October 2016 member news

Some updates:
Band 1 Review
To date 100 staff have signed up to new job descriptions at Band 2 and higher pay.  This is a significant success for UNISON nationally and locally.  Please contact us if you have any concerns about moving to a new Band 2 job description.   To those who have not yet been offered a new role, this is coming and will (in due course) be backdated to 1 October 2016.
New Courses
It's never too late to learn something new!  Forthcoming UNISON led courses:
Emergency First Aid at Work - 1 day / Inverness, Oban & Dunoon
Discussing Drugs & Alcohol with young people - half day / Inverness
Alcohol misuse - Awareness seminar - half day / Inverness
Mental Health Awareness - 1 day / Fort William
Digital skills/Anywhere in the Highlands and Islands (subject to sufficient demand).  Half day workshops are available on the following topics:

  • using a tablet;
  • searching for information;
  • instant messaging, emails, video calls, Skype;
  • buying and selling;
  • booking your travel;
  • managing your bank account;
  • setting up and managing a Universal Credit account;
  • creating a text document such as a CV;
  • creating and sharing a photo album.

If you wish to attend any of the above courses, or would like further information, please contact:
Regional Learning and Development Organiser
53 Shore Street
Direct dial: 01463 723968
Mobile:  07950 889765

Email:  m.chaba@unison.co.uk
Scottish Living Wage for private/voluntary sector
This is now in force, and we expect private/independent/voluntary sector providers to be paying (at least) the Scottish Living Wage to our members, with effect from 1 October 2016.  If you are employed in one of these sectors and are not receiving this, we would be very keen to hear from you.  The Scottish Living Wage is £8.25/hour.
New UNISON Scotland Duty of Care App

Worried about patient safety?
Is short staffing affecting your ability to provide clinical care?
The FREE UNISON Duty of Care App provides you with the tools to raise concerns and meet your obligations as a healthcare professional.
Highland Healthcare Branch Secretary, Janette McQuiston, said, 'In a recent survey 86% of UNISON nurses told us that they had left care undone and 63% said that there were not enough staff on shift to deliver safe and compassionate care.  I know from speaking to UNISON members across NHS Highland that many of our members have lost confidence in the Datix system, because nothing ever seems to get done.  The UNISON App will give members the tools to quickly and efficiently report their concerns to the Director of Nursing and with their union.'
The App, developed by UNISON, is free and can be used by registered and non registered nurses and will automatically send a report by email to UNISON and to the local Director of Nursing.  It's not a replacement for Datix and members are still encouraged to comply with their employers policies and procedures to report professional and clinical concerns.  Janette added, 'Under the NMC Code, Registered nurses have an obligation to raise concerns when they feel that patient safety is compromised, but our Nursing Assistant and Health Care Support Workers should feel free to express concerns over patient safety as well - they are after all part of the healthcare team.  As part of our work, Highland Healthcare Branch will be seeking regular meetings with Heidi May, Director of Nursing for NHS Highland, to discuss member concerns raised via the App and more importantly we will be pressing for NHS Highland to take long term, positive action, in response to our members concerns.'
You can find out more about the App at www.unison-scotland.org/nursing/.   We're really excited about this and hope it gets very well used.
New Craigs Survey
In advance of the launch of the App above, we are conducting a survey of members at New Craigs.  It's not too late to complete this if you work for NHS Highland at New Craigs and have not done so already.

We have become concerned about reports of understaffing and bullying in the hospital.  We want to find out if these reports are true and, if so, how widespread the problem is.  We are therefore asking all New Craigs members to complete our survey, available here:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KDDQZ9K.  It shouldn't take too long to complete and will give us evidence to take to management if necessary.  The survey is also open to non-members, so it would be helpful if you can pass it on to colleagues who may not be members.
For any queries on this, please contact:
UNISON Scotland - Local Organiser
Tel:  01463 723965 

Email:  a.vickers@unison.co.uk
And finally....
Look out for an update next month on Paid As If At Work.  And/or check the news on the website/Facebook page.....!

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