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 […]

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 […]

New Fiat training survey

New Fiat Training Survey   The EEAST UNISON branch have produced a survey to capture information and confirm how the training for the use of the New Fiat Ambulances has been delivered.   Please go to the survey here. This survey will close on 14th Feb 2020.   Following the roll out of the new […]

Fiat Ambulance Emergency Lights and Sirens

Fiat Ambulance Emergency Lights and Sirens Concerns have been raised about the visual and audible warnings that have been included in the specification for the new Fiat ambulance, in particular relating to the type of emergency blue lights and the siren which is manufactured by a different company to the one installed on the Mercedes […]

December 2019 Newsletter

We’re going on the front foot – a message from Jess Micallef It was great to see so many reps turn up for our December activist forum, all committed to getting stuck in, building UNISON and standing up for East of England Ambulance Service employees. UNISON national ambulance officer Colm Porter joined us to talk […]