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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!


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

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.’

After going through a very difficult period of negotiations with the Trust to avoid industrial action, a pilot of IX and changes to the calls crews can go to in their interruptible period of meal breaks was introduced in August 2016. The changes went Trust wide in October 2016.


In April a UNISON supported collective grievance from student Paramedics was submitted over Annex U and student delays.The annex U issue has been resolved and students have been refunded.

The second part of the grievance has been delayed and the Trust has made a number of promises  about dates when decisions will be made – it’s UNISONs view, after discussions with some of our student members, that we need to start campaigning on this issue.

Open letter to the Chief Executive, East of England Ambulance Service

Student Paramedics raised a collective grievance in April 2016. The grievance aimed to provide us with pay parity and address the financial detriment caused by delays to our training.

Nationally a new band 6 Paramedic profile has recently been released and alongside this there is a national profile planned for a band 5 ‘newly qualified Paramedic’ (NQP) role. The guidance put out by NHS employers over the NQP role states there will be a development period for newly qualified Paramedics to be in band 5, prior to going into band 6:

“these new entrant programmes will ordinarily be for a period of 24 months and conditional upon individuals demonstrating they have the requisite knowledge, skills/competencies for their role and that they have demonstrated the required level of performance and delivery during the programme period, as determined locally.”