Unison Health Conference 2019
Unison Health Conference was held in Bournemouth from the 8th to 10th April this year.
A conference with Mental Health, Staff Shortages and Stress being at the forefront, as sickness
rises and individuals continue to leave the health service under a dark cloud .
The past year has seen Mental Health grow with us all being tested by the pressure of the roles
We cover on a daily basis within the Ambulance service and the wider Health service .
Motion 43 covered at the Health Conference by the Ambulance Occupational Group
What is safe staffing in ambulance services ?
This is close to us all as we struggle daily with staffing levels and the pressures of working with
Crews on the road missing , call handlers breaking under the pressure ,dispatchers stacking with no vehicles to send .
The individuals that spoke for the motion were emotional as they had seen colleagues crumble and leave unable to continue the fight ,passionate that we continued to raise the under staffing but most of all truthful of what is happening within the Ambulance service at this time .
The most important message that was taken from the conference this year was to look after each
Other always be mindful of what each and everyone of your colleagues is dealing with on a daily
basis whilst also taking care of you, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
I will be looking into the course for Mental Health First aiders which is very prominent in other
Ambulance services, it would be good to get a unison steward in all areas of the trust trained.
Report and Agenda links below