14th November 2019
Following the meeting held on Friday 8th November 2019 between BCUHB and Staff Side representatives, we jointly agree that the proposed standardisation of Nursing Rosters has been put on hold.
Gary Doherty, Chief Executive
Gill Harris, Deputy Chief Executive / Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery
Sue Green, Executive Director of Workforce and OD
Jan Tomlinson, Unison and TUP Chair
William Nichols, RCN and TUP Secretary
Jackie Hughes, SOR and Independent Member
Ben Bowden, GMB
Alison Pawley, UNITE
Cheryl Brown, Royal College of Midwives
6th November 2019
BCUHB have received a joint letter from Unison, the RCN and Unite requesting that we do not progress with the proposed changes to nurse rotas until further discussions have taken place.
Gary Doherty, Chief Executive of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said:
“We welcome the joint communication from Unison, RCN and Unite. We are absolutely committed to working together with our Trades Union partners. While we focus on our partnership working and how to move forward together, we will not progress the proposed changes. We can also confirm that the agenda for the Extraordinary Local Partnership Meeting to be held on Friday 8th November will be dedicated to this matter.”
30th October 2019
The changes to nursing rotas are intended to protect the health and safety of nursing staff and to ensure that they are deployed in the most effective way. Making sure we have sufficient numbers of appropriately qualified staff to match the demands of our services will help to further improve safety and consistency of care.
There are currently 100 different shift patterns in operation across the Health Board and a variance in unpaid breaks from no unpaid break to one hour 15 minutes.
These changes will standardise shift patterns, handover durations and break durations across all divisions. As well as introducing a consistent system across the Health Board for the first time, we estimate that we will reduce our reliance on agency nursing staff and deliver £527,000 of savings.
These changes will take effect as of January 2020 and the roster period will be extended to 12 weeks from the current four weeks to enable greater forward planning and to extend the period in which contracted hours must be worked.