Category Archives: Health

Health and Social Care Workforce Planning

The Scottish Government is consulting about a new approach to workforce planning in health and social care. In UNISON Scotland’s response we highlight the weaknesses in the current fragmented system and the challenges facing the sector in the coming years. We argue for a national workforce framework that includes consistent data collection and a sectoral […]

NHS Scotland Staff Governance Standard

The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee is conducting an inquiry into the NHS Scotland Staff Governance Standard. This is the UNISON Scotland submission to that inquiry, which confirms our support for the Standard, while recognising that it can always be improved.

North Lanarkshire Council sign UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

UNISON congratulated North Lanarkshire Council – who have adopted UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter today. This will ensure high standards in homecare, and better conditions for homecare workers. It is great news for vulnerable service users, their families and homecare staff, says UNISON The Ethical Care Charter was developed by UNISON following concerns raised about the […]

UNISON comment on Scottish Health Minister’s Parliament statement on trauma centres

Commenting on today’s statement to Parliament by Shona Robison Cab Sec for Health, Wellbeing and Sport concerning the delay until 2020 of a network of major trauma centres across Scotland Matt McLaughlin, Regional Organiser, Health, said, “UNISON is pleased that the Cabinet Secretary has clarified the Governments position in parliament today, the pledge made by […]

North Ayrshire Council sign up to Ethical Care Pledge is great news, say UNISON

North Ayrshire Council has adopted UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, to ensure the delivery of high standards in homecare and better conditions for homecare workers. This is great news for vulnerable service users, their families and homecare staff says UNISON The Ethical Care Charter was developed by UNISON following concerns raised across the UK about the standards of […]

2030 Nursing Vision – UNISON Scotland Nursing Sector Response – Dec 2016

UNISON Scotland Nursing Sector Committee Response to Scottish Government consultation on 2030 Nursing Vision December 2016 Introduction UNISON is the largest union representing workers in the public services across Scotland. We have thousands of members in the health and social care sectors and we represent nurses and other health professionals in the NHS. The UNISON […]

UNISON Scotland launches mobile phone app to improve patient care

UNISON Scotland has today (Tuesday) launched an app for nurses so they can use their phone or tablet to register concerns about patient care in Scotland’s hospitals. The app – Duty of Care – allows nurses to register their concerns about patient care directly with NHS employers, highlighting issues such as: reduced staffing levels; lack […]

UNISON Scotland Duty of Care App

Staffing levels? Patient safety? Other clinical issues? It’s your duty to report it! You can now download UNISON Scotland’s FREE Duty of Care app for Android phones and tablets iPhones and iPads       THE DUTY OF CARE UNISON recognises that nursing staff are, at times, working under extreme situations. Despite securing significant investment in […]

Health in UNISON Skills Charter

Our Health Committee is calling on the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland employers to develop a “Skills Charter” which would see significant investment in support workers across the NHS. The call was made as we launched our own ‘Health in UNISON, Skills Charter’ We welcome the commitment shown by the employers and the Scottish Government to remove […]

May Day Success

Grampian Resource Centre Staff took place in the Aberdeen Trades Council May Day March on Saturday 29th April wearing hospital beds. This was to highlight the abandoned plans for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary being one of four major trauma centres that were promised by ministers in 2014. More recently they had cut the plans to having […]