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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.


Coronavirus latest

New guidance for home and social care staff in Scotland puts home care staff at risk  

UNISON, the trade union representing home and social care workers, are vigorously challenging Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) guidance which was issued ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH STAFF: pausing of work programmes

Health staff: The following programmes are suspended to enable focus on the current crisis: The introduction of the Independent National ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH STAFF: STAC update

Health Staff: This update covers all of work done last week by the Scottish Term and Conditions Committee. Issues covered: ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH STAFF: Joint statement on expanding the nursing and midwifery workforce

Heath staff; This is a joint statement by employers, trade unions and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on expanding ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH STAFF: PPE supply update

Health Staff: This is the latest procurement update. It contains the latest stock information re PPP and logistical updates ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH STAFF:Revised PPE guidance

Health staff: Updated guidance on personal protective equipment has now been published.  This guidance is issued jointly by the Department ... Read More

CORONAVIRIS HEALTH STAFF: PPE LETTER FROM CABINET SECRETARY

HEALTH STAFF:  The cabinet secretary has issued a letter outlining the current position on personal protective equipment (PPE) for health ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH STAFF AND SOCIAL CARE: Forthcoming PPE guidance

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE STAFF: revised Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidance is being issued today, Thursday, via the COVID-19 guidance ... Read More

Promises of protective equipment alone won’t keep people safe

Promises of personal protective equipment (PPE) alone won’t keep NHS, care, police and other essential workers safe, says UNISON today ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH STAFF: 3 STAC Updates

Health staff: The STAC secretariat have been holding daily teleconferences following the cancellation of the March 20th STAC meeting. They ... Read More

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Latest briefings and submissions

Briefing 113 Draft Budget 2020-21

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The Scottish Government draft budget for 2020/21 has been published. The spending total amounts to a real terms increase of ...
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Independent Inquiry: Mental Health Services in Tayside

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The report from the inquiry onto mental health services in Tayside has now been published. This followed serious issues about ...
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Prohibiting Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings

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UNISON generally welcomes the principle of introducing new measures to end the practice of smoking on hospital grounds. We agree ...
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Briefing 108: PUBLIC SERVICE PENSION SCHEME TRANSITIONAL PROTECTION CASES

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On 20 December 2018, the Court of Appeal in Lord Chancellor v McCloud (and others) held that in relation to ...
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UNISON WEEK 261 – SOS: Stressed out Staff in Scotland’s colleges and more …

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Our weekly newsletter covering our new UNISON Scotland report - SOS: Stressed out Staff in Scotland's colleges & more … ...
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UNISON Week 260 – An emergency but no accident, Equal Pay update, HE Consultation & more

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Our weekly newsletter covering our latest Damage Report 'An emergency but no accident', Equal Pay update,  HE Consultation & more ...
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