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…

HCPC Fees increase consultation

HCPC registrants may be interested in this public meeting on the 14th of February where the outcome of the recent consultation on an increase in fees will be discussed and recommended to be accepted! UNISON has responded to this and, along with 90% of the other respondents, disagree with this increase. Details in: HCPC Outcomes of Consultation – Download this document here Further info here You can read the response…

Fundraising for Lesley Shaw

Lesley Shaw is a Paramedic UNISON member based at Croydon for many years, who suffered a devastating stroke at her home following a night shift. The stroke has left her with life changing disabilities and a just giving fund has been setup to make essential improvements to her house and her quality of life. At the last LAS UNISON branch meeting, we agreed to donate £500 as part of a…

Band 6 Paramedic Job Description & NQP’s – Joint National Update

Ambulance national discussions – November 2017 joint update Ambulance employers, national trade unions and NHS Employers have been working closely together over recent months to progress the requirements of the national agreement on Band 6 paramedics.  Specifically, we have been working to resolve issues relating to: agreeing a fast track scheme for the Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) consolidation of learning programme: and agreeing a national Band 6 Job Description. In…

Joint Union Notice – NQP Fast Track Position Sept 2017

1 September 2017 Newly Qualified Paramedic Update In December 2016, employers and trade unions signed up to a new national agreement to move paramedics into Agenda for Change band 6. Part of this agreement was to create a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) role with the implementation date retrospectively applied to all paramedics employed after 1 September 2016. UNISON, GMB and Unite have continued to engage with employers, representing the views…

Rest Breaks & NQP Update

News from your Branch Secretary and Chair to keep you posted on a couple of things.  Along with the many, many issues our many, many brilliant reps are dealing with currently, a couple of bigger ticket issues that are taking up a lot of mine and Eddie’s time is Rest Breaks and NQP/Paramedic changes. Eddie and I have been invited to quite a few meetings with our senior management in…

Implementation of band 6 for paramedics

A Joint Partnership Working bulletin was published today detailing how Band 6 will be implemented for Paramedics in the LAS. The text of the bulletin is as follows: We are pleased to announce that following formal job evaluation, the revised London Ambulance Service Paramedic job description has now been evaluated as band 6 under the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay system. All qualifying band 5 paramedics* will assimilate to the…

New pay deal for paramedics

The role of a paramedic will be re-banded nationally, giving paramedics the opportunity to earn more as they progress. The Department of Health, NHS Employers and ambulance unions have agreed paramedics will be re-banded nationally from band 5 to band 6. This new deal will see paramedics in England move up the pay scale from band 5 to band 6 where appropriate. This is in recognition of the increasing responsibilities…

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