Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD) in England

What is ‘Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment’? In late 2021, new regulations were agreed by parliament making it unlawful for an employer delivering CQC regulated activities, to deploy an unvaccinated worker in a face-to-face role from 1st April 2022. In the NHS, these new rules are commonly referred to as Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD). […]

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Mandatory COVID vaccination of health and care workers (England)

What is happening? The government has finished a consultation about making COVID vaccines compulsory for health and care staff in England. They intend to bring in a new law to make COVID vaccination mandatory for anyone deployed to deliver Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated activities who has direct, face-to-face contact with service users. This includes health […]

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London Ambulance Estates Strategy & Consolidation

The London Ambulance Service UNISON Branch have written to the new CEO of the London Ambulance Service regarding the service Estates Strategy and consolidation of ambulance station started at the height of the pandemic in 2020. You can download the letter here, it is also published below:   Dear Daniel, We are saddened to be […]

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Welfare of ambulance staff at risk as services face ‘unsustainable’ demand

UNISON has written to ambulance service chiefs calling for urgent support for staff as services face unprecedented 999 call volumes and unsustainable demand from the public. The letter to Daren Mochrie, chair of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), says employers must act ​now to​limit the impact on the wellbeing and morale of staff, especially those working […]

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All eyes on the PM to give health staff a decent pay rise

No more delay tactics over deserved wage rise Thousands of health workers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be looking to the Prime Minister to announce his decision on the long-awaited NHS pay rise in the coming days, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Ministers have repeatedly said they will await the recommendations of the NHS […]

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Wellbeing Day

LAS UNISON are pleased to see that the London Ambulance Service are to give ALL staff an extra days annual leave (to be called a wellbeing day), as a thank you for the work we have all done over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. LAS UNISON formally raised this with the service at […]

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One per cent pay rise “is the worst kind of insult”

The public will be horrified. NHS staff will think it’s some kind of joke Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the Department of Health and Social Care paper on workforce funding and pay – recommending a 1% pay rise for NHS staff in England – UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “No wonder the chancellor […]

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