Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

UNISON's Orkney Health Branch would like to wish all their members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Branch officers will be on leave over the festive period but should you require urgent advice or support, please contact UNISON Scotland on
08000 857 857

Members who were unable to attend the drop-in session on 18th November to collect their 2017 diaries should hope to receive them by Friday 23rd December as they will be delivered to your department.  If however you have not received yours, please contact Karen Spence in the New Year.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Win the Cost of Christmas!

UNISON is launching its biggest ever prize giveaway!
To celebrate the launch of UNISON's prepaid card,  they will be making January extra special for one lucky prepaid cardholder and their loved ones by offering a chance to win back the cost of Christmas.
YouGov Survey estimated that the average British household would spend a WHOPPING £796 on Christmas last year… so that’s what UNISON we will load on to the prepaid card of its lucky winner! That’s £796 to spend on anything from grocery shopping through to meals out or to spend in the January sales. Plus, you’ll also earn unlimited cashback on your everyday shopping with your UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback card!


Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, it’s no matter to us because everyone is in with a chance of winning.
All you have to do is apply for your UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback card by clicking the link below before 19th December 2016. If you already have a card, you don’t have to do anything! Please see the prize rules below.
Good luck!
Prepaid Plus Cashback Card – £796 Prize Draw Rules:
1. To be entered into the draw you must successfully apply for a Prepaid Plus Cashback card or be a Prepaid Plus cardholder before 19th December 2016.
2. Entrants must be 18 or over, union members and permanent residents in the UK.
3. The promoter of this offer is Union Income Limited (UI). Employees of Union Income Ltd and any company within the Embignell Ltd group, or their agents or families are ineligible.
4. Entry is strictly limited to one entry per member.
5. Entries must be received by 5pm on 19th December 2016. The draw will take place on 20th December 2016 and the winner will be advised by telephone on 21st December 2016.
6. No responsibility is taken for any entry which due to any circumstances is not delivered or is delayed.
7. There will be one winner and one prize.
8. The winner’s name will be made available for a period of 4 weeks after the draw is made. You can find out who the winner was by sending a stamped addressed envelope to UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback Card Christmas Draw Result 2016, Union Income Limited, 39/51 Highgate Road, London NW5 1RT.
9. The prize is a £796 free load made to your UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback card. There is no cash alternative.
10. Acceptance of the prize will be deemed as permission by the entrant for Union Income Ltd or any company within the Embignell Ltd group to use the winner’s name and photograph in publicity material.
11. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
12. Any tax liabilities incurred through participation in the competition are the responsibility of the entrant.
13. By entering this competition, you agree to these terms and conditions.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Drop-In 18th November 2017

Come along to the Partnership Office in the Balfour Hospital on Friday 18th November from 2pm to collect your 2017 diaries and to speak to your local UNISON representatives.

The Partnership Office is located opposite the UNISON notice board along the corridor to the canteen.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

UNISON's New 'Duty of Care' App launched today

UNISON Scotland has launched an app for nurses so they can use their phone or tablet to register concerns about patient care in Scotland’s hospitals.​

The app – Duty of Care – allows nurses to register their concerns about patient care directly with NHS employers, highlighting issues such as: reduced staffing levels; lack of equipment; care left undone; and violence in the workplace.​
Developed by UNISON Scotland, the app is free and can be used by registered and non-registered nurses.​ It automatically sends a report by email to both UNISON and to the local director of nursing.​

Gordon McKay, chair of UNISON Scotland’s Nursing and Midwifery Committee, said: “In a recent survey, 86 per cent of UNISON nurses told us they had left care undone, while 63 per cent said there were not enough staff on shift to deliver safe and compassionate care.​ I know from speaking to UNISON members across our NHS that many of our members have lost confidence in the current reporting system, because nothing ever seems to change.​ UNISON’s Duty of Care app will give members the tools to quickly and efficiently report their concerns to their local Director of Nursing and with their union, UNISON.​”

Matt McLaughlin, UNISON’s regional organiser, said: “Under the NMC Code, registered nurses have an obligation to raise concerns when they feel that patient safety is compromised.​ But nursing assistants and health care support workers should feel free to express concerns over patient safety as well – they are after all part of the healthcare team.​ As part of our work to campaign and organise members for a better NHS, UNISON will be seeking regular meetings with health boards to discuss concerns raised by our members via the app.​ More importantly, we will be pressing for boards and the Scottish Government to take long-term, positive action in response to our members concerns.​”

To Note:
1.​ UNISON’s Duty of Care app is available on both Apple and Android devices.​
2.​ The app does not replace the current electronic reporting system (Datix) and UNISON members who work in healthcare are encouraged to comply with their employers’ policies and procedures to report professional and clinical concerns.​

Monday, 12 September 2016

UNISON Drop-In session with Sarah Duncan, Regional Representative

Sarah Duncan will be available in the Scapa Room, Balfour Hospital on Friday 16th September from 1:30pm for any member who wishes to speak to her regarding the Reconfiguration Consultation launched on Monday 12th September.
If you cannot attend this drop-in session but wish to speak to one of our officers, please contact us using the details below:
Call/​ Text: 07887 414409

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Interested in Becoming More Involved in Your Union?

Join 1.3 million other people in the UK and get involved with one of the UK’s biggest unions.
We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals willing to volunteer their time to help represent colleagues and be more involved in their local branch.  

Over the past couple of years our committee numbers have depleted, and to ensure that we are able to provide the support required to our members we need more volunteers.

Training can be provided locally and our accredited stewards are always willing to offer support. 

Why get active in your branch
Getting involved in your branch offers a chance for you to influence the decisions of the branch – and in turn make a difference in your workplace.
Volunteering brings personal benefits too:
  • you can get free training and learning opportunities – and time off work while you learn;
  • you gain valuable experience in new areas;
  • you can create a better workplace and better public services;
  • it looks good on your CV
If you are interested in getting more involved and want to find out more, please contact your local branch on 07887414409 or email

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Would you like to win £10,000?

For your chance to win, all you need to do is ensure UNISON has up-to-date contact details for you.
If we can easily contact you we can support you better, and together we will be stronger in UNISON.
This is vital now because unions are under attack as never before.
Click the link to find out more:
The Big ♡ UNISON Prize Draw

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

UNISON Member's Benefits

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Click on the link below to see all of the benefits on offer to our members.

Member benefits: summary

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

UNISON delivers on Low Pay Agenda with £2718 pay increase for members

UNISON has secured another significant breakthrough in the unions attempts to eradicate low pay in the public sector after NHS bosses agreed to undertake a review of the roles and responsibilities of staff on Agenda for Change pay Band 1.

Whilst the terms of the agreement  are still being worked out, the basic principle is that every Health Board, including NHS Orkney, will work with UNISON and other unions locally to review all Band 1 job descriptions and that every opportunity will be taken to expand these to secure a real pay uplift for the lowest paid workers in the NHS.

The agreement which has backing at a political level will ensure that an all band 1 staff who wish to transfer to these extended roles will do so by 1st October, 2016 and will see UNISON members increase from £15,358 to £18,103 after progression and pay uplifts.

The deal which has been negotiated by UNISON will deliver real increases in pay for almost 8000 workers across NHS Scotland

Branch Secretary Karen Spence said, “Once again we’ve shown that UNISON delivers on low pay, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do to ensure that everyone who wants a Band 2 secures the right job description and that for the very small number of people who don’t want a Band 2, that we understand their concerns and protect their position.

It’s important that UNISON members keep up to date with these developments as they progress and we will be in regular contact over the next few months.”