Important update for all senior Paramedic Members

UNISON did not agree to the job description the Trust recently sent to all Senior Paramedics.

In order to protect your terms and conditions, we‘re advising all Mentor and Clinical Senior Paramedics who received a

NQPs and Student Paramedics – Band 6 consultation

Following on from the UNISON supported collective grievance and our concerns over band 6 progression – including the delays to the Student Paramedic training – we have reached a negotiated proposal over band 6 progression with the Trust, which we now need to consult affected members on.

If the majority of affected members support the proposal, UNISON will enter into

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

need to consult with affected UNISON members.

Please can all Student Paramedic, NQP and Graduate Paramedic members check we have a correct email address for you. Ideally not a work email address – as the Trust firewall sometimes causes problems.

You can update your email address by logging into your details on the national UNISON website (, or by calling UNISON direct on 0800 0857 857.

Kind regards,

Fraer Stevenson
UNISON Branch Secretary



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. 

The Trust has not responded to our written concerns. 

We’re asking all front-line staff to please fill in this survey: 

We will share the information you give us details directly with the HSE and the CQC - as we feel the Trust is not listening. We will also take your views into account around furthering our dispute. 

The meal break changes we’re concerned about include:

Keeping crews available while they’re en-route to their meal break;

Removing the fixed meal point and moving to a ‘target rest break time;’ 

Standing crews down at the start or end of the meal break window;

Not allowing crews to pick up food en-route to their breaks;

Removal of the cross border protection to return crews to their area for their break. 

UNISON is not in agreement for the above meal break changes to take place. 



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:



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



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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!