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.

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.


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.

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.”

All UNISON Officers and Representatives are elected annually by the membership. 



Details of your Officers and Representatives for the year ahead are confirmed at the AGM, which will take place on 22nd February 2017. Venue to be confirmed.


To download an election form for an Officer role - please click here. 


If you’d like to stand as a workplace representative, please speak to your county lead representative, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. 

UNISON has commissioned an independent consultancy to review bullying, harassment, discrimination and casework in the East of England Ambulance Service. 


The consultancy guarantees that no one who participants in the review will be identified either by name or by incident. They are interested in looking at themes and patterns and this is how they will be reporting.


Please complete the short survey:


As well as a survey, there is also the opportunity for confidential 1-2-1 meetings in person - at our UNISON offices in Chelmsford and Bury St Edmunds, or via phone - please contact the consultancy direct via


The review will run until 6th January. 


You can find further details on our blog:


Kind regards,

Fraer Stevenson

UNISON Branch Secretary 

East of England Ambulance ServiceBull

It's with great sadness we share the news that Eric Roberts, UNISON President and Branch Secretary of LAS, has passed away.


Our thoughts and hearts go out to Eric’s family and friends at this very sad time. 


Rest in peace lovely Eric xx


Remembering Eric - General Secretary's tribute.