NHC UNISON - Northumbria Healthcare Employees

Who We Are

UNISON is the UK’s largest healthcare  union and UNISON Northumbria Healthcare Employees Union represents thousands of members working for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Our members include nursing staff, allied health professionals, ancillary staff, admin and clerical staff, craft and maintenance staff, healthcare scientists and even managers.

And that’s not all of us!


Our members work in Alnwick Infirmary, Berwick Infirmary, Blyth Community Hospital, Haltwhistle Hospital, Hexham General Hospital,  Morpeth NHS Centre, North Tyneside General Hospital, Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Rothbury Community Hospital, Wansbeck General Hospital, Cobalt Business Park, Whalton Unit and Trust workplaces throughout the community.

Looking after people at work

We represent our members in many ways, offering help and advice at work, raising your professional/local concerns or by highlighting issues that will affect all health workers at a national level. We work together to make sure our members’ concerns are heard – whether it’s about pay, health and safety, professional issues, discrimination or the future of our NHS.

Looking after the NHS

But there is more to UNISON than looking after people at work. We care passionately about the future of the NHS as a publicly funded service that is free at the point of delivery. This makes campaigning to stop the increasing involvement of the private sector in the provision of health care services a priority for us.

UNISON works:

  1. to organise all those employed in the health service and to promote the advancement and spreading of knowledge among members within the Group
  2. to achieve equal access to the health service for all and to promote the maintenance and improvement of standards and competence among all health sector workers
  3. to provide and maintain educational facilities to support the maintenance and improvement of professional standards and competence and to encourage members to participate in them
  4. to improve standards of conduct and levels of competence among health care workers by promoting greater employee, consumer and user involvement and representation in the delivery of health care
  5. with all other interested parties, individuals and organisations to maintain and improve the quality of health care services to the public
  6. to ensure that health care continues to be provided in a manner consistent with the founding principles of the NHS, free at the point of delivery and without recourse to the introduction of market mechanisms or the involvement of the private sector
  7. to provide indemnification and protection of members against claims of professional malpractice, whist ensuring that employers continue to remain vicariously liable for the actions of their staff
  8. to negotiate pay and conditions of service on behalf of its members
  9. to promote professional and occupational standards
  10. in partnership with the Employer and other bodies including Education establishments to create and develop opportunities for life long learning and the knowledge and skills framework

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