Rota Changes

The Trust has today released information about planned changes they intend to make to all frontline rotas.
UNISON has been asking for a range of information about the modeling work ORH has carried out, to enable us to represent you and fully understand the rationale that informs the changes. Some of this information has not yet been provided. The Trust (Executive level) is saying they cannot release this specific information as it’s embargoed as part of the ISR. In other Trust’s the information we’re requesting was made available to staff side at an early stage of the work ORH/WTS have undertaken. We are very concerned this is a repeat of the lack of openness the Trust demonstrated during the last rota redesign and this does little to reassure us.

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UNISON pay update

 Members will be asked to vote on whether to accept the deal and all members have been contacted directly by UNISON via the email address we have for you, outlining the proposed pay deal. Please call UNISON direct (0800 0 857 857) to update your email address and ensure you receive the updates.
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UNISON releases hard hitting campaign film over working conditions of frontline Ambulance staff in EEAS

‘You keep going because you care about your community and your patients, but who cares about us?’ Paramedic, East of England Ambulance Service.

UNISON surveyed over 900 frontline staff from the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS). The survey highlighted the impact on mental health, following a worsening in working conditions over the past year. The survey also highlighted hundreds of staff are now regularly working 14 and 15-hour shifts. Some staff had worked 18 or 19-hour shifts. Continue reading

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CQC visits EEAST

The Trust has issued advice to management, letting them know the CQC will be visiting next week for no-notice inspections.

The CQC is the regulator of the Trust, so you can make a difference by letting them know your experiences.

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[EEAST] ‘Rejected allegations staff were increasingly facing late finishes to shifts’

 

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‘Staff regularly work 14-hour to 15-hour shifts.’ MP speaks out in support of frontline staff.

‘On late finishes, staff regularly work 14-hour to 15-hour shifts, but no data has been available from the trust to the staff side since February last year. In September, the trust removed the staff support desk, which was there to provide support to staff who were working very long shifts. No data has been made available by the trust to the staff side on “tail breaches”—these very long delays in getting to patients. The trust claims an exemption under FOI. That is symptomatic of a trust that fails to be open with staff representatives and with the public it is supposed to be serving.’

Norman Lamb MP for north NorfolkYou can read the full Hansard record for this adjournment debate here. 

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UNISON late finishes update

UNISON continues to discuss with the Trust the issue of late finishes and we’ve been putting across the views of over 900 staff who completed our recent survey.

We’ve also been talking about other Trusts and have put forwards changes in EEAST, based on measures other Trusts are using to reduce late finishes to better support their staff and protect them from the pressures. Continue reading

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