NHS apprentices assemble for UNISON training event

Mental health awareness, confidence building and skills analysis were all on the agenda today as apprentices met in Dorset for UNISON’s inaugural NHS Apprenticeship Conference.

System of second class NHS workers in the South West must end, says UNISON

Three private companies employing thousands of staff in the NHS in the South West are coming under pressure as UNISON’s campaign for fair pay in the health service escalates.

NHS staff celebrate Operating Department Practitioners Day

Hospital staff at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth celebrated Operating Department Practitioners Day today, paying tribute to an often overlooked part of the NHS team that play a vital role in keeping patients safe. An operating department practitioner (ODP) is a highly trained registered healthcare professional working in a range of critical care environments. ODPs prepare […]

It’s Mitie unfair – lowest paid staff ignored while supervisors receive pay award

Mitie, the private contractor for hotel services in the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, has given 14 supervisors a pay award while continuing to ignore the lowest paid staff. Since transferring to Mitie four years ago there has been no cost of living pay increase for porters, cleaners and catering staff working at the hospitals in […]

Exeter Health Workers Stand up for Women

Hospital staff in the Royal Devon & Exeter UNISON branch marked International Women’s Day last week by pledging to help tackle period poverty and support survivors of domestic violence. The branch committee, which represents over 1,600 health care staff in Exeter, unanimously backed a proposal to support and promote the work of Comfort Exeter and […]

Mark Thomas gives the NHS a comedy check-up

Political comedian Mark Thomas is heading to the South West with his award-winning show about the NHS. Check Up: Our NHS at 70, which Thomas first performed last year, is based on a series of interviews with leading experts on the NHS, and a month of residencies in hospitals during which he shadowed doctors, nurses […]

UNISON organises running a stall at Musgrove Hospital

UNISON recognises Health Heroes!

On Monday 12 September, UNISON organisers visited Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton to promote the Our Health Heroes awards. UNISON cupcakes were delivered to hard working staff around the hospital and a stall set up on the concourse to talk to members of the public. Our Health Heroes, launched by UNISON, in partnership with Skills for […]