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NHS PAY INFORMATION.
So it turns out that private health care providers offering cheap bids for public services can't deliver the quality needed by the NHS.
UNISON continues to support members who work for the troubled company Vocare.
Step up for public services on 12 May!
The TUC has called a national demonstration on Saturday 12 May in London. This is going to be a key moment in the continued fight for public services. We'll show decision-makers we're concerned for the public services we love – and the public are on our side. We'll be marching under the banner 'Step up for Public Services'.
This march is set to be a big one. UNISON, the TUC and other unions are putting considerable support behind it. Yo...u and your members will join thousands of like-minded people.
It's a march with a serious message, now is the time to talk to members and get them signed up. We need all regions, branches and the membership to step up for public services on 12 May.
If you are interested in attending please let us know so transport can be sought to attend this event!
Operational Re-Structure Update
As you may have seen on Friday, UNISON submitted its response to the proposed changes to our current operational structure.
This response was based on the thoughts and concerns of our members throughout the trust area and was intended to convey the valued opinions of those most affected. Whilst this has now been submitted and further discussions will take place in line with the timeline set out we should also recognise feedback given to UNISON ...by our members following Fridays letter.
In the letter to SWASFT, UNISON made reference to a lack of consultation prior to launch and sought to engage in greater discussion to bring about an alternative range of solutions moving forward. However, we should recognise that part of true consultation should also include a response from SWASFT to our members concerns prior to public criticism, which a number of members have noted and we would reassure them that we are awaiting (and remain positive that there will be) a response from the trust paving the way for greater dialogue moving forward. We will maintain internal communications with the parties affected and provide updates online as and when appropriate.
UNISONs primary focus remains a commitment to working with our members to shape and create a plan that is both viable for the delivery of the service but most importantly those delivering it.
🚨 NHS PAY 🚨 A story has appeared in the press today about an impending pay deal for NHS staff. UNISON has been leading these pay talks since December and yes, we are very close to a final position which we can put to our members for consideration. However, the details in the article are incomplete, unconfirmed and inaccurate in part. [ 140 more words ]
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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 http://www.nhsemployers.org/…/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.
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.
The ambulance service and its workforce face specific challenges and unique circumstances within the health and care system.
This new resource - http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-work…/…/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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0207 121 5466.
Thanks so much. We look forward to hearing from you!
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 email@example.com or visit www.nhsemployers.org/maryseacole.
The application period will be opening on 1 February 2018 and closing on 5 May 2018.
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