Wearing of face masks in DSA cabs

  Unison EEAST Branch Statement  –  Wearing of Face Masks in DSA Cabs.   08/08/2020   Members Trust-wide have voiced their concerns to Unison that the Trust has issued an instruction that facemasks are ‘mandatory’ and ‘must’ be worn when double staffed in the cab of an ambulance or RRV. One locality has threatened its staff with disciplinary […]

Bedford recruitment

Over the last few months there has been a huge amount of recruitment across the Trust. Today our Secretary, Treasurer and Education Officer (Jess, Hugo and Zoe) spent the day in Bedford AOC, recruiting a number of new staff. We brought sandwiches snacks and goodie bags to entice new members and reward existing ones alike. […]

Health and safety postbag July 2020

Health & Safety Postbag July 2020 FIAT DSA: Following the roll out of the new Fiat DSA and feedback from members it was acknowledged that a number of adjustments and amendments were required. Crew Cab Seats: An issue surfaced in respect of adjusting the seating position in the crew cab to meet the needs of […]

Making contact with your safety representative

Making Contact With Your Safety Representative There have been a number of times when concerns raised by members on a variety of subjects have not contained sufficient or adequate information to enable safety representatives to take the matters up with the employer in a timely manner. For example: ” this equipment is dangerous” is a […]

Is Work Effecting Your Hearing

Is Your Work Affecting Your Hearing? Do you work in an area where the noise is intrusive like a crowded restaurant or entertainment venue for most of the day? Do you have to raise your voice to have a normal conversation for part of the day? Do you use noisy powered tools for more than […]

Display Screen Equipment

          Display Screen Equipment With the transformation from paper documentation to electronic devises and in line with the Lord Carter Report a case was presented to the Trust Health & safety Committee in June 2019 for ambulance crews to be recognised as Display Screen Equipment users. The recent changes have included: Removal of paper report […]

Shift Worker Health Checks

          Shift Worker Health Checks There is no specific definition of shift work in law, but it usually means work activity that is scheduled outside of standard daytime hours, where there may be a handover of duty from one individual or work group to another; a pattern of work where one employee replaces another on […]

Stand-By Facilities and Deployments

Stand-By Facilities and Deployments In light of recent events it would appear necessary to clarify the current Trust-wide agreement in respect of stand-by locations which ambulance crews might be sent to. There are basically 3 types of stand-by facility jointly agreed by the Trust and Unison for inclusion within the ambulance deployment plan: Dynamic Activation […]

Fiat Driver Assessment Meeting

Fiat Driver Assessment Meeting 23 June 2020 A meeting was held at Newmarket ambulance station to provide an oversight to a number of LOMS in respect of the difficulties being experienced by ambulance clinicians. The issues involve the drivers seating position and in particular (1) the lack of head support and clearance due to the […]

Retired Members

ARE YOU RETIRED OR DUE TO RETIRE IN THE NEAR FUTURE? If you are a member of Unison and have retired or are due to retire soon, then you may be interested in becoming a retired member The benefits are many and just because you are no longer active in the workplace it does not […]