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Sep 2023: Back pay proposal and consultative ballot timeline



June 2023: Implementation Update



April 2023: Regrading Outcome



February 2023: Update in Brief



June 2022: UNISON/Management meeting update



March 2022: Working in Partnership

Following the regrading submission, UNISON HCA Reps have met with senior management within the Trust.

We have offered a negotiated approach to resolve the matter on a collective basis, and a 10 point action plan

In summary, our plan proposes that we set up a joint working group comprising management and UNISON reps to carry out a review in partnership to deliver:

  • updated HCA Job descriptions for every ward and department in MPH;
  • clearly defined Band 2 and Band 3 HCA roles required for each part of the service;
  • assessment of current staff duties and knowledge/training to assign each HCA to the appropriate band;
  • an agreed change process to support this restructure of roles and move staff;
  • agreement on other matters, such backpay.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to;

  • set up a project “broadly based on UNISON's 10 point plan”
  • commit senior leadership and HR resources to deliver the project - Emma Davey (Associate Director of Patient Care) and Maria Lazowski (People Business Partner)
  • engage and involve UNISON reps at every stage
  • identify a reasonable timescale in which to aim to complete the project

We are meeting again with trust management on 15 March to put together the draft project plan, set up the working group and agree tasks for each stage

UNISON aims to nominate a representative or point of contact for each ward/department to participate in the review for their area - UNISON training and paid release from work is available; currently our gaps are in:

  • MPH: General Theatres
  • MPH: Gould Ward
  • MPH: Barrington ward
  • MPH: Fielding ward
  • MPH: Children's Wards
  • MPH: Mendip Ward
  • MPH: Portman Ward
  • MPH: Head & Neck Theatres
  • Bridgwater Community Hospital
  • Burnham Community Hospital
  • Chard Community Hospital
  • Crewkerne Community Hospital
  • Dene Barton Community Hospital
  • Minehead Community Hospital
  • West Mendip Community Hospital
  • Wincanton Community Hospital



February 2022: Regrading Submission

Over 300 of us HCAs within SFT have completed a survey to demonstrate our case for re-banding.

On 1st February 2022, we submitted our regrading submission to kick start negotiations using the evidence provided so far.

As a trade union we can only represent our members and not only that but the more of us there are, the greater our strength and negotiating influence.



Who's behind #FairPayForHCAs?

We are a group of UNISON activists who are Band 2 Health Care Assistants employed by Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

Ward/Dept Name
A&E Mark O'Halloran
AMU Mandy Speers
Blake Amy Heaton
Bridgwater Jessica Burton
Bridgwater Jenny Clements
Burnham on Sea Linda Redman
Burnham on Sea Amy Moody
Burnham on Sea Lisa Thomas
Cath Lab Christine Chilcott
Childrens unit Emma Ayres
Childrens unit Sara Shapland
Coleridge Katherine Willcocks
Conservators Amanda Rochford
Conservators Deborah Quick
Coronary Care Unit Amber Parsons
Crewkerne Tina Young
Crewkerne Ramesh Tholkappian
Critical Care Unit Naomi Wiltshire
Day Surgery Theatre Kirsty Horner
Day Surgery Theatre Fiona Thomas
Dunkery Amy Cooper
Eliot Caroline Moyo
Fielding Michele Harding
Frome Ewa Magierowicz
Frome Leanne Gulbert
General Outpatients Jo Bruford
General Theatre Andrew Kemp
Hestercombe Elena Wilson
Minehead Athena Clinkscales
Minehead Natalie Mackie
Montacute Marlene Dichoso
Oncology - Beacon Inpatient ward Rachel Warren
OTS Sarah Bellringer
Radiology Donna Hitchcott
Sheppard Sylvia Leaver
South Petherton Debbie Butcher
South Petherton Tina Fishlock
Tor/ Exmoor Daniela Prodan
West Mendip (OPD) Angie Carter
West Mendip (ward) Caroline Baker
West Mendip (ward) Kim Maggs
Williton Hospital Alex Nurton
Williton Hospital Catherine Farmer
Wincanton Emily Gulliford
Wincanton Lisa O'Shea
Wordsworth Lorraine Cave
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What is #FairPayForHCAs?

Many of us Band 2 HCAs are carrying out patient care and a range of clinical tasks, which could be Band 3 level.

We are campaigning for the pay and recognition we deserve, in UNISON.


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100%

Ward Breakdown

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To find out exactly how your pay will be impacted, use our free pay calculator tool.

This calculator has been specifically designed to factor in unsociable hours enhancements according to your circumstances.

FAQ's

It is precisely because the NHS is not being properly funded that trusts are being put under pressure to fill gaps in nursing by asking HCAs to do more. We are sympathetic to the problem faced by trusts. However, the answer is not to ask already low-paid staff to subsidise the trust by underpaying their labour. Our national agreement makes it clear how all roles in the NHS should be paid the rate for the job, and for this to be done consistently across the country.

We want to collate evidence from all HCA colleagues as part of building our case. Any policy or structural change that results, eg reviews of skills mix in wards and departments, will clearly impact all staff. However as a union, we can only take forward and represent re-grading claims on behalf of our members. If you are not in a union, you should join UNISON, and we will include you in the collective claim. If you are in another union, then – with your permission – we will share your details with your union.

We want to gather evidence from as many HCAs as possible, in order to obtain a clear picture across the Hospital. This will allow us to check out the extent to which wards and departments have become fundamentally reliant on HCAs stepping up to deliver patient care. You can help by ensuring all your colleagues complete the survey. We will then approach the trust on behalf of UNISON members to negotiate a collective re-grading claim.

Being able to submit a re-banding claim is a well-established part of our agreed policy with the trust. Jobs do change from time to time, and your Job Description should be regularly updated to reflect what you actually do day-to-day. A formal process exists to ensure that jobs can be checked or re-assessed for the purposes of assigning a correct pay grade. This is part of your contractual right and entitlement.

It is true that that USH premium rates go down if you move from Band 2 to Band 3. For instance, the percentage uplift for working nights on Band 2 is 46% on the basic hourly rate, whereas for Band 3 it falls to 36%. Overall, though, you will still be much better off, as few HCAs work solely USH hours and the % rate is applied to a higher level of basic pay. Try out our Pay Calculator to test out the difference based on your work pattern.

The national Agenda for Change agreement is silent on this point, but many NHS trusts have local pay policies that recognise past NHS service and will place new starters on the same pay point as they were before they transferred. This is consistent with the idea that incremental progression up the pay band should be linked to experience and skills gained in the role. MPH does not have such a local policy (though YDH does) and it is something that we want to negotiate with the employer.

In many cases, what may have started out as a great opportunity to try new things and develop new skills, has now evolved to effectively become an expectation of the role. Ask yourself the question what would happen if all Band 2 HCAs stopped doing clinical tasks. As more and more of these tasks get delegated to HCAs, and as HCAs play an increasingly indispensable part of the team delivering patient care, it is time for this to be properly documented and recognised in the pay and grading for the role.

NVQ3 may be a good indicator of the skills that you should have, but it does not in itself represent a minimum entry bar to Band 3. You can demonstrate equivalent knowledge and experience in the relevant skills required for the role. Your competence can be demonstrated, for instance, through supervision and practice, or by on-the-job learning and going on specific short courses.

#FairPayForHCAs

#FairPayForHCAs

As the UK's largest trade union, representing all health care workers, UNISON members are campaigning for Fair Pay for HCAs.

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