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Paramedic banding review

Hi Folks,

At the NHS Staff Council Executive meeting on the 14th September, it was agreed to publish a new band 6 paramedic profile. The technical guidelines should be published within the next few weeks.

From the start of November UNISON along with gmb and unite will be attending meetings with the Scottish Ambulance Service to review and update the job description of both the paramedics and technicians.

These meetings and workshops will continue throughout November and into December. It is hoped that a final draft will be taken to the Developing Our Future Workforce group for a sign off by the 20thof December.

As information becomes available it will be posted on our website.

Below is a statement from the joint unions

Joint Ambulance Trade Union Statement

19 September 2016

Paramedic banding update

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.

In June 2016, we wrote to you with the results from our indicative ballots of ambulance members. Each union reported a similar result which was that you were tired of waiting for the government to deliver the promises they made in 2015/16, and were not prepared to wait indefinitely.

We also recognised that a protracted dispute and the disruption that strike action would bring, was something that all parties wanted to avoid. So, in June we agreed to pause the move to a full industrial action ballot while we held constructive discussions with employers and the government.

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.

We expect the technical guidance and profile to be published on the NHS Employers’ website within the next few weeks. We should make it clear that each organisation will need to evaluate their paramedic role(s) and we cannot guarantee a specified outcome from this evaluation. We will keep working with NHS Employers to support the production of the technical guidance and publish the band 6 profile as soon as possible.

We will also continue our discussions around the policy implications of a move to band 6 and will seek to agree a consistent national position on application. We will also keep using influence and lobbying to ensure the outcomes of matching panels will be funded by the appropriate bodies.

As part of this agreement, the employers and trade unions have agreed to a future piece of work to look at how we can support Newly Qualified