Building Better Rotas: change to voting dates

At the Staff Partnership forum this week (3rd October), it was agreed that the Trust and UNISON will explore options about relief working and planning that the wider ambulance sector is considering implementing.

This means the planned voting at the second half of October will go ahead at a later date so that we can meet other trusts and take a view on whether what they’re working on could be brought to EEAST for staff to consider.

The project is not stopping – rotas will be delivered as agreed in 2019 as an absolute requirement of the commissioning contract and the delivery of the Independent Service Review requirements. The work that will be done imminently on whether other options can be considered for staff will inform final decisions on the rota design.

Staff will also have the final Relief Policy to read before voting takes place, and it’s planned to be shared widely after 18th October.

If you haven’t yet been involved in consultation with Working Party representatives in your area, or want to know more, email, or find in-depth information here on East24. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far and supports their UNISON representatives Michael Whitcombe, Graham Hillman, Jessica Micallef and John Hammond in their work.

Published 4th October 2018


We’re pleased to report that we’re already in contact with other trusts to discuss their relief options and arrangements and, for those who have done some early work on options in rotas such as SCAS, seeing if that could be something we adopt as part of the BBR project.

There isn’t a reset date yet for the revised voting period, but whilst we’re taking the opportunity to consider new options which may be more agreeable to staff, the project must come to fruition next year.

The team working on the BBR project plans to provide more information regularly as we go along, but as always visit the dedicated pages on East24, speaking with your Working Party rep, or email

                                       Published 24th October 2018

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