

A large number of staff have been in touch with us over the removal of the GRS daily posting sheet and shift advance planner. This was carried out without any consultation, explanation or notice. 

We have been informed the Trust is now looking at an opt out - and until they have explored that, access will remain restricted for all staff. 

Please take the time to fill in Adrian Clarke’s survey monkey, so we can evidence the strength of feeling around this issue, and hopefully get this resolved supportively and swiftly:


Kind regards,

Fraer Stevenson

UNISON Branch Secretary

Wellbeing Survey for Emergency Services Staff PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rowena Lewis   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:10

Dear Colleagues,

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete a survey about your wellbeing at work and please feel free to pass on to other members of the Ambulance Services.

The survey is being carried out by a charity the emergency services are working with and your answers will be used to design services to help people working in the emergency services. To avoid influencing your answers, you will be told the name of the charity at the end of the questionnaire.


Everyone who completes the survey will have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a £50 Love to Shop voucher. You can opt out of this is you prefer. The survey is being administered by SPA Future Thinking, an independent market research company that follows the Market Research Society code of conduct and fully complies with the Data Protection Act. As such, your answers will be completely confidential, and your responses will not be attributed to you – results will be reported as averages only.

If you have any problems filling in the survey please contact the project manager at SPA Future Thinking, Drew Still ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Thank you in advance for taking part in the survey.

If you have any questions about this survey please don't hesitate to get in touch with me or my colleague Jacob who's leading on this work.


Best wishes

Rowena Lewis

Blue Light Programme Manager (Interim)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:58
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