BBR Revised Core Principles

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As you will be aware the Trust is taking a fully engaged, transparent and collaborative approach to changing rotas through Building Better Rotas (BBR) project. 

During this process last year the Trust and UNISON worked collaboratively to define a set of core principles to provide a set of guidelines to support local working parties and assist in generating rotas within defined clear boundaries, due to there being no pre-determined outcomes. 

As a result of the positive joint decision made by both EEAST and UNISON to change the previous approach and offer the choice of having relief or no relief in core rotas to employees , a joint review of the Core Principles has now been completed to include the new options already shared with you as follows;

1. 7 Day fully flexible relief
2. Fixed rest day rota pattern
3. No relief in core rotas (rolling gap rota pattern)
(To reassure staff, this will NOT be facilitated by utilising pre-planned annual leave in rotas, a method being used in other ambulance trusts)

These revised core principles have been developed collaboratively by the Building Better Rotas Working Group which consists of operational management, Project managers/support ,UNISON representatives and HR advisors and in close conjunction with our consultants Working Time Solutions (WTS). They are informed from various external sources including:

  • EU Working Time Directive regarding safe working practices and statutory requirements

    • The Working Time Regulations (1998) that implement the European Working Time Directive into GB law
    • Health and Safety Executive who is responsible for the enforcement of the maximum weekly working time limit, night work limits and health assessments for night work
    • National terms and conditions of service handbook in regard of the standard working day/week
  • Section 2 and Annex 5 in regard of the assessment and payment of work outside of normal hours
  • Trust relief working policy.

The revised Core Principles are available for download below.


Published 16th May 2019


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