£172 million in new funding announced to support nurse apprentices training

In this edition of Health News:
  • Find out about the new funding announced to support the training of nurse apprentices in England
  • Find out about the Black health and care workers survey
  • Find out how to help with our hospital car parking campaign, and more
We hope you find this newsletter informative and useful.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

UNISON Health Team

UNISON campaign for apprenticeship funding pays off
£172 million in new funding has been announced to support the training of up to 2000 more nurse apprentices a year in England.

UNISON has been calling for the expansion of nursing apprentices and reform of the system in England so that trusts can use levy funding more effectively to train more apprentices.

This new funding can be accessed by English NHS Trusts to cover more of the costs associated with training nurse apprentices and should enable wider recruitment to improve nurse staffing levels. The UNISON Health Team will produce guidance for branches on how to encourage your trust to access this funding and how to ensure apprentices are paid and supported well.

Read the UNISON response to the announcement
More information about the funding
Survey of Black health and care workers
A number of UK charity organisations which support Black and migrant workers and communities are undertaking a survey of Black health and care workers.

Black health and care workers have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. UNISON has been providing specific support and campaigning for measures to reduce the risk to these groups.

This survey explores these issues and will help inform campaign work and action to help this groups. Please encourage your Black members to take the survey.

Take the survey
Find out more
Keep hospital car parking free (England and Northern Ireland only)
We have updated the hospital car parking campaign page to reflect the fact that hospital car parking should still be free for staff.

There are a number of actions for branches on the campaign page. We have also prepared a template letter for branches to send to the hospital board to challenge the reinstatement of charges.

Please also encourage members and non-members to take our survey.

Read more about our campaign
Take the survey and pass it on
Check your HCPC registration
A small number of paramedics in one employer have found a problem with their registration potentially due to an issue with their direct debit.

We don’t know how widespread this issue is but branches might want to get registrants to check their status. We have raised the issue with the HCPC as a matter of urgency.

Follow our Twitter page for any developments.

HCPC – Check the register


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