As you will all now be aware both the guardian and the sun have published stories this morning regarding a proposed pay deal for NHS staff in England (it does not currently involve the devolved countries). Having read some of the comments on another page it is clear that this deal is not acceptable to staff within EMAS........this deal has still to be ratified by the treasury which we believe will happen next week and there will then be a conference in London on the 20th for all regional officers/full time leads to attend where we will formally discuss it. We will then come back to our regions and our members to gauge whether they are prepared to accept the offer.....probably a moot point based on comments made already.....once we know if it will be accepted or not we will pass this back to our national officer who will then go back to the employers with the answer from all regions. At this conference I intend to raise the question what will we be doing if the offer is rejected I simply can’t answer that for you at he moment.....any action we take will need to be planned so please bear with me I don’t have all the answers at the moment.
Posted: 9th March 2018
Seen on the A17 at cranwell this morning.
Posted: 2nd March 2018
Meanwhile in canada
Posted: 2nd March 2018
Due to the continued inclement weather (it is a bit parky out there) we do not want any of our members taking unnecessary risks travelling long distances to get to their normal base station....our current advice is to attend your nearest ambulance station and then ring the duty COM/DOM team and seek further advice. If you cant make it to your closest station for any reason do not put yourself at risk....ring your EOC, duty divisional team or the ROM team and again seek further advice.
Posted: 1st March 2018
So....despite the atrocious conditions on the roads of the east midlands staff still put others above themselves....staff in EOC, staff 'on the road' our make ready and logistics teams and our back office staff working tirelessly to ensure people are provided with the best possible care...its times like this that we show how we can go above and beyond and you should all be rightly proud of the efforts you are putting in. Although this site is for GMB members this message is for all staff across the 4 divisions Be careful, be safe Tony davies GMB Lead
Posted: 1st March 2018
Members will have seen a post on EMAS matters regarding changes to the Attendance policy within the trust.....firstly can I say that NOTHING HAS BEEN AGREED.....The most contentious issue is the sickness triggers that the CQC, NHSE, and NHSI have all said are extremely lenient compared to other Ambulance trusts.....shown are the current and the proposed triggers. Management want a reduction in the informal periods from 4 to 3 and an increase in the monitoring period to 9 months.....they are prepared to include a monitoring period after the final formal stage......there is actually a mistake on the flow diagram for the current policy.....there is currently no monitoring period after the final formal caution has been applied.....this means that once on a final formal a member can be automatically asked to attend an attendance review meeting......can you please comment on the triggers below
Posted: 25th February 2018
Now before all the currently registered paramedics go into meltdown and claim their world is over...read the whole document please
Posted: 24th February 2018
A couple of questions arose over the weekend around a Trainee Technician advert that had been published stating a training pay rate + 13% USH which then progressed to Band 4 + 13% post qualification.....we have had it confirmed that the post qual. Pay rate published is incorrect and that the USH payment is actually 25%. With regard to current existing staff who opt to do the ECA to Tech course they will stay on their current wage as per their current terms and conditions for the duration of the course.....the training rate will only apply to new staff to the trust.
Posted: 5th February 2018
Merry christmas to all GMB members across the trust and particularly those working over the next 72 hours may you spend as much of it as you can with those you hold in your hearts
Posted: 24th December 2017
If any members have had any pay issues can you leave a message on here please with your division.....we are not sure at the momemt if it is just one division that is having monthly issues or a trust wide issue.....cheers
Posted: 20th December 2017
Id hoped it was his resignation
Posted: 19th December 2017
Just so everyone is aware a bulletin was issued this morning re ESR downtime over the xmas period.....in that bulletin it stated that dec payday was the 24th......another bulletin has now been issued correcting this to the 22nd....so to confirm december payday is friday the 22nd....please do not all go into meltdown!!!!!!!
Posted: 13th December 2017
During today’s trust partnership forum meeting we were made aware that agreement has now been reached on the issue of Paramedic post registration training linked to the recent Paramedic uplift into band 6. This was always part of the national uplift agreement but has been the subject of much discussion between NHS Employers, staff side, the HCPC and NHS England. The link below is from the NHS Employers website and was published in December 2016. http://www.nhsemployers.org/~/media/Employers/Documents/08%2012%2016%20agreement%20ambulance%20final%208%2000%20am.pdf The section 2 part 7 relates to paramedics who have been uplifted into band 6 but particularly the last paragraph. We have been informed by the trust that all band 6 paramedics (this will not include COMs or CSMs) will soon be receiving a letter explaining the process going forward. Attached to the letter will be a skills/learning questionnaire that will aid in producing personal development plans which will need to be started in April 2018 and completed by April 2020 so paramedics have 2 years to complete. Paramedics who have already completed previous courses will find that their development plans will reflect this learning. NO PARAMEDIC WILL BE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE A DEGREE OF ANY SORTS.....this was one of the concerns raised by (the very minimal number of) paramedics who engaged with the banding work....we have been asked to stress that no one will be expected to complete a degree......a number of trusts have already made this a pre-requisite of staying in band 6......EMAS haven’t. We will also be making it clear that if the trust require any staff to complete any training outside of normal CPD activities then this should be classed as essential education and you should be stood down to complete it. Any courses you complete as part of this process can also be put towards your CPD for re-registration
Posted: 12th December 2017
Will this make things easier???
Posted: 7th December 2017
The trust will be implementing a different way of dispatching vehicles within meal break windows as of tonight.....this should only be for a week and only overnight (although it appears to be happening now on all shifts). Crews will be allocated C1 and C2 calls within their meal break window although the meal break agreement still stands and so when crews go outside their window they will be blacked out and sent back to station as normal. There have been a number of comments stating that this is happening anyway and has been for some time.....although it shouldn’t be this is the section of the dispatch protocols that may provide an answer Dispatchers will task resources to respond to incidents, even when doing so falls outside of the principles outlined, if they feel any delay may be detrimental to the patient, based on information received by the EOC but this would be the exception rather than becoming the norm. As nobody has come forward to tell us this is becoming the norm then we can’t address it. Cheers
Posted: 4th December 2017
An update regarding national agreements around the NQP fast track process, the national band 6 JD and those NQPs who qualified between 01/09/16 and 31/03/17. Full details can be found on the NHS employers website at the below link http://www.nhsemployers.org/~/media/Employers/Documents/Pay%20and%20reward/Ambulance%20jointly%20agreed%20statement%20Nov%202017.pdf
Posted: 30th November 2017
Hi all.....following the workforce committee meeting today we raised a query regarding staff being made aware of LBR (learning beyond registration) funding and how it is advertised.....below is a link to an e-news that was published with a link to the section on onsite Click on the below link and then click on the news link on the e-news page that comes up Within the news article is a link that takes you to insite......when you sign in it will take you to the LBR info. http://enews.emasnews.org.uk/issue-70-10-october-2017/staff-news/emas-the-journey-chapter-2
Posted: 30th November 2017
Our illustrious leader now has us in his cut back sights
Posted: 28th November 2017
The trust are asking for 100 volunteers to take part in a cultural audit to take place in the new year. If you wish to take part the e mail is below information
Posted: 28th November 2017
Many members will have today seen an announcement from Ben holdaway (associate dir. of ops) regarding the rota review. Now we can confirm that, as a result of concerns raised by members and the leads from both unions (GMB and UNISON) and following meetings between union leads and senior management, it has been agreed that no member of staff who is currently on a substantive DCA line at a station will be forced to move away from that station.....this will also apply to members who have opted to move from an FRV to a DCA.....they will be offered a line at that station. The finer details are yet to be worked out and your divisional management teams are currently working through the numbers. When we have more we will let you know
Posted: 9th November 2017