Caring for patients over winter

 Executive Bulletin

Enhanced overtime rates over the festive period

The winter and festive periods can present challenges with balancing demand in our region against staffing levels.

Our forecasting and planning tells us that we need to increase the level of capacity to meet demand.  To support this need we will be offering additional payments for overtime shifts on various dates.

In order to ensure that our staffing levels are balanced, there are a limited number of shifts available to be incentivised.

The payments are available to:

  • Any clinical staff working pre-agreed overtime on an emergency double staffed ambulance
  • PTS staff working overtime providing dedicated urgent vehicle support for A&E
  • Staff working overtime in Call handler, Dispatch, ECAT and TOC roles
  • Staff in support roles who ensure our fleet is ready and available to respond against the operational plan and fleet requirements 
  • Staff working shifts of at least 8 hours 

Eligibility and further information:

  • Only the shifts specified on the table below would attract the additional payments
  • Shifts must be at least 8 hours in length and pre-agreed with local managers/planners in advance
  • Overtime will be paid at the applicable AFC rate
  • All part time, full time and bank staff are eligible for the additional payments
  • The eligibility period will be split into two sections. Shifts worked in December will be paid in January and shifts worked in January will be paid in February.
  • No cancellation of any pre-booked overtime between:
         - 04.12.19 and the 06.01.19 inclusive for December returns
         - and between 01.01.20 and 15.01.20 inclusive for January returns
  • No sickness absence between:
         - 07.12.19 and the 06.01.20 inclusive for December returns
         - and between 01.01.20 and 20.01.20 inclusive for January returns
  • No other absences other than pre-booked annual leave (unless authorised by a line manager)
  • A limited number of shifts by week which attract the additional payments are available, after which, usual AFC overtime rates will apply. These are agreed on a first-come-first-served basis.


Please contact your locality planner to book shifts or speak to your line manager for any further information.

Sincere thanks to all of you for keeping our patients safe.

Trust Executive Team

Shifts eligible for additional payments: 

Date

Additional Payment for OT Shifts £

09/12/2019

50

13/12/2019

50

14/12/2019

100

15/12/2019

100

16/12/2019

150

17/12/2019

100

18/12/2019

100

19/12/2019

100

20/12/2019

200

21/12/2019

200

22/12/2019

200

23/12/2019

250

24/12/2019

300

25/12/2019

300

26/12/2019

300

27/12/2019

250

28/12/2019

200

29/12/2019

200

30/12/2019

200

31/12/2019

300

01/01/2020

200

02/01/2020

200

03/01/2020

200

04/01/2020

200

05/01/2020

200

06/01/2020

150

07/01/2020

100

08/01/2020

50

09/01/2020

50

10/01/2020

100

11/01/2020

100

12/01/2020

100

 

 Published 4 December 2019