National ambulance vehicle specification for English NHS ambulance trusts

The consultation for the new National ambulance vehicle specification for English NHS ambulance trusts has now concluded. NHS Improvement have published the consultation response document that you can download here. They have also published the new national specification that you can download here.

NO to 18% Fee Rise by the HCPC

In spite of overwhelming opposition, the HCPC are proceeding with the unjustified 18% increase in fees for Paramedics and others that they regulate.  UNISON is not going away! We are seeking support from MP’s for our Early Day Motion. Speak to your Local MP and ask them to support us and sign it. We are the only union in the London Ambulance Service to oppose this unjustified increase in fees…

LAS Management Annual Leave Proposal Update

We have today received, from the LAS management, the definitive calculations of how the proposed annual leave arrangements would affect the number of leave spaces available. Please contact your Senior Sector rep for details of your group and station numbers and to ensure your feedback is noted for the proposal. We are planning to meet in the next couple of weeks to collate the full feedback and formally respond to…

Fleet Consultation

It has recently come to our attention that there are plans to move to a single national fleet model. Just to be clear, the proposed changes, subject to the consultation outcome, would come into force for any new ambulance purchased from 1 April 2019. To summarise – NHS Improvement are consulting over the standard specification for an emergency DCA. https://engage.improvement.nhs.uk/operational-productivity-comms/english-nhs-ambulance-vehicle-spec/ There is no, one vehicle manufacturer that has been mandated,…

NHS pay – UNISON response to Budget

Government announces additional funding for NHS pay In the Budget on 22 November 2017 the Chancellor confirmed additional funding could be made available for NHS pay for 2018/19. This is a marked change from Government position in previous years, where a 1% absolute cap was announced in advance and artificially constrained each pay round. However, they have also announced that additional funding will be contingent on agreement with the NHS…

Dave Lamey

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Dave Lamey, a much loved former colleague based at Croydon and a proud Senior UNISON Rep for the SW Sector for many years. Dave died in hospital this evening after a short illness. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time, especially his daughter Emma, an EAC based at St Helier, and his…

Pay Consultation

The SGE’s Agenda for Change group has considered the results of the pay consultation. Across the UK, most branches and regions responding were in favour of Option A – the earnings maximisation strategy Where branches recommended moving to a pay ballot this was based on very low turnout Health conference in April 2017 endorsed the earnings maximisation strategy. Given the results, UNISON will be working with regions and branches to…

Developing a UNISON response to HCPC 12.5% fee hike for registrants

The Health and Care Professions Council is consulting on increasing its annual registration fee from £80 to £90. This affects all 16 professions regulated by HCPC. This is an increase of 12.5% and comes hot on the heels of the 5% fee increase that took effect in April 2014. It comes during a period when registrants have suffered five years of real terms pay cuts. Please complete our Survey to…

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