Plymouth Health Branch, Derriford Branch Office The office is open on Monday 2nd and Friday 6th - Dean Bromwich - GMB Organiser will be on site to support NHS members. Dean will happily advise Serco members but may not be in a position to support any formal meetings. Serco formal meetings will be support by another officer. If you email, please be patient, we will respond as soon as possible. Urgent issues please give the GMB office a call 01752 660219 - Thanks
Posted: 29th August 2019
NHS Pensions - GMB Update
Posted: 28th August 2019
FAO GMB Trade Unions Serco Members at Derriford Hospital. Charlene may not be available this coming week. If you have any work related issue please contact the Branch office on Level 9 at Derriford Hospital. If the office is not open please leave a phone message on the office number 01752 439274 (internal 39274). - Please leave your name, your place of work, your contact phone number. It would also help if you could give your GMB membership number. Thanks. Any pre-arranged meetings with Charlene may need to be rearranged. This won't be a problem so please be patient. Thanks
Posted: 18th August 2019
https://worksmart.org.uk/work-rights/hours-and-holidays/holidays/can-my-employer-make-me-work-bank-holidays Can my employer make me work Bank Holidays?
Posted: 17th August 2019
The GMB Trade Union are delighted to have reached agreement with Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) to be included as one of the recognised Trade Unions. This is a great opportunity to pursue our joint ambitions and to provide support to each organisation’s campaigning and strategic priorities. GMB Representatives and its members can now play an active part in this organisations Trade Unions joint consultation and negotiating forums. Being part of the recognition agreement will help our new Representative, David Cousins, in RCHT introduce the GMB Trade Union to NHS Staff and contracted services staff at the RCHT and help them organise all NHS staff who are already part of, or just entering, the National Health Service. Be part of the GMB at RCHT - The Trade Union for NHS Staff, join us www.gmb.org.uk/join
Posted: 2nd August 2019
GMB Union Plymouth Health Branch P19's cover photo
Posted: 28th July 2019
Beat the Heat: Tips for Staying Cool in the Workplace Water Bottle staying cool With summer upon us and temperatures on the rise, staying cool has become a top priority. Whether you’re in the office or on site, it’s important not to get overheated or dehydrated. We’ve gathered some simple tips to help you stay cool: Wear light clothes In the summer, both lightweight and light-coloured clothes are best for surviving the heat. Natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk are best because they absorb sweat, and its evaporation will help you stay cool. Artificial fabrics such as polyester and rayon tend to be heavier and aren’t so absorbent. While dark colours absorb light and heat, lighter colours reflect it. If you must wear a suit, try one that’s white or light grey instead of black or navy blue. The same goes for shirts and blouses. Cover up It may sound counter-intuitive, but wearing more clothing can actually help keep you cool. Many people living in the hottest regions of the world will cover themselves from head to toe as it keeps their skin shaded and protects them from the sun. Make sure you wear loose clothes to allow air to circulate. Close the window While a breeze is always nice, all you’re doing by opening the window is letting in hot air, unless it’s significantly cooler outside. Even worse, if you’re in an air-conditioned office then you’re letting the cool air out. Drawing the blind to keep the sun out can also help to lower temperatures indoors. Stay hydrated When it’s hot outside, you sweat more and lose fluids. Drinking water will keep you healthy and cool. There are other ways that water can ease the heat. A few cool drops on your wrists and the back of your neck can help lower your body temperature. Alternatively, keep a spray bottle on hand and give yourself a nice mist every hour. Follow the sun If you’re going to be on site, or you know you have to do something physically strenuous, try to schedule it for first thing in the morning while it’s still a bit cooler. The longer the sun is up the hotter it gets, and so it becomes more likely you’ll overheat. If you can, avoid going out between 10am and 3pm, when it’s hottest. And if you’re outside, don’t forget the sunscreen. Stay down Heat rises, so the lower you go the cooler it gets. If your building has a basement, grab a laptop and work down there. Even going one floor down can make a big difference. Eat small meals That nice warm feeling that comes after a big meal isn’t just in your head. When you eat a large meal, your body must work harder to digest it, pushing your metabolism into overdrive. Try to have small snacks throughout the day instead of larger meals and you’ll feel much cooler. Avoid caffeine While many simply can’t function without their daily fix, forgoing your morning tea or coffee can help you stay cool. Caffeine increases your heart rate and blood flow and speeds up your metabolism, all of which raises your body temperature. The same goes for beverages with a high sugar content, which can have similar effects. Frozen treats So what snacks are best for keeping you cool? Ice cream and ice lollies certainly work, but frozen fruit is a much healthier choice. Pop some watermelon or pineapple slices or some grapes into the freezer and a few hours later you’ll have a sweet, cold and healthy treat. Frozen lemon and lime slices are also great for keeping your drinks cool and refreshing. Avoid hot devices Phones, tablets, laptops and other devices are all made of metal, which absorbs heat. Worse than that, portable devices all have batteries that can overheat, especially in the summer. Try to keep your devices in bags, away from your skin and out of your pockets. If you work on a laptop, try using an external keyboard. Otherwise, the components most likely to overheat will be right under your fingertips.
Posted: 19th July 2019
Serco TUPE. - GMB Open forums today. Today our meeting was well attended and a was a very constructive and open meeting. We hope that those attended took something useful away from the meeting. Over the coming weeks we will plan some further meetings for you all. Recognised Trade Unions, GMB and Unison, consultation with Serco and UHPT Derriford is ongoing and as we get information we will communicate that information to our members via facebook, branch website and possibly Twitter (if appropriate). The information which may be useful for you all can be found on our Branch Website www.gmb-plymouth-health.com/category/news/
Posted: 18th July 2019
Dear Serco Members As you know Serco hotel services will be transferring (under TUPE) into the NHS on 1 October 2019. Hopefully you would have had the opportunity to attend the Serco/NHS led workshops that have been on-going since mid-June and you may have seen GMB representatives at those meetings. Formal TUPE consultation has not yet commenced with the recognised Trade Unions however, the initial consultation meeting with Serco and UHPT (Derriford) is planned on 17th July 2019 and we expect it to be the first of a number of meetings with us. In order to ensure you have the most up to date information we would like to invite GMB members to a meeting with Officers and Representatives at Derriford Hospital, Post Graduate Medical Centreon the 18th July from 13:00hrs onwards. We will host further meetings during July, August and September. Those dates will be advertised as soon as suitable venues can be booked. The purpose will be to address any concerns and questions you may have about the pending transfer. Pay is very likely to be something which members will want to have absolute assurances on and that the transfer is going to work and support you. We will try our best to ensure there are minimal issues and disruption to you as a consequence. Currently a number of you pay your membership subscriptions through your wages. We try to encourage all of our members to pay by direct debit so if you pay your membership through your wages there will be an opportunity at this meeting for you to switch to monthly direct debit payments. Should you wish to do this now please call 02920 491260 and the switch can be made instantly. Branch website: www.gmb-plymouth-health.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Branch Office: 01752 439274 - Leave your name, membership number and contact details Join GMB: www.gmb.org.uk/join
Posted: 2nd July 2019
https://www.gmb-plymouth-health.com/serco-are-leaving-tupe-information/ From the 1st October 2019 The Services contract will be TUPE transferred back into the NHS at Derriford Hospital. Please read the Workshop timetable and the latest briefings.
Posted: 20th June 2019
Outside the Trade Union - GMB Branch office on level 9 at Derriford Hospital - Monday 17th June - 10am - midday. Any questions? HOLIDAY PAY TO INCLUDE OVERTIME ARE YOU EMPLOYED IN THE NHS UNDER AGENDA FOR CHANGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS? DO YOU REGULARLY WORK OVERTIME? IS THE OVERTIME INCLUDED IN THE CALCULATION OF WHAT YOU ARE PAID WHEN ON ANNUAL LEAVE? The recent Court of Appeal judgment in the case of: East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust –v- Neil Flowers & Others  EWCA Civ 947 - has confirmed that if you regularly work overtime, whether mandatory, end of shift or shift over-runs, your employer should be considering that when calculating your annual leave pay. GMB representatives are currently working with Trusts to resolve this issue. If you believe that you are not being paid correctly when on annual leave you need to contact your local GMB representative immediately for a form to assess whether or not you have a potential claim. Not a GMB member? Join today – www.gmb.org.uk/join Want to be a GMB Rep in your workplace? Email NHS@gmb.org.uk GMB Membership Subscriptions 1 Oct 2018- Sept 2019 Rates for GMB membership will be: - Full time - Grade 1 = £3.15 per week (£13.70) pm Part time - Grade 2 = £1.83 per week (£7.96) pm GMB Branch office, 01752 439274. (ext. 39274) Any GMB Rep.
Posted: 16th June 2019
If you are an NHS employee on Agenda for Change terms and conditions, you work regular overtime and think you may be affected by this, please contact your officer or branch representative.
Posted: 12th June 2019
Trade Unions and professional bodies all have different types of membership, different levels of Free and add-on benefits and membership costs. When thinking of joining a Trade Union consider a Union which is active in your workplace. By active we mean, do you see Reps around in the workplace representing and communicating with you and your colleagues? Do you see Reps actively recruiting in your workplace and do you see up to date information in and around your workplace (noticeboards)? Is that Trade Union accessible in the workplace? Does that Trade Union play an active part in your workplace negotiating structure. Policies and procedures are part of a Trade Unions business in the NHS and to be able to influence those policies we need a strong workforce and a strong Trade Union membership. Does that Trade Union campaign on behalf of its members? - The 3 year NHS Pay offer was a great example of the GMB trying very hard to make the right choice for its members - The offer was rejected by the GMB National NHS Committee, was rejected by a massive number of its members. GMB were however, outvoted by other Trade Unions but we know that the offer was certainly not the best deal for all of us after years of austerity, pay caps and real term pay cuts. Example; employee who is off work sick for a major operation, whilst off sick the employee now receives basic pay. Before the pay deal was implemented the employee would have received an average wage, including enhanced pay whilst off work for a period of months. Not any more! That has hit our members very hard. The GMB Trade union Reps will advise you of ways you could save money and to get benefits which you would have to pay for. Example; Uniform Tax Allowance, if you work in uniform supplied by your employer and you clean and maintain that uniform then you are likely to be entitled to claim an additional tax allowance. Claiming several years back (6 years). https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/reclaim/uniform-tax-refund/ Join the GMB and help make your place of work better. www.gmb.org.uk/join The GMB has a substantial membership at Derriford Hospital and we will continue to play an active part in representing our members. FINALLY - Don't leave it until you find yourself in trouble before you join US.
Posted: 5th June 2019
Derriford Hospital Joint Trade Unions today supported a mobile information stall outside the main restaurant. Contact your Trade Union REP for any help if you think you are suffering at work as a result of the menopause and symptoms. Guidance from RCN https://www.rcn.org.uk/-/media/royal-college-of-nursing/documents/publications/2017/november/pub-006329.pdf Guidance from TUC; https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/TUC_menopause_0_0.pdf
Posted: 29th May 2019
Problem at work? Always try & speak to your local GMB Rep first Derriford Hospital - see our notice boards, nearly on every floor
Posted: 21st May 2019
What is UnionLine? www.unionline.co.uk 1. A law firm 2. The only law firm in existence wholly owned by Trade Unions 3. Set up to provide legal services fro members and their families 4. Personal injury enquiries 5. Employment enquiries 6. settlement agreements 7. Specialist Wills & Probate Team 8. Criminal & Regulatory Service 9. Family Law Service 10. Conveyancing Services 11. FREE simple will service Unionline is part of your GMB Membership. Please use the service
Posted: 20th May 2019
H&S Training required for the person responsible for this ?
Posted: 18th April 2019
During a recent H&S walk around outside Derriford Hospital GMB & Unite Reps thought these markings didn't look quite right. We would appreciate your views. consider yourself in a vehicle and as a pedestrian. Picture 4. - two lane road. - your a cyclist.
Posted: 18th April 2019