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UNISON is the UK’s largest health union. Over 400,000 members work for the NHS and for private contractors providing NHS services.

More than 60,000 UNISON members work in the NHS in Scotland. Our members working in the health service include nurses, student nurses, midwives, health visitors, healthcare assistants, paramedics, occupational therapists, cleaners, porters, catering staff, medical secretaries, clerical and admin staff and scientific and technical staff.

See also important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies.

How we organise – Standing up for Scotland’s health service workers

UNISON organisers and activists work together to make sure our members’ concerns are heard – whether it’s about pay, health and safety, discrimination or the future of our NHS.

UNISON represents our members working in health services in Scotland in many ways:

  • Offering help and advice at work;
  • Lobbying the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government on issues our members care about;
  • Having a strong voice on the Scottish partnership organisations, which negotiate terms and conditions issues for NHS Scotland staff;
  • Raising our members professional/local concerns or by highlighting issues that will affect all health workers at a national level.
  • Standing up for Scotland’s health service

But as well as representing our members in the workplace – UNISON cares passionately about the future of the NHS as a publicly funded service that is free at the point of delivery. The NHS is a public service we can all be proud of, and UNISON wants to keep it that way.


Coronavirus latest

Scottish Health Awards 2021

UNISON Scotland is supporting this year's Scottish Health Awards. These awards recognise those that go above and beyond to improve ... Read More

Tackling mental health at work – new resources for branches

Two new reports from UNISON Scotland launched in The Herald on Sunday (1 August) are about supporting branches to tackle ... Read More

Scottish government self-isolation rules are not an appropriate or well evidenced response to address the current staffing crisis

UNISON’s statement was made following the Scottish government’s publication of new self-isolation rules providing an exemption for critical staff, published ... Read More

e- brief UNISON Health Team meet the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care

This week UNISON Scotland health activists and staff met with the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza ... Read More

Student paramedics to receive a bursary equal to nurses and midwives is welcomed by UNISON campaign

UNISON has been campaigning with Pay Student Paramedics Campaign for many months for paramedic students in Scotland to receive an ... Read More

UNISON calls for student paramedics to get bursary equal to nurses and midwives

UNISON Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to provide student paramedics with a bursary equal to nurses and midwives ... Read More

NHS Scotland Pension Contributions 2022

UNISON will be consulting with members this summer about proposed changes their pension contributions. The NHS Pensions Scheme (Scotland) Scheme ... Read More

UNISON WEEK 316 – Women’s Health, Tribunal victory & more

UNISON WEEK 316 - Women's Health, Tribunal victory & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Update on Pay 2021

Members' June pay should reflect the new pay rates agreed in May. The pay uplift is backdated until December 1st ... Read More

Education staff aged 18-29yrs asked to register for vaccination by 4 June

All education staff aged 18-29 years are being asked to please register for your vaccination by 4th June to ensure ... Read More

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Latest briefings and submissions

e- brief UNISON Health Team meet the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care

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This week UNISON Scotland health activists and staff met with the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza ...
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FOI Briefing – Introducing FOI / Free Training / Scottish Public Information Forum

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It is simple and straightforward for anyone to use their information rights and make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request ...
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CPAG guidance on benefits and £500 bonus

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This guide outlines how the £500 bonus for health and care staff affects those who receive Scottish and UK benefits ...
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NHS Pension Update McCloud Judgement: decision announced on remedy

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The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) has published a new circular which lays out the UK government’s decision on remedying ...
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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill consultation

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UNISON Scotland thinks incorporation of the UNCRC into law is insufficient. For children to exercise their rights in practice requires ...
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NHS Pensions: Response UK Treasury Re McCloud Judgement

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The Treasury is consulting on proposals to remedy the issues raised by the McCloud judgement.  UNISON submitted a UK response ...
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