Rota redesign update…

Thank you to everyone who has completed, supported and shared our survey.

In less than 24 hours, over 520 staff have completed the survey

60% said they’ve signed a grievance

30% said they’ve contacted their MP

The full results will be shared with all staff, and used to inform our discussions and decide on next steps.

If you haven’t already done so, take a few minutes to add your views and encourage others to do the same:

We’ve had questions raised today about GDPR and survey monkey. To be clear the data collated does not contain personal information and survey monkey have assured us they are compliant with the GDPR.

We’ve also had questions raised about the survey being potentially completed multiple times by the same person. The survey is set up to only allow it to be completed once by each individual, and this is one of the reasons why we chose to use survey monkey.

We can see from the results so far that this is a very emotive subject you feel strongly about – and we do too.

You are not alone – and there is strength in our solidarity.


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EEAST staff – have your say!

Deloitte is the company commissioned to undertake a governance review of EEAST by NHSI.

All EEAST staff have been emailed a link to the survey (which you can also add free text to). It’s only open though for a short period of time and hasn’t been put out in NTK. We’re sure that’s an oversight… Please take a few moments to fill in the survey and add your views – and encourage your colleagues to do the same, as a matter of urgency.

Please take a few minutes to make your views heard. 

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MIND offers free training for Ambulance staff

MIND Bluelight is offering free courses to Ambulance staff in resilience.

Resilience is the capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, such as being socially isolated or dealing with stressful workplace conditions, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing. Resilience can be taught and learned.

For a more detailed definition of resilience visit resilience at Mind page. You can also find more information on resilience and mental wellbeing in the information booklets which are free to download.

During the course, you’ll build up your own collection of tools and skills for coping better with stress, anxiety, relationship issues, social pressures, and difficult emotions like anger.

Please follow this link for more information


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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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