Hurry! Maintaining your UNISON Membership after transfer to the National Probation Service or other Probation Providers

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO SWITCH TO DIRECT DEBIT PAYMENT METHOD IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN YOUR MEMBERSHIP. NOTE NO OTHER PAYMENT OPTION IS AVAILABLE AND SOON WE WILL CEASE TO ADD TO THE NUMEROUS REMINDERS .

If you paid for your UNISON subscription through a salary deduction, as shown on your pay slips, after transfer to the NPS or a “Probation Provider”, you will need to switch to paying by Direct Debit to remain a UNISON member. This will be a regular payment from your bank account, and the amount you pay remains the same based on your salary.

All you need to do is log in to our secure website, MyUNISONhttps://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison/ ,and complete a Direct Debit bank instruction. We will not collect a Direct Debit payment until 30 July 2021. Until then, your current employer will process your subscriptions as usual.

If you’ve not used MyUNISON before, you will first need to register. You will need your membership number, if you don’t have this you can get it from your Branch or UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857. You can also contact UNISON Direct to set up your DD Instruction if you prefer.

Further Information on transfer to the NPS or other Probation Provider can be found at:

Probation Service Update Newsletter

Probation Service Update

Probation Service Newsletter

FW: UNISON CPD online survey – for English social worker networks

Social Work England (SWE), the regulator for social workers in England, is consulting on proposed
changes to their requirements for social workers carrying out and recording continuing
professional development (CPD). They are proposing to implement these changes from 1
December 2021.
The Service Group has designed an online survey to get members views on SWE’s proposals.
Branches are asked to email the survey link to their social worker members, encouraging them to
complete it. A model branch email to send to members with the survey link is attached.
The deadline for members to complete the survey is Friday 30 July. Member feedback will help
shape UNISON’s response to SWE on behalf of all our social worker members.


Changes proposed by SWE include:
 increasing the CPD requirement from 1 to 2 pieces per year, with a set theme for 1 piece
 including an element of peer review
 merging the unstructured and structured forms into a single form
 making changes to our validation process, including focusing on specific parts of
the sector (as opposed to a random selection)
This consultation is important for members’ careers. Social workers are required to record CPD
with SWE to renew their professional registration. The consultation comes at a time when social
workers are under immense caseload and workload pressure, exacerbated by the pandemic.
Changes to working practices such as home working have reduced opportunities for peer support.
The survey results and UNISON’s response to SWE will be circulated to branches in due course.
Many thanks for your help.
With best wishes
Jon Richards
National Secretary
Local Government, Police and Justice Section

TAKE OUR SURVEY HERE: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90355378/Social-Work-England-CPD
Your feedback will help shape UNISON’s response to SWE on behalf of all our social worker
members
We will share the UNISON consultation response with members.
SWE aim to publish their consultation response and updated policy in autumn 2021. The new
requirements will come into effect from 1 December 2021, after 2021 registration renewal. This
means any changes will not affect this year’s renewal or CPD requirements. The requirement for
registration in 2021 is one piece of CPD.
If you want to view SWE’s full consultation proposal here is the link:
https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/about/consultations/cpd-consultation/

LFA Money Talk – Financial Newsletter

URGENT – CRC Bulletin -Challenging the Downgrading of Roles in NPS

Interventions Management Down-banding

Citizenship Issue re sharing of NHS data

UNISON have published some information on this and you can read more here https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2021/06/unison-joins-the-fight-over-proper-use-of-health-data/

However please note that the date has now been put back from 1 July to 1 September 2021 as detailed here. https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research . This link also gives a bit more information too.

In simple terms if this is of concern to you then you can opt out of the data sharing.

Survey of all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Probation Staff working for a CRC

CRC Members: Concerns about Role Alignment Process – Submitting an Appeal

The attached bulletin from UNISON and Napo advises members who fall into one of the three categories below to submit an appeal to protect their position going forward.

1.         People aligned to a role that is not banded, both in unpaid work and corporate services.

2.         Staff aligned to jobs that just don’t feel right. e.g. Corporate services admin aligned to case admin. Admin/reception aligned in to HR type admin roles.

3.         Staff where there is a mistake in the letter which is both obvious or not.

NPS Sessional Staff Furlough Payment

Are you a UNISON member who worked as external sessional staff (i.e. not current NPS employees) who lost earnings as a result of covid-related changes to working patterns during 2020?

The civil service guidance on this is attached. Please note that this scheme was time limited in 2020 and is no longer in place.

UNISON can follow up any individual cases with the NPS for members who are external sessional workers and who believe that they suffered a loss in income during the first covid lockdown in 2020.

Please contact the branch if you feel your case warrants investigation at unison20085@hotmail.co.uk

Pay Claim 2021

NPS Update Newsletter

Review of Probation Delivery Levels – Position Statement as of w/c 26 April 2021

NPS Civil Service Nationality Requirements

Dear Colleagues

CRC staff who do not meet the nationality requirements for civil service employment face likely dismissal from NPS following the transfer on 26 June 2021. CRCs were asked to identify such staff to HMPPS last year and now we understand that meetings have been convened with affected CRC staff to explain this position to them.

Branches are asked to let this office know if there are any UNISON members affected by this. Members who find themselves in these circumstances should reserve their position and not enter into any agreements with their CRC or the NPS without first taking advice from UNISON.

Any members affected should as a matter of urgency contact the branch via email unison20085@hotmail.co.uk

Survey of all Black, Asian and Minority Ethic Staff working in the National Probation Service

International Workers Memorial Day 28th April – 2 TUC events

11am on the 28th April

Bolton Town Centre

Wreaths will be laid by

Unison Local Government Branch

Unison Health Branch

Bolton TUC

Yasmin Qureshi Bolton SE MP

7:30 pm on the 28th April

Bolton TUC hold a discussion to remember those lost and suffering because of uncaring employers

Chair Andrea Egan

Panel

Shelly Asquith.  Health, Safety & Wellbeing Officer TUC

Janet Newsham. GM Hazards

Claire Miller. Mental Health Social Worker.  UNISON Rep

Holly Turner.  NHS Nurse GMB Rep

Position Statement and Probation Supervision Exceptional Delivery Model

Please note this is applicable to the NPS and will apply to all post restructuring

Please find attached the agreed position statement, which goes hand in hand with the revised Probation Supervision EDM formerly called OM EDM. The COVID home risk checklist and the standard home visit risk assessment are now live on Equip. The PS EDM will also be uploaded onto the Teams EDM library.

Online Covid19 Response fund now open again

Dear Colleague

We’re pleased to announce that members can once again apply online to the CoVid Response Fund.  By way of reminder, members who are in financial difficulties as a result of CoVid could be eligible for a grant of up to £500.

The application process is straightforward however anyone who cannot apply online can email covidgrantenquiries@unison.co.uk and we will arrange for a form to be posted to them.

There will be many who are struggling at this present time and in need of help.  We would therefore appreciate if you could do all you can to ensure your members are aware of the help that is available. We will also be carrying out various promotion activities over the coming weeks. 

Please also remind members who are completing applications to ensure they include relevant supporting documents to avoid any delays to their application.

For more information go to: https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/financial-assistance/ 

Kind regards

UNISON There for You

Maggie Newell

Support Service Team Leader

Web: www.unison.org.uk/thereforyou

Address: UNISON There for you, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY

‘There for you’ is the working name of UNISON Welfare a charity registered in England and Wales 1023552 and Scotland 38305