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.”

The agreement released by NHS employers today outlines that Paramedics going into band 6 will not move across and up an increment. The national agreement states for Paramedics on the top of band 5, they will move to the same spine point in band 6 and only progress on their annual incremental date.

UNISON and EEAST brought in a ’Senior’ agreement 2 years ago, which has allowed over 95% of our Paramedics to move into band 6, and EMTs to move into band 5. The incremental progression in our agreement is across and up a spine point. This is an open agreement which allows all future EMTs and Paramedics with 12 months post reg/post qualification to progress. The agreement is very supportive and does not allow the Trust to link progression to changing resources, stations or forcing staff to lone respond:

https://putbacktheheart.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/paybandingagreementv10.pdf

Following a number of queries from members about the above - Our view is our local agreement has formed a contractual change to hundreds of our staff and we expect it to remain in place. Local agreements exist across Ambulance sector and seek to improve on national terms and conditions. We will only consider changes to the our local agreement if they are beneficial to staff. Any increase in timeline to achieve band 6, or any other changes, such as insisting on lone working or changing the way incremental progression occurs will not be agreed.

Yesterday we were made aware of some EMTs who have been refused the band 5 Senior EMT uplift, after being informed this is ‘being reviewed by the Board.’ There have not been any conversations with UNISON about this and our local agreement remains in place. We will update you as soon as we can.

Fraer Stevenson

UNISON Branch Secretary
East of England Ambulance Branch

Comments  

0 #5 Guest 2016-12-18 14:20
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As a paramedic, if I do not wish to mentor university students or engage in the extra clinical training, I will currently be Band 5. Under the new NATIONAL band 6 paramedic profile, I would be able to progress to Band 6.
If your branch deliberately block this national initiative to allow ALL paramedics to be Band 6, then you will deliberately be blocking paramedic progression?

The article sets out that we would oppose any worsening of our local agreement - for example, insisting that student paramedics have more than 12 months in band 5, prior to being able to move into band 6. It doesn't stop the rebanding of band 5 paramedics though and any beneficial changes to our local agreement would be supported, for example opening up the spine points to the top of band 6. That said, the national band 6 agreement and difference between that and the band 5 newly qualified paramedic incorporates clinical supervision and mentoring. Posted by Fraer.
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+1 #4 Guest 2016-12-18 14:16
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Under the UNISON and EEAST ’Senior agreement' will current Senior Paramedics now be able to progress to pay spine 29 under the new band 6 Paramedic profile? if so, will the ECP and Supervisor role be re job evaluated as spine 29 was their 'domain'?

We need to discuss the impact of this national agreement on other roles - and we've asked the Trust to review the JE process we have in EoE, as many roles haven't been job evaluated by a full panel for a considerable time, or in some cases they've never been full panel evaluated. That said, this national band 6 profile doesn't change the bandings for ECPs/CCPs or Supervisors and its something we'll need to keep asking the Trust to review based on job evaluation. We'll keep everyone updated. posted by Fraer
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0 #3 Guest 2016-12-18 14:12
The article sets out that we would oppose any worsening of our local agreement - for example, insisting that student paramedics have more than 12 months in band 5, prior to being able to move into band 6. It doesn't stop the rebanding of band 5 paramedics though and any beneficial changes to our local agreement would be supported, for example opening up the spine points to the top of band 6. That said, the national band 6 agreement and difference between that and the band 5 newly qualified paramedic incorporates clinical supervisions and mentoring. Posted by Fraer.
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-1 #2 Guest 2016-12-14 20:38
As a paramedic, if I do not wish to mentor university students or engage in the extra clinical training, I will currently be Band 5. Under the new NATIONAL band 6 paramedic profile, I would be able to progress to Band 6.
If your branch deliberately block this national initiative to allow ALL paramedics to be Band 6, then you will deliberately be blocking paramedic progression?
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+1 #1 Guest 2016-12-09 23:17
Under the UNISON and EEAST ’Senior agreement' will current Senior Paramedics now be able to progress to pay spine 29 under the new band 6 Paramedic profile? if so, will the ECP and Supervisor role be re job evaluated as spine 29 was their 'domain'?
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