LAS UNISON wins award for securing qualifications for staff

London Ambulance Service UNISON has won an award at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) annual Excellence Awards for the work they have done on helping members secure the qualifications they need to apply for the service apprenticeship courses. UNISON have worked hard to support those staff who want to undergo the apprenticeship courses that the Service offers, but do not have or could not find…

Annual General Meeting

This years LAS UNISON Branch AGM will be held @ 18.00 On TUESDAY 24th MARCH 2020 At the UNISON Centre 130 Euston Road London, NW1 2AY The UNISON Centre is on the Euston road in between Kings Cross & Euston stations. All LAS UNISON Members are invited to attend. Fares can only be claimed with a valid receipt. Buffet available after meeting. Please note: the meeting starts at 18:00 so please arrive…

The latest from the pension age discrimination ruling

Recent declarations at Employment Tribunals, following a court ruling that found the public sector pension protections to be discriminatory, are set to have implications across the public sector including the NHS. In December 2018 it was determined that the transitional protections introduced as part of the 2015 changes to the judges’ and fire fighters’ pension schemes were discriminatory based on age. The matter was passed onto Employment Tribunals to determine…

UPDATE YOUR DETAILS PRIZE DRAW – Results

The draw took place on Friday 13th December 2019 at our branch meeting. The winners are: Samantha Canning – Paramedic – Hanwell David Morphew – ECH – Bow EOC Andrew Weekes – Paramedic – Hanwell Lukasz Klucznik – VRC Bow Each person has won a £250 gift card to use at Croyde Bay and we will be in touch this week to arrange getting it to you. Thank you to…

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…

NHSE reviewing patient transport contracting after string of failures

NHS England has ordered a review into the cost of patient transport services and the way they are commissioned, following a string of market failures. Simon Stevens last week told the Healthwatch annual conference in Birmingham that the probe, expected to last a year, would act on concerns raised by patients. Clinical commissioning groups commission the bulk of non-emergency patient transport, with trusts sometimes organising extra capacity. However, many CCGs…

NHS Pension Scheme

NHS Pension Scheme – Age discrimination judgement A legal case taken by the firefighters and judges has found that the transitional protections introduced as part of the 2015 changes to their respective pension schemes were discriminatory based on age. There is a likely read across of this judgement to the other public sector pension schemes, which includes the NHS Pension Scheme, that have similar protection arrangements. In the NHS if…

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