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Bases, Response Posts and DAP’s PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Pittman   
Sunday, 01 March 2015 20:04

Health & Safety Update

Bases, Response Posts and DAP’s

Over the past few months we have seen an increase in staff of varying skill levels and clinical grades. Some have transferred in from other ambulance services while others have been external recruits or internal career developers. At the same time the service has continued to experience high call volumes and the added pressures that this brings. With the increase in staff and the influx of new ambulances the picture is beginning to look better, but the size of our region and the needs of the public remain the same. With all this in mind I take this opportunity to highlight a few areas and remind staff about what should be in place.

All members of staff should be in possession of a full uniform and this includes epaulettes showing their clinical grades. Operational members of staff are entitled to have 2 pairs of footwear provided and this allows for them to naturally dry out in between shifts. They should also be provided with a full set of PPE relevant to their operational role.

The maintenance and upkeep of all Trusts buildings falls within the remit of the Estates department and ANY member of staff that becomes aware of damage, faults or maintenance issues can send an email to the estates department responsible for that building. This ensures a swifter response and gets repairs carried out sooner rather than later.

All members of staff are required to undergo training in any new process or with any new equipment that they have not previously been trained on. This is to ensure that everyone is able to safely use the equipment, protects your crew partners, patients and the general public. If, during the course of your duty, you become aware of faulty or defective equipment, are injured by equipment or are involved in an adverse incident, you should raise a DATIX report either on the intranet or by calling the single Point Of Contact (SPOC). The Datix system is the method used by the Trust for auditing incidents and if the Datix is not raised the data becomes incomplete and potentially unreliable.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 20:04
Nominate your UNISON representative for a national award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Friday, 27 February 2015 19:30

We have a large number of dedicated and hardworking representatives that have chosen to try and make a difference in your workplace. 

Due to the nature of casework, the work of representatives is often not widely known, although they make a huge difference to the staff they support. This is your opportunity to see them recognised for the work they do on your behalf.

Your Branch Committee would like you to consider nominating a representative for the Mallinson–Dunn trophy. The closing dates for nominations is Friday 10 April 2015.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 19:56
Health & Safety Postbag February 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Pittman   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 22:31

Health & Safety Postbag

February 2015

Over the past three years a lot of my time has been taken up with issues and concerns in respect of ambulance crew safety.  My work has mainly been focused upon the impact of our crews as a result of:

  • The increase in 999 emergency calls
  • Pressures to meet “motoring” targets as opposed to clinical outcomes
  • Pressures to meet hospital turnaround times
  • Pressures of not being able to ensure the vehicles are checked at shift starts
  • Pressures of General Broadcasts reminding crews of outstanding RED calls
  • Pressures, pressures, pressures.

This may give the incorrect impression that my work has been solely focused on frontline crews. This is not so. I have visited many localities, met with staff and questioned them about their work environment and any issues which they may have been experiencing. From the responses I received it became clear that pressures from above are forced downwards, through the work force until they finally end up impacting on the road crews.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 08:19
Protected time for VDIs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 21:00

From Monday 16th February, the Trust will be implementing 15 minutes protected time for VDIs: http://ntk.eastamb.nhs.uk/news/protected-time-agreed-for-vehicle-checks.htm

Time to complete these checks is a legal requirement, and the pre response checks also include learning from SIs.

There were a few areas around the VDI checks that we were not able to reach full agreement over with the Trust. We will continue to monitor these areas, with a view to asking for further changes, as necessary.

A high percentage of the patient facing staff that took part in our #putbacktheheart survey so far, told us the lack of time to complete VDIs causes them high levels of stress.

Change means doing things differently, and culture change has to start with positive action.

The results from our survey will help us evidence the need for change - It's not too late to have your say, so please take a minute to complete our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BNTH01

You can read more about the campaign here: http://www.eeas-unison.com/index.php/secretarys-section/458-branch-secretary-update

Please also follow the campaign on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/putbacktheheart & help to put staff back at the Heart of our Ambulance Trust!

Kind regards,


Fraer Stevenson
UNISON Branch Secretary
East of England Ambulance Branch 20106

Twitter: @fraerstevenson #putbacktheheart

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 22:33
Our Lost Colleague PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Imrie   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:18

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:20
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