School Uniform Grants

UNISON have In addition to the normal range of services and in a response to the growing difficulties many members on low income face. A programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasing school uniforms.

For more information and to apply for this grant please use this link:


The Women Chain Makers’ Festival 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 11am-5pm

Cradley Heath High Street B64 5HJ

Step back in time and learn about the Women Chain makers’ from 1910. Join the parade, join the workers picnic (bring a packed lunch), listen to the live music and the different speakers throughout the day. There will also be face painting, circus skills, arts and crafts. A lovely day out for the whole family!

More information can be found at:



NMC Consultation

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched a major consultation on plans for big changes to how nurses are educated and what they can be expected to do once qualified.

Proposals for the new education and assessment standards include:

  • Increasing the limit on the number of practice hours using simulated situations rather than real-life patients from 300 to 1,150 out of 2,300;
  • changes to the system for how students are mentored while on placement;
  • adding prescribing theory to the degree programme.

You can find full details on the NMC website at

Mental Health Matters

UNISON is the largest health union in the NHS and believe that there should be proper support and investment in all mental health services.

There is increased demand and chronic underfunding impacting on the patients who use the services and the staff that provide them.

Do you want to support this UNISON campaign? If the answer is yes please follow this link: There are links to previous articles, you can sign up for updates and help to get our message out!


Health Conference

UNISON’s National Health Conference has started this week in Liverpool, as a branch we have delegates attending and under discussion already is the Health bursary. The removal of the bursary in Autumn this year has already had a disastrous impact on nurse places.

The House of Lords will discuss the 25% drop in nursing degree applications following the proposals. At the same time, Brexit has already reduced European Union migrant nursing and midwifery registrations by more than 90%.

For the full article please visit:

For more information on the issues discussed at conference please visit:

Crisis in Home Care

UNISON has been campaigning on the crisis in homecare for a long time. Due to government cuts, councils are increasingly outsourcing the care of the most vulnerable people in our society – the sick, the old and the disabled. It results in illegally low wages and 15-minute visits.

UNISON have made a short film highlighting this issue you can view it at:

A petition has been started asking for more funding for social care:

Are You a Nursing Associate?

The first 1,000 trainee nursing associates started their training programme in January, and the second 1,000 are due to start in April.

UNISON has set up a Facebook group for trainee nursing associates. It is a closed group so only verified members can join. We hope it will provide a safe space where UNISON trainee nursing associates can interact with each other, and we can engage with them as a group on key issues such as plans for forthcoming NMC regulation.

If you are on the nursing associate programme, please use this link to our nursing associate webpage: From here you can join the closed Facebook Page.

If you are on the programme please also inform your local Branch that your role has changed so we can update the UNISON database.