Calling all Student Paramedics, NQPs and Graduate Paramedics…

Following recent negotiations between UNISON and the Trust over transitional arrangements in relation to band 6 progression for the above staff, as well as over the delays to the Student Paramedic pathway, we now

Working time directive and meal break changes for front-line staff.

On Thursday last week we raised with the Trust that some of the meal break changes they are planning to pilot from 12th July breach the working time directive and are likely to negatively impact on staff. 

UNISON has been informed that the cover on the staff support desk has been reduced to save money - and since then, we have seen increased numbers of staff getting in touch about late finishes and the lack of support.

The Trust committed to moving the incremental pilot over late finishes forwards and set out in writing the move to IX zero, which would have incorporated more crews. This commitment appears to have stalled.

Please can you fill in this survey to help us to challenge the Trust and act on your feedback:

A complete update of the journey so far around late finishes/meal breaks is being published in our next newsletter.

Kind regards,

Fraer Stevenson

UNISON Branch Secretary

Survey from MIND


Last year MIND undertook a national survey of the emergency services to gauge awareness of

mental health issues, wellbeing, and to enable MIND to plan support.


MIND are now running a further survey for all staff and volunteers in the emergency services. 


Please take a couple of minutes to complete the survey provided by MIND. 


All responses are anonymous and the survey will be open for 4 weeks:

MIND and UNISON collaborate to offer free training to improve mental health



The first of a series of free workshops planned: STOP Suicide workshops


20th April at the Cambridge Development Centre 13:00 - 16:30

2nd May at HQ, Melbourn 13:00 - 16:30

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This months edition includes..

UNISON’s May Branch Newsletter is out now, featuring: 

It’s dangerous to go Solo,

Become a Blue Light Champion – join the growing number of staff offering peer to peer support,

Patient Transport Services – a report into privatisation,

UNISON tweets,

Late finishes and rest periods,

UNISON launches ‘Mental Health matters,’

PBTH update,

FOCUS on retention,

Branch contact details,

Holiday pay update and much more!


by NTK this week (2nd March) includes an article from the Director of Service Delivery stating, NTK this week (2nd March) includes an article from the Director of Service Delivery stating, 

NTK this week (2nd March) includes an article from the Director of Service Delivery stating, ‘the handover to clear element also has a 15 minute target and that is the expectation on every one of us.’