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.

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,…

Annex 5 (E) and Section 2 Unsocial Hours payments

Under the terms of the national NHS pay deal, ambulance staff employed prior to 1 September 2018 are subject to Annex 5 (previously Annex E) unsocial hours provisions. Ambulance staff employed from 1 September 2018 and existing staff who change roles (including promotion) will be subject to Section 2. Staff employed before 1 September 2018 are being given the opportunity to voluntarily move to section 2 (England) provisions. Further information…

Celebrate and defend the NHS at 70

This year the NHS is 70 years old and that’s something worth celebrating! UNISON is proud to represent and celebrate the whole team of staff who work in the NHS. As the largest union in the NHS, we also know that there has never been a more important time for us to stand together and defend our health service against the policies of this government. That’s why we are asking…

Pay rise for NHS staff in England

Members vote overwhelmingly in favour of three year deal UNISON members working for the NHS in England have voted overwhelmingly to accept a three year pay deal and changes to the NHS pay structure negotiated by UNISON and the other 13 NHS unions. All 14 NHS unions have been consulting their members on pay and have today (Friday) collectively endorsed this deal which has been overwhelmingly supported by NHS staff….

Inside the NHS’s winter crisis

The nation is in panic over the so-called ‘winter crisis’ in the NHS. But according to paramedic and LAS UNISON member Jason Anderson, such pressures have become “the norm” for health staff on the frontline Among the procedural messages that paramedic Jason Anderson and his ambulance colleagues receive on their onboard computers as they drive through London, one particular request from hospitals is becoming more and more frequent: Extreme pressure…