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Post Bag December 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Pittman   
Sunday, 21 December 2014 12:13

Post Bag December 2014

Christmas is just around the corner and the sub-zero temperatures have already made an appearance. We have seen an increase in staff numbers, some from other Trusts and some new to the service in general. With this in mind I have collated the most talked about subjects into this month’s Post Bag, in no particular order of preference or importance.

Footwear: Operational members of staff are entitled to have two pairs. This is to enable them to allow them to dry out and air between shifts, which also reduces bacterial growth in the materials. Members of staff should submit a replacement request in sufficient time for the replacements to arrive before the existing ones become unusable. If footwear or other parts of uniform are removed by the Police for forensic purposes then replacements can also be requested and hastened.

Senior Paramedics and Senior Technicians: This has been well received across the Trust and forms an essential part of staff development & progress. There will be no changes to items of uniform however those members of staff that have been upgraded are entitled to have “Senior Paramedic” or “Senior Technician” on their Trust Identity Card.

Violence and Aggression: The Trust Health and Safety committee would be grateful if members of staff that have suffered violence & aggression during the course of the work, which resulted in the assailant facing charges and being sentenced or having other sanctions imposed, could inform the committee by passing details to Anne Wright or Danny Daniel.

Allocation of Calls: The Trust has issued ESOP 25 which gives directions to EOC staff in the allocation of calls to ambulance crews who have passed their meal break or shift finish time. When a crew are assigned to a call and have passed their meal break (or shift finish time) they CANNOT be assigned to another call (even of a higher category) unless the dispatcher first contacts the crew to ask if they are prepared to accept the next call.

If the crew decline the next call, they are to be left on their original call. If the crew accept the next call, they will THEN be stood down from the original call and given the next call which they may have to see through to completion including the conveyance of patient to hospital. If this call is then cancelled the crew cannot be given an additional further call or returned to the original call.

This will prevent situations whereby the crew have been stood down and expect to have their meal break (or to go home) only to be given a further call which has caused problems in the past.

Lowestoft Fire Stations: Members of staff working in the Waveney and East Suffolk areas now have an additional Response post on the north side of Lowestoft. Access is only possible if the vehicle has a Fire Service authorised key fob on the ignition key ring. No Fob? No access. Simples !

Meal Breaks: The agreement is that EOC should confirm the meal break time to crews at the start of their shift. Once this allocated time has been passed to the crew it cannot be changed by EOC unless it has first been discussed and agreed with the crew.

EOC can contact the crew and offer them the opportunity for an earlier meal break if the call volume is low; likewise if a crew are at a response post and nearing their meal break time they can contact EOC and offer to start their meal break earlier if the call volume is manageable.

Mandatory Roadworthy Checks: Unison has been working with the Trust to establish a period of protected time at the start of the shift during which the crew will not be disturbed while they carry out the Mandatory Roadworthy Checks of their vehicles.  Initial discussions agreed that a trial period of 3 months should provide sufficient evidence to support how long members of staff require to carry out these Mandatory Roadworthy Checks. Once these checks have been completed the vehicle can be considered as meeting the legal obligations at that time and the crew allocated to calls.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 December 2014 12:18
Branch Secretary Update - Richard Denman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Saturday, 20 December 2014 19:22

It's with great sadness this week that Richard Denman passed away. Richard, a Norfolk Paramedic, will be very sadly missed. My thoughts and those of the Branch Committee go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

Reading the messages on social media, it’s very moving to see how everyone is expressing their affection for Richard, and supporting each other through this difficult time. 

Please consider contributing whatever you can to Richards memorial fund:


A book of condolence has been started at Longwater, to share our memories and hopefully offer some comfort to Richard's family. Anthony Marsh is liaising with Richard’s family to help support them at this time, and also offer financial assistance.

The Trust runs a death benefits scheme, which is supported and jointly overseen by UNISON, and provides financial benefit to families or names beneficiaries, in the event of a member of staff dying.

For details of the scheme, please follow this link: http://east24/Support-services/HR/death-benefit-scheme.htm (only viewable on the intranet).

Take care,


Fraer Stevenson

UNISON Branch Secretary

East of England Ambulance Branch 20106

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 December 2014 19:27
Annual Leave Payments PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Imrie   
Saturday, 20 December 2014 00:06

Over recent weeks you would have seen numerous reports in the media around a recent decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) where a member of UNISON was successful in his dispute that paid annual leave should include commission payments if these were part of normal pay. This is referred to as the Lock Case.

This is quite a complex and unchartered area within ambulance services (well, for some time anyway), so UNISON has produced some FAQ’s to try and answer any questions you may have, which you will find below.

There is also a simplified caseform, specifically designed for lodging claims relating to this. You can access this at the following link or on our website (www.eeas-unison.com).




It is extremely important to note that you should be submitting a caseform as soon as possible to register your claims. If there is any changes in you circumstances/details as covered in the FAQ’s below then get in touch as soon as possible.

As you will also see below in the FAQ’s, UNISON has waived its 4 week joining rule. So if you wish to join, then UNISON will pick up the costs for recovering and claiming back this element of your pay. You can join at the link below.




Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local reps or a branch officer if you have any question relating to this.

Steve Imrie

UNISON Branch Chair


Last Updated on Saturday, 20 December 2014 11:51
Branch officers elections 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 14 December 2014 10:38


The Health Service Union

East of England Ambulance Branch 20106

Branch Officers Election 2015


According to Unison’s Code of Good Branch Practice (2011), the UNISON rule book requires that each branch shall elect the following core branch officers on an annual basis. This list also includes other elected roles as necessary for the effective operation of the branch, as determined by the previous AGM 2014.

  • Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Convenor
  • Casework Co-ordinator
  • Health & Safety Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • ICT Officer
  • Retired Member Secretary (elected by retired members)
  • Membership Officer
  • NES Officer
  • Equality Officer
  • Pensions Officer
  • Bedfordshire County Lead
  • Cambridgeshire County Lead
  • Essex County Lead
  • Hertfordshire County Lead
  • Norfolk County Lead
  • Suffolk County Lead
  • Environmental Officer
  • Health & Safety County Leads x 6 counties
  • Black Members’ Officer
  • Disabled Members’ Officer
  • LGBT Members’ Officer
  • Women’s Officer
  • Young Members Officer
  • Auditors x4
  • Labour Link Officer (elected by APF payers)


The acceptance of nominations for the above officer positions will commence on 13th December 2014, with a closing date of 17th January 2015. All nominees will be notified in writing and asked to confirm their participation in the election process during the week commencing 21st January 2014.

If there is more than one candidate for any position, then a vote may be conducted in accordance with the procedures and timescales contained within the Code of Good Branch Practice (2011).

All elected officer positions will be ratified (unless awaiting the result of a ballot) at the branches AGM’s, on 4th & 10th March 2015 (locations to be confirmed).


To Download the election Form please click here


Last Updated on Sunday, 14 December 2014 22:02
Black members group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:22

                                                                             EEAS Black Members Group

I am writing as your Black Members Officer to find out if you as a Black Member working for the East of England Ambulance Service

would be interested in joining a Black Members Group: if we formed a Black Members Group for you our members?

Glenn Carrington nickname the (Bear) and I  would like your views on having a Black Members Group for the East of England Ambulance Service. 


If we do form a Black Members Group:

how would you like this group to function/help you as a Black Member working for the East of England Ambulance Service.

Please get in touch with either Glenn or myself, you will find our contact numbers on the back of the Newsletter. or email us by clicking on the links below.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Anand M Pillai, Black Members Officer. 


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