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Nomination of UNISON branch Chair election.

Nomination of UNISON branch Chair election.   Thanks to all UNISON members in the EEAST branch that voted in the branch election prior to the 2020 branch AGM. The post of branch chair was elected by member ballot that closed at 5pm on Friday 28th February 2020. Following the count of the votes Mike Hill […]

Health and Safety Committee Update

Latest news from the H&S committee

Drivers responsibilities

Drivers Responsibilities   The Mandatory Roadworthy Checks (MRCs) are what the drivers of vehicles in the UK are legally required to carry out before they take their vehicle onto the highway. The Vehicles Daily Inspections (VDIs) are the corporate checks that employers require their employees to carryout in order to confirm that the vehicle has […]

NHS Ambulance Services Body Worn Camera Trials

NHS Ambulance Services Body Worn Camera Trials On Tuesday 28 January I attended a seminar in London on the Trial of Body Worn Cameras hosted by the NHS in conjunction with Rand Europe who are based in Cambridge and who will be carrying out the evaluation of the Trials. In June 2018, the Secretary of […]

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 in order to provide stand-by cover are Response Posts […]

Are You Dying to Work Nights

Are You Dying to Work Nights As employees who work to a variety of shift patterns and Rotas, we all know the negative impact shift work can have, especially those staff working relief. Working shifts including nights has the potential to affect our physical and mental health and can also come at a personal emotional […]

PTS Stretcher guidance

Patient transport service staff (PTS) It has been brought to our attention within UNISON that some controllers have requested walking patients or escorts use the stretcher as a seat when they have no clinical need. Further there have been reports that members of staff have been asked to use the stretcher in order to increase […]

Meal break guidance for PTS Staff

Please see the guidance for patient transport service staff who have questioned their meal breaks. UNISONS position is that all staff should be getting a break and the best way to do this is organise this with control. For information 1. There is no pts meal break policy within the trust. 2. There is a […]

Health & Safety postbag January 2020

Health & Safety Post Bag – January 2020 The new Skoda Scout RRV’s should be rolling out by now and the specification includes several changes and improvements. The base vehicle comes with Lane Deviation Warning, Driver Fatigue Monitor and Auto-Braking as standard features. Behind the driver’s seat is dedicated cage for PPE and also an […]