Confirmation around mandatory training, professional updates and travel to training.

Confirmation around mandatory training, professional updates and travel to training. The UNISON branch want to confirm to members the position around mandatory training, professional updates and travel to training away from contractual workplace. The learning and development policy https://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/Policies/hr/learning-and-development-policy.pdf is clear that any mandatory training (section 8) is done either via PU for operational staff […]

Fiat training and familiarising new work equipment.

Following the roll out and commencement of training on the new Fiat ambulances, Unison Health & Safety has received a high number of contacts raising concerns and issues relating to the variations in training which suggests a lack of consistency across the service. Before tackling the questions relating to the training it is most important […]

Update on age discrimination following changes to the NHS Pension

Update on age discrimination following changes to the NHS Pension   The government have already excepted the outcome of the McCloud and Sergeant judgment (fire-fighters and judges case) and its application to all public sector pension schemes including the NHS scheme. A statement from the nhs Business service is here:-   https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/supreme-court-ruling-mccloud-and-sargeant NHS pension scheme […]

Deployment of Ambulances To Stand-by Locations

Deployment of Ambulances To Stand-by Locations As far as Unison Health & Safety is concerns there has been no consultation, engagement, conversations or agreements of late with regard to changing the existing agreements. Other than base stations and reporting posts the only two (2) alternative locations that ambulance crews can be assigned to provide stand–by […]

Branch Secretary update – SEMT and Senior Paramedic Pay progression

Following an issue raised over incremental pay, the Trust has today confirmed (31st October 2019) that Senior EMTs and Senior Paramedics will progress to the top of their banding, in keeping with the National guidance from NHS Employers. 6.19 I work for a trust where a local agreement caps my pay at a particular pay […]

Unison secures pay boost for advanced Paramedics

UNISON secures pay boost for advanced paramedics Advanced paramedics at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) will enjoy a pay rise worth thousands of pounds thanks to the hard work of local UNISON reps. They will move up a band in the pay scales following an agreement with the Trust which also means […]

Retired Membership

Retired Membership If you are coming up towards retirement you can apply to become a lifetime retired member of our branch. There is normally a one off payment of £15.00 for retired membership; however our branch has decided to fund this payment for any of our retiring members It should be noted that the lifetime […]

Retired members conference October 2019

RETIRED MEMBERS CONFERENCE 2/October/2019 – Southport   Section ONE – Prioritised Motions MOTION 7 – NATIONAL INSURANCE AND THE STATE PENSION This was an appeal for fairness in the State Pension arrangements.   The Government must be pressed to increase the minimum State Pension for all to the level of the minimum income standard given […]

Fiat Emergency Ambulance Mandatory Training

Fiat Emergency Ambulance – Mandatory Training Unison Health & Safety has been contacted by a number of employees with concerns relating to the lack of consistency and variations in the training being provided on the new Fiat ambulances. Concerns that have been raised include a number of employees in some areas only receiving a total […]

Health & Safety Postbag September 2019

Health & Safety Postbag – September 2019 Concerns have been raised that high numbers of road staff are failing to complete the VDI checklists at the start of their shifts or at later stages of the shift when time allows. These checklists form the basis of vehicle audits and should be completed. If not completed […]