Posted: 23rd October 2017
Can I please remind all staff about what they post on social media and to check and proof read any comments before you press the send button..... You may feel your comment is well intentioned but others may feel differently... It is understandable that certain current topics are very emotive and you are entited to your opinion but it is how you put that across especially on a public forum
Posted: 21st October 2017
Following conerns raised over the rota numbers in the north of lincs and the apparent reduction of resources we will be meeting with the lincs management team on Tuesday to discuss the path that is being taken.... We are meeting them with UNISON.... Afterwards we will update.
Posted: 21st October 2017
Joint statement from unions re the NQP fast track programme....now we have to sit down with EMAS and discuss how this is implemented.....bear with us on this we will tell you when we know (although I have no doubt the ‘EMAS will still shaft us’ comments will still be forthcoming)
Posted: 13th October 2017
Posted: 6th October 2017
Can I please ask that all members ensure that your contact details with membership services are up to date....this includes current address and telephone number, station and division location and e mail address if applicable. Membership services can be reached by ringing the nottingham office....the contact number of which can be found on the GMB website under contact us....regional offices.
Posted: 4th October 2017
ROTA CONSULTATIONS: We would like to encourage staff to raise any concerns you have about the rota consultation process with the GMB and also by requesting a 1-2-1. We would also like to remind staff that this is a consultation period and spreading rumours and gossip, either in person or via social media is not helpful. The GMB has already raised concerns over the selection criteria for the FRVs and are currently awaiting a response from EMAS. Please send your comments to; Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 20th September 2017
Posted: 5th August 2017
At a recent branch meeting members of TASC (the ambulance service charity) came to speak to reps about the work they do. There is now a link on the GMB@EMAS web page to the charities web site. To access the link go to www.gmbemas.org.uk and click on the TASC banner at the top of the page. This will take you to the charities web site.
Posted: 2nd May 2017
From posts on another group it appears that there are some pay issues this month regarding the band 6 uplift and the 1% national peanuts award. Firstly any back pay attributable to the band 6 uplift will be paid in May Secondly the 1% national peanuts award will also be paid in may as it is every year (pretty much) with back pay also paid to the beginning of April as it is every year. We have, however today, asked the question (as have UNISON) so please don't go into meltdown just yet 😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃
Posted: 22nd April 2017
Following on from the recent confusion surrounding the assimilation of staff into band 6 and the further progression up the band when you reach your incremental date please read the information below 10. How will the move to band 6 work? This is re-banding: the Agenda for Change rules on pay on promotion do not apply. - Paramedics on pay spine points in pay band 5 that overlap with corresponding pay spine points in band 6 will, on assimilation, move across to the same pay spine point in band 6. Thereafter they will progress up the incremental points in band 6 in line with their personal incremental date. - Paramedics in pay band 5 on pay points below the first overlapping pay spine point will move to the lowest pay point in pay band 6 and their incremental date will be the date of assimilation. This is taken from the national FAQ document that was published in December which is available on the NHS Employers website. So some examples A paramedic who's increment date is the 1st of May, and is on spine points 21, 22 or 23 will assimilate across effective 31/12/16. On their increment date of 01/05/17 they should then automatically move up to the next spine point. A paramedic who's increment date sits between 31/12/16 and 31/03/17 and is again on spine points 21, 22 or 23 will move across to the equivalent point in band 6 and then will automatically move up a point. This is because their increment date has already passed and they should have been earning the higher amount as of their increment date. These members of staff should have an element of back pay to allow for the difference between the assimilation date of the 31/12/16 and the trust implementation date which will either be April or May. Paramedics who's increment date is 01/04/17 should fit in with example 2 as we are now in April and it hasn't been implemented yet. These staff may also get a small element of back pay. Just to explain the difference between the assimilation date and the implementation date. Assimilation date is the date agreed by the staff council as the 31/12/16 Implementation date is the date that the trust actually implement the change. This to be fair will be different depending on how quickly staff get their letters sent back however any back pay will be paid to your increment date as in example 2 or to the 31/12/16 depending on your current spine point. I hope this makes it slightly clearer however as it's going to take a while to assimilate everyone across please be patient and if you notice any problems going forward i.e. You arnt uplifted when you should be please contact HR in the first instance. The quicker you get your letters signed and sent back the quicker you can be moved across and up and receive any back pay if you qualify. Regards Tony Davies GMB exec lead
Posted: 2nd April 2017
Following issues that were raised by staff in response to the letters sent out recently by the trust a UNISON lead met with senior HR managers this week and these discussions have now been concluded. The UNISON lead has passed on the basis of these discussions to me and so I am updating all affected staff. Both unions have now received assurances that the trust is committed to, and continuing to follow, the national guidance for paramedics in regard to future training and education needs within the profession. Ourselves and UNISON will continue to work in partnership both locally and nationally with our trust managers and the NHS employers and will provide regular feedback. This feedback will include any future developments and educational needs required . A national band 6 paramedic job description is still currently being written and is currently at a principle and aspiration stage at this time. When we have more to report on this we will let all members know. The trust have made assurances that there will be an expectation that all paramedics will continue to engage in CPD activities in line with their HCPC registration and the emergency and urgent care review. In addition current paramedics will not be expected to undertake a degree qualification to remain in band 6. In view of these assurances please sign and date your letter and return a copy to the trust ASAP so the assimilation process can be completed and your pay (and back pay as appropriate) can be amended and paid accordingly. I would just like to put on record my thanks to Chris klus, Steve Henson, Chris Towndrow and Mark hill from UNISON who I have been working with to facilitate the uplift into band 6. This has been a true partnership effort on the part of both unions and although we still have work to do we will update all staff as and when we can Can you please pass this message on to those staff who may not be on this page. A post will also be placed on the GMBEMAS web page. Tony Davies GMB exec lead EMAS.
Posted: 1st April 2017
For those who have letters and are unsure of what the national agreement is, here is the link.....again.....it is specifically section 2 and its mention in the letter that we want clarification on. http://www.nhsemployers.org/~/media/Employers/Documents/08%2012%2016%20agreement%20ambulance%20final%208%2000%20am.pdf
Posted: 27th March 2017
We have been made aware of paramedic rebanding letters that are currently being sent to paramedics affected by the new band 6 profile. Although ourselves and UNISON were aware that these letters were due to be sent out we were unaware of their content. As such a number of concerns have been raised that we would like clarified. The 4 exec leads will be discussing these concerns with management in the next few days and we will update you all when we have answers. The current advice of both unions is NOT to sign the letter you receive until we have had answers to our concerns.
Posted: 27th March 2017
For all NQPs who qualified after 01/09/2016 here is the link to the new NQP consolidation framework and the portfolio If you read all the information it says that some NQPs who already have experience can follow an accelerated program however this is still being formulated http://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2017/03/nqp-framework
Posted: 23rd March 2017
Following on from the work done by ourselves and UNISON a communication was today issued by EMAS confirming that all paramedics who qualified prior to Sept. 2016 will move across into band 6 as of April 2017.....this move will be backdated to the 31/12/2016 and for some staff will attract some back pay.......no idea who that will be so don't ask.....letters will b sent to all staff in the near future if they are not already en-route. So rather than all the critical and negative comments that many people seem to post on here how about passing on your thanks to the numerous people who have worked over the past 5 months to get this sorted?????
Posted: 9th March 2017
This is a link to the Newly Qualified Paramedic national profile......it can also be found by searching for it on the NHS employers website http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/pay-and-reward/pay/job-evaluation/national-job-profiles/emergency-services The link will take you to the emergency services page on the NHS employers website.....look to the bottom of the page it will say ambulance services - updated February 2017 click on this and it will bring up all the job profiles...scroll through until you find the NQP one Also there is more info at http://www.nhsemployers.org/ambulance Including a link to a FAQ document that you will need to read before you start firing abuse at this page
Posted: 26th February 2017
GMB and UNISON met with HR on the 27th of January following the submission of the draft paramedic job description. A few additions were made based on management feedback and the job description was finally agreed. It now has to go to the trust board for sign off. Trust management are keen to get the matching process completed by mid February and so we are in the process of putting matching and consistency panels together. Once we have more news we will let you know.
Posted: 31st January 2017
THE CONSULTATION PERIOD FOR STAFF COMMENTS ON THE NEW PARAMEDIC JOB DESCRIPTION ENDED ON THE 6TH OF JANUARY. A SHORT PERIOD OF CONSISTENCY CHECKING BY GMB AND UNISON JE LEADS WILL NOW OCCUR TO SEE IF ANY OF THE COMMENTS CAN BE INCORPORATED INTO THE DOCUMENT. ONCE THIS WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED WE WILL BE IN A POSITION TO HAND THE FINISHED JOB DESCRIPTION OVER TO THE TRUST TO COMPLETE THE NEXT STAGE OF THE PROCESS. THIS WILL INCLUDE PUTTING THE JD THROUGH THE CLINICAL GOVERNANCE TO APPROVE AND THEN PUTTING IT THROUGH A MATCHING PANEL TO CONFIRM IT MATCHES THE BAND 6 PROFILE. FOLLOWING OUR MEETING ON THE 27TH OF JANUARY WE WILL PROVIDE FURTHER UPDATES. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE STAFF WHO ATTENDED THE WALK-IN SESSION DAY AT KINGS MILL AND ALSO THOSE WHO PROVIDED COMMENTS BY E-MAIL. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASECONTACT YOUR LOCAL GMB REPRESENTATIVE.
Posted: 12th January 2017