For some time now UNISON branch has held the belief that the work our inpatient Band 2 health care assistants do is not fully recognised. We believe that the staff our service users spend most time with on the wards do a lot more and are exposed to a lot more, day in day out, than their job description and person specifiactions indicate. We believe under Agenda for Change the post should be re-evaluated and moved up to Band 3.
Our #HCA223 Campaign is our commitment to trying to make this happen.
"HCAs work side by side with some of the most vulnerable and complex people in our society, and so it stands to reason this should be properly recognised and renumerated"
Nick McMaster, Branch Secretary says "It's pretty obvious to me and many of my colleagues that it has never felt right that our health care assistants are on such a low banding. They work side by side with some of the most vulnerable and complex people in our society, and so it stands to reason this should be properly recognised and renumerated. I have been overwhelmed by the support from across the organisation, from people of all bandings who support this improvement for their HCA colleagues."
Currently the campaign is about awareness raising with health care assistants and their supporters being encouraged to have photos taken of them holding our #HCA223 placards to be used across our social media platforms. The placards are attached in this article for downloading. We also ask for everyone to follow us and this campaign via Twitter (@UnisonSPFTComs), Facebook (Unison Sussex Partnership Branch) and Instagram (unison_sussex_partnership).
The next step in our awareness raising is to get quotes from colleagues of HCAs expalining why they support the campiagn. This can be done via a very brief 4 minutes survey monkey questionnaire on: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DMCHW2J
The next stage for Branch will be to gather sufficient evidence to present to the employer in order to get the post re-evaluated. Says Nick "Whilst we cant guarantee we can achieve rebanding, we can guarantee that we will put forward the most compelling and best researched case possible. This will only be done in cooperation with our members, so please do support this campaign."