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to retire soon, then you may be interested in becoming a retired member The benefits are many and just because you are no longer active in the workplace it does not […]

Luton drop in and Chicken George

On 13th May, the branch Secretary (Jess Micallef) and I attended Luton station to hold a drop in session. We were around all day speaking with members and getting to grips with issues at the station. You may have seen in the press some news about incidents at Luton and we are here to help. […]

Self isolation message from convenor

Self-Isolation Message from Convenor There have been a couple of incidents recently when individuals have come in to work despite being symptomatic of a cold / flu. This has sadly resulted in their immediate colleagues becoming infected with COVID-19. Whilst it is a managers job to check on individuals welfare and there are some measures […]

EEAST Unison activity update

EEAST Unison Activity Update There is an air of uncertainty as to when the predicted surge in C-19 cases and deaths will strike in our region, or if at all, which is sadly reflected by the lack of concern being demonstrated by the number of individuals who continue to flaunt the lockdown by ignoring the […]

PPE Update from Branch Convenor

PPE Update from Branch Convenor You are clinicians in your own right. Some of the few who are autonomous. The first thing we are taught about treating patients is about your dynamic risk assessment. Yes, we hear what some managers are saying, that not every cough and temperature is Covid-19; but would your families appreciate […]

Social distancing at work

I have been made aware that training courses are taking place and concerns have been raised that those involved (students and trainers) may not be compliant with social distancing. My first thought was that we encourage regular hand washing, no more shaking hands, high-fives or social hugging and the Trust operates a Temperature checking system […]