NHS Birthday Rally, Thursday 5 July 2018

Birthdays are special. This year the NHS is 70 years old and we think that’s something worth celebrating.  We are celebrating the anniversary of the creation of the NHS, the single most loved organisation in the UK and the envy of nations around the world. We are also celebrating the staff who work for the […]

Operating theatre staff celebrated with first national awareness day

An awareness day highlighting the contribution of operating department practitioners (ODPs) to patient care will take place on Monday (14 May), UNISON has announced. The first National ODP’s Day will be marked across the country with activities including operating theatre tours, bake sales, and careers talks at schools. The College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP), […]

Proposed NHS pay agreement to benefit more than a million staff across England

Over a million hospital porters, 999 call handlers, healthcare assistants, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff across England are being offered long overdue pay rises of between 6.5 and 29% over the next three years, say health unions today (Wednesday). Under the proposed agreement – reached after months of negotiation between the unions, NHS employers and the government – hospital […]

General election 2017 – The NHS

With the election upon us UNISON considers its 5 key demands for the NHS: Increase NHS Funding Provide decemt pay and reinstate the NHS bursary Guarantee the right to remain for EU staff Put patients firsts and half privatisation Improve the working lives of health staff On Thursday June 8th use your vote to save our […]

UNISON celebrates Operating Department Practitioners gaining Allied Health Status

UNISON, in partnership with the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP), celebrated today as all Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) move to full Allied Health Professions Status (AHP). This means for the first time that a senior officer within NHS England will represent ODPs. They will now have greater influence over NHS workforce planning, and have […]

Women’s Network AGM Supporting the NHS Rally

This Saturday saw the women’s network AGM being held with some of the best participation to date. We showed our support for the TUC campaign Heart Unions week and then joined colleagues, comrades and members of the public on the NHS march and rally which was held in Newcastle. The turnout was fantastic with an […]

March and Rally for our NHS – Saturday 4th February

Our NHS is now at breaking point and it is time for us to take action.  A march and rally is taking place in support of our NHS on Saturday 4th February in Newcastle.  Assembly is at 11.45 at Framlington Place (adjacent to the RVI) where we will be marching to Greys Monument for a […]

A day in the life of an Operating Department Practitioner

This week one of our members Angela McPhee will be taking over the NHS twitter page. Angela hopes to highlight the work of an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). Angela studied at Northumbria University, qualifying as an ODP in 2011 and started working in anaesthetics for Gateshead Foundation Trust at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. You can follow Angela’s […]