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Unsocial Hours Preference Survey

29 September 2017

The Trust is undertaking a review of the current Unsocial Hours’ Policy, with the aim of implementing changes by Monday, 2 April 2018. As part of this process, the Unsocial Hours Working Group (membership has representation from union staff-side and management) is seeking to canvass people’s views on what options they would prefer to work, in line with NHS Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions related to USH.

Unsocial HoursFeedback from the preference survey will also be utilised to inform the review of rotas currently underway across the Trust. The working group recognises the importance and impact of unsocial hours upon staff working in the ambulance service, so we are looking at this as an opportunity to do things differently and hopefully better too.

Full Rotation (24/7)

Currently, this is the most common shift pattern. The staff on this pattern will work Monday to Sunday, with a balance of shifts undertaking day/late/nights as per the rota. The unsocial hours will be paid as per the NHS Agenda for Change Annex 5 (previously known as Annex E) in line with other ambulance trusts across the country and will receive the full 25 per cent unsocial hours’ payments.

No Nights (Monday – Sunday)

This shift pattern will work only days and lates from Monday to Sunday. This pattern will include some unsocial hours and so will receive appropriate payments for this. This will be as per the NHS Agenda for Change Annex 5.

Monday to Friday

This shift pattern will only work Monday to Friday day shifts and will cover minimal unsocial hours (bank holidays). This will attract unsocial hours’ payments in line with Annex 5 for any bank holidays worked. This will be as per the NHS Agenda for Change Annex 5.

Permanent Relief

Your shifts will be planned a minimum of four weeks in advance and will be available Monday to Sunday for a day, late or night shift. If this option is taken up by enough staff, then it will be planned on a rostered rest-day basis. Rostered rest days is a rota-based system that identifies your rest days in advance, and shift times will be planned a minimum of four weeks in advance. These rostered rest days could also follow the team-based pattern, ensuring working relationships with colleagues are maintained. It is recognised that these staff will often work more than 21 unsocial hours per week on average. Due to this, the relief rota will be paid as per the NHS Agenda for Change section 2a. This will allow staff to be paid for the unsocial hours worked. The table below describes the unsocial hours payments:

Pay Band All time on Saturday (midnight to
midnight) and any week day after 8 pm

All time on Sundays and Public Holidays (midnight to midnight)

1 Time plus 50% Double Time
2 Time plus 44% Time plus 88%
3 Time plus 37% Time plus 74%
4 to 9 Time plus 30% Time plus 60%

Annualised Hours

Staff on annualised hours’ contracts will continue to follow current Trust policies in this area. However, we welcome the views of staff on such contracts to inform discussions and approach for unsocial hours’ payments moving forward. Staff will be able to choose either Section 2a or Annex 5 of Agenda for Change.

Please submit your preferences via . The closing date for the consultation is close of play, Friday, 20 October 2017.


James Pavey, Regional Operations Manager.

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