Menopause survey

Please contribute your time to take part in this survey. It will be supporting evidence in the review of trust policy HR022 Managing Attendance and for the implementation of a Menopause Policy. Did you know? A woman is said to be post menopause once she has not had a menstrual period for twelve consecutive months during the transition into the menopause. The transition period, known as perimenopause, is the time…

Skill Mix Changes Update

“Last week we had an update to the ongoing arrangement that has temporarily changed the skill mix of how the LAS deploy NQPs, a bulletin has now been released to describe the final arrangement and the following is our final response to the changes and the mitigation given by the LAS management of the issues we raised: Morning Pauline, Thank you for your response on these issues. Whilst we still…

Skill Mix Changes

It has been reported to our reps that our NQP members have had a change in how they are deployed and the skill mix they work to as part of a winter pressures plan. We have this morning written to the management for clarification of this. (Full text of letter below) If correct we will express our concern over the reduction in support this will provide for our NQP members…

Emergency Services Show 2019

Last month, LAS UNISON Branch Health & Safety Officer Paul Stewart and Branch Communications Officer Rob Sydney travelled up to Birmingham to visit the Emergency Services Show. On display at this year’s show were over 300 manufacturers and suppliers with a wide range of vehicles and equipment for all emergency services. However, there was one particular vehicle we were keen to see. The new National Ambulance Specification vehicle. Despite objections…

UNISON response to the introduction of National ambulance vehicle specification for English NHS ambulance trusts

On 1 April 2019, NHS Improvement introduced new national ambulance vehicle specifications and all new ambulances purchased need to be in line with these. More information on the specifications can be found here. UNISON recognises that there is too much variation between ambulance vehicles in the English ambulance services and a more joined up approach would be beneficial to the NHS. However, we are concerned that as part of the…

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.

LAS UNISON response to Annual Leave Proposal

Today LAS UNISON have formally responded to the proposal on annual leave arrangements made in January by the LAS management. As expected, we have, as a Branch, rejected the proposal. We recognise that the arrangements reflect a marked reduction in the working conditions for our frontline members and through consultation with members by our elected reps across the service we also recognise the huge strength of feeling from members against…

LAS EMT4 Management Proposal Update

LAS UNISON have today responded to the EMT4 management proposal.  We have consulted through our workplace rep and senior sector rep network across the LAS and the attached letter (below) highlights the issues we recognise as a result. We look forward to the alterations to the proposal and welcome the implementation of the final arrangement as a really positive step forward for our EMT members and for the career progression…

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