Here is yesterday's BBC news with our branch Vice Chair.

One of the key factors affecting whether we feel engaged at work is the degree to which we feel valued and recognised by the organisation we work for and the people we work with.

Recognising staff for their work can take many forms; from a thank-you card or email from the chief executive, to an item in the staff newsletter, right through to a formal awards ceremony delivered in partnership with other trusts.

Have a look at…/ambulan…/recognition-and-value to see some key things to think about that can help to create a supportive culture that recognises and engages staff, sustains morale during periods of greater pressure and in turn helps to reduce turnover.

Learn why value and recognition are so important to developing the right culture in your organisation

Check out "head first", NHS Employers' free mental wellness resource designed for the ambulance service in partnership with UNISON.

One in four people experience a mental health problem each year. Research indicates that 91 per cent of ambulance staff have experienced stress, low mood or anxiety while working in the service.

Making the ambulance service a place that promotes positive mental wellbeing is the responsibility of us all. At NHS Employers, we’re committed to norma...lising and encouraging the mental health discussion. We know that support and reliable information can make a real difference, so head first has been developed in partnership with staff, employers and experts in mental and emotional wellbeing.

This resource is organised into themed sections to support mental wellness, resilience and recovery. Whether you’re looking for selfcare, to find out how you can support a colleague or wish to find out more for your organisation, the head first tool is a great place to start.

Throughout this resource when we refer to mental health we’re talking about your overall mental wellbeing, so how you think, feel and behave.…/ambulance-workforce/head-first

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Head first is a free mental wellness resource designed for the ambulance service

The ambulance service and its workforce face specific challenges and unique circumstances within the health and care system.

This new resource -…/…/ambulance-workforce - for the ambulance workforce aims to develop organisational cultures that promote higher levels of morale, motivation, staff satisfaction, wellbeing and engagement, to improve the working lives of all staff in the ambulance service and, ultimately, help to deliver the best... possible patient care.

Developed in partnership with employers, trade unions and NHS Employers and supported by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) and the National Ambulance Strategic Partnership Forum (NASPF) which is jointly chaired by UNISON.

“Improving the health and wellbeing of ambulance staff is one of the most urgent and pressing issues facing employers and trade unions. By working together in partnership we can explore options for making changes to help staff stay well at work and support them when they are not. The NASPF has led this piece of work because we can and must do more for our staff.”
Ken Wenman, Chief Executive, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust; Alan Lofthouse, UNISON National Ambulance Officer, Joint Chairs of the NASPF

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These pages bring together examples of effective workforce practice which will help improve the morale, motivation, engagement, productivity and efficency of our ambulance service

UNISON's press team is looking for parents who work in the NHS, schools, local government and police forces, who would be happy to talk to journalists about how government restrictions on their pay and cuts to in-work benefits have made life financially tough for their families.

It's to illustrate a TUC story that suggests that one in seven children whose parent (or parents) work in the public sector will be living in poverty by April. To qualify as a case study you don't ne...ed to be on the breadline, just happy to talk about how your wages don't stretch as far as they used to, and how it can be a struggle to get through the month.

For this story, you would need to be prepared to be filmed or quoted, you couldn't be anonymous.

Most media outlets are keen to speak to people today, and then either film them today or tomorrow. If this is something you think you'd like to do, please get in touch with Liz or Charlotte in the media team. Either email us or call on 0207 121 5466.

Thanks so much. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Mary Seacole Awards 2018-19

Are you a nurse working for SWAST?

Applications are invited from individual nurses, midwives and health visitors in England to participate in the prestigious Mary Seacole Awards for 2018-19.


These awards, currently funded by Health Education England, provide the opportunity to undertake a specific health care project that benefits and improves the health outcomes of people from black and minority ethnic communities and contributes to your personal development.

The Mary Seacole Award is a highly esteemed award nationally, which offers a unique opportunity for healthcare workers to undertake a project, educational or development activity that benefits and improves the health outcomes of people from BME communities. Healthcare workers from all ethnic cultures and backgrounds have the opportunity to undertake the award.
This is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to the health outcomes of BME people and for individual development. If you are interested, do take time to have a look at the information on
the NHS Employers website link below.

To apply and for more information: email or visit

The application period will be opening on 1 February 2018 and closing on 5 May 2018.

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We did it in Southmead - we can do it in Gloucestershire!

Let's show the Trust governors how many people want to keep the NHS together, in public hands, with one team for looking after people

Wed 4:30 PM UTCSandford Education CentreCheltenham, United Kingdom
91 people interested

We are running a snapshot survey to get members’ views on our pay claim and NHS pay. Individual links have been sent directly to members by email, but members can access the survey here:

In December we sent an update on NHS pay to all health branches, including a member-facing update on pay talks and the parallel NHS PRB round. To keep members informed and engaged we are running a snapshot survey to get members’ views on our pay claim. All UNISO...N members in health who have an up-to-date email address have been sent the survey link directly.

Branches can also signpost members to the survey directly by using this link: Members will need their membership number or National Insurance number to log in.

Branches should encourage members to fill in the survey and to update their membership details so we have email addresses for as many people as possible.

More information on what we are doing on NHS pay can be found on our website:…/pay-up-now-for-the-nhs, including UNISON’s evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (pdf).

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In September UNISON, along with the other NHS trade unions, submitted a claim for a pay award that matches inflation plus an extra £800 for all staff. We also asked the government for extra funding so we can change the NHS pay system to make it better and fairer.

UNISON has met with MPs to raise concerns about the creation of wholly owned subsidiaries, and find ways to work jointly to tackle this threat of backdoor privatisation, to members and the NHS.

UNISON remains committed to raising awareness about the creation of wholly owned subsidiaries and the damaging effect they can have on the NHS. We have created a dedicated page (…/…/wholly-owned-subsidiaries-nhs/) where you can find out more about the key iss...ues. UNISON is calling on Government to take a stand and stop anymore new wholly owned subsidiary companies from being created.

Last month, we organised a well attended meeting for Labour MPs where we provided updates and outlined our concerns about the creation of these companies. We also discussed how they can negatively affect our members, their terms and conditions, and the NHS. We recognise that the creation of
these companies vary across the country so also discussed local issues, and came up with joint actions to tackle the growing threat.

An Early Day Motion – EDM 802 – has been tabled and we are now encouraging other MPs of all parties to sign up to this. (

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The NHS continues to face unprecedented financial pressures. Some trusts are seeking to save money by creating wholly owned subsidiary companies to deliver

UNISON health and safety reps “go beyond the call of duty,” general secretary Dave Prentis declared at the union’s Safety Rep of the Year awards.

The awards ceremony at #UNISON Centre in London brought together health and safety reps from across the country.

The event also celebrated the positive difference 40 years of safety reps have made to ordinary people’s working lives.


“Our safety reps go beyond the call of duty to keep themselves, fellow members and the workplace as a whole safer,” said Mr Prentis.“And they should be commended for that.”

Margaret Davis from Eastern region and UNISON SWAAHB - South Western Ambulance & Allied Health Branch's Adrian House from Unison South West region were the two safety reps of the year in recognition if their “outstanding contribution to promoting health and safety at work”.

They were among 12 regional winners in all, who were all praised for excellent health and safety campaigns or contributions to keeping members safe at work.

Speaking as one of those 12, before last night’s award, Ms Davis said: “This has been a total surprise to me.

“I always consider health and safety to be important and continually strive to improve safety for all employees within our organisation.”

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Margaret Davis and Adrian House named UNISON safety reps of the year

Message from Emily Thornberry:

Last week in Parliament I pointed out that while I am the first Emily to be elected to the House of Commons, there have been 151 Davids.

But how many people with your name have been elected to Parliament?


Out of the 5,108 MPs elected in the last 100 years — how many had your name?

How Commons is my name?…/453…/2a7265f/3872935766/VEsE/

We want to see wider representation. We have more female MPs in Parliament than all the other parties combined, and we are the Party that will continue to represent the many and not the few.

Find out how well represented your name is, and what your next step should be.

Emily Thornberry
Shadow Foreign Secretary and the only Emily ever elected to Parliament

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It’s been 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed – but are all people actually represented yet?

Forget Valentine's Day - who needs a rose from a garage and conspicuous couples-only dining – next week is the annual celebration of all things union. Yes, it's heart unions week.

The union movement is often up against it – an austerity-obsessed government, cuts and the Daily Mail – but we think there's plenty to love about the biggest voluntary movement in the country.

Find out more here and use #heartunions and #payupnow! on that there social media to spread the word. ...
Love you all!

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Heart UNISON 2018 provides the perfect opportunity to win support for a public sector pay rise and get people involved in our #PayUpNow! campaign.

UNISON South Western Ambulance & Allied Health Branch AGM

Date: Thursday, 8th March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00
Venue: Meeting Room, Bournemouth Ambulance Station, 42 Portchester Road, Bournemouth BH8 8LE


All members are welcome to attend.
Please send all agenda items to Charlotte Worthington, Branch Administrator.

Thank you.

Charlotte Worthington
Branch Administrator

On Behalf of UNISON

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Really pleased to be at Unison Women’s Conference with the amazing Clare Lunk, SW female , SWAAHB Rep and motivated determined and organised beyond the final dot, respect to this sister

NHS pay - we'd like to hear from yo

This is just a quick message to update you on where we are with your pay.

In September #UNISON, along with the other NHS trade unions, submitted a claim for a pay award that matches inflation plus an extra £800 for all staff.


We also asked the government for extra funding so we can change the #NHS pay system to make it better and fairer.

As a result we are now in detailed talks with employers and government. So we thought this would be the perfect time to ask for your views about our pay claim and how you think you might be able to help us get the pay you deserve.

Would you take just two minutes of your time to fill in a survey so we know what is important to about your pay.

We are continuing to negotiate with Government and employers on a range of issues including ending low pay, improving starting salaries, removing overlaps between pay bands and making it quicker for you to get to the top of your band.

These talks are ongoing and complex and we still have some way to go until we know if they will succeed. If they do, we will seek your views on the outcome of the talks before anything is agreed.

In the meantime, we want to be clear about how you feel as this will help us in ongoing negotiations.

So, please, take two minutes of your time to fill in our survey. We really need to know what you think:

Yours sincerely,

Sara Gorton

Head of Health

PS: If you want more information about our pay claim you can find out more on our website.

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Information you provide us will be used for analytical and planning purposes. The information will only be stored for as long as UNISON needs it to inform our work on NHS pay. No information that could identify you will be shared outside the small group of staff who will compile the results.

Yesterday our delegates at UNISON Women’s Conference, Michelle-Louise Goodman and Clare Lunk Out went out early in the morning in Liverpool informing the public about the Save Our NHS Demo.


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