For the last 18 months, UNISON, GMB and Unite, 3 of the trade unions representing the majority of ambulance workers, have been engaged in discussions with employers looking at problems with recruitment and retention of ambulance staff – importantly the banding of paramedics.
A review of the national Job Evaluation profiles for Ambulance Services, by the National Job Evaluation Group (JEG), recognised that the current band 5 and 6 national profiles needed updating. At the NHS Staff Council Executive meeting on 14 September, it was agreed to publish a new band 6 paramedic profile along with technical guidance from JEG to help local matching panels evaluate their current paramedic roles.
This announcement is significant and a win for collective bargaining, partnership working and Trade Union members. However, we recognise that there is still a lot to do and each ambulance service will need to undertake local job matching processes. We will approach this work with urgency and in a spirit of partnership. We expect the paramedic profile to be published imminently, and are one step closer to achieving the correct pay to match the skills that paramedics have.