EMAS make deal with unions to help staff learning

Left to right: Simon Todd of GMB, Paul Brown of Unison, Phil Milligan of EMAS and Irene Murray of the RCN. Picture: Roy Peters Photography
Left to right: Simon Todd of GMB, Paul Brown of Unison, Phil Milligan of EMAS and Irene Murray of the RCN. Picture: Roy Peters Photography

Ambulance bosses and unions have signed a joint learning agreement designed to support staff in developing their skills.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), Unison, GMB and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) put pen to paper on the deal earlier this month, pledging to co-operate on staff training in future.

It outlines the joint commitment to work together to help source learning opportunities of interest to staff, including work or personal interests, and to help frontline crews in their day-to-day experience, which would also aid patients’ experience.

Phil Milligan, chief executive of EMAS, said: “Our service has faced some challenging times over recent years, and one of the ways to move forward from this is through learning and development. That is why the signing of this joint learning agreement is such a significant step.“

Paul Brown, Unison branch secretary at EMAS, said: “It has been good working in partnership between Unison, EMAS and other organisations to be one of the first Ambulance Services to get a Joint Learning Agreement signed. It has taken a lot of hard work and I am proud of our achievement.”

GMB executive lead for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Derbyshire, Simon Todd, said: “The GMB at EMAS were very pleased to endorse all of the hard work our colleagues have done with regard to penning the lifelong learning agreement.

“We welcome any opportunity to collaborate with fellow trade unionists and hope that this agreement will benefit our members by helping them advance their learning skills for their future job progression.”