Staff in new coronavirus East of England surge centre will need proper PPE and training, says UNISON

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital announced today that it will house the East of England’s first coronavirus regional surge centre. The centre will add 170 ventilated beds for coronavirus cases across the region, aiming to ensure patients get the specialised care they need. It can be used and adapted depending on demand, so may function as […]

Private ambulance staff agree to pay self-isolating staff properly

UNISON campaigning has pushed private ambulance firms providing NHS services to properly pay self-isolating staff. The union believes all NHS staff, whether working for contractors or directly employed, should enjoy the same terms and conditions, but reps were dismayed to learn that some firms were still only paying statutory sick pay to staff self-isolating because […]

UNISON Bedford Borough donates PPE to front-line council workers

Trade unionists at Bedford Borough Council have donated hand sanitiser, disposable gloves and other personal protective equipment to defend front-line workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bedford Borough UNISON branch bought the equipment to support staff still required to meet people face to face, such as carers, social workers and those in the 24/7 HUB, […]

UNISON supports nursing students who want to join the pandemic fight

Final year nursing students will be safely supported if they want to join the fight against coronavirus, thanks to UNISON negotiators. The government announced plans last week to allow nursing students to spend the final six months of their course on clinical placement. UNISON quickly surveyed hundreds of students to get their views. Most said […]

Courses cancelled by coronavirus

Regretfully, we’ve had to cancel or postpone all our regional meetings, courses and events due to the coronavirus. All regular courses up to the end of May have been cancelled and we’re working hard to reschedule the one-off courses in our member learning programme. We will review the viability of courses beyond May in line […]