Welcome to our website. We are a Health Care Sector UNISON branch with around 1200 members of whom approximately 800 are employed by Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust. Our other members are employed by a wide range of community health care employers across Manchester including Independent Hospitals, Nursing Homes and GP Practices. From January 2015 we have welcomed (back) into our branch members employed by Health Education England, NHS England, Public Health England and the Manchester CCGs. Many of these members used to be in our branch – employed by NHS Manchester or the Strategic Health Authority or the Manchester and Merseyside Deaneries. We’re pleased to have them back with us.
We hope that you find this web site both helpful and of interest. We wish to provide information about the branch and how to access help when you need to, as well as having links to UNISON’s National and Regional Websites, and to organisations campaigning about the NHS and other issues.
In addition we hope to keep you up to date with activities and priorities of the branch. We see this branch as an active, campaigning UNISON branch and hope to provide you with details of upcoming events we will be attending as well as reports, links and photographs as we develop this website.
There is a contact form available for you to contact the website administrators. There are further contact details of branch officers and stewards under the ‘Branch Activists’ tab.
The Branch organised a lobby of the MMHSCT Trust Board meeting on 31st March 2016 outside Chorlton House.
At this meeting MMHSCT announced that despite overwhelming support for all the services, it was going ahead with plans to close all 9 frontline services.
The consultation about these services (though not really about whether they should be closed or not) finished on 21st February. You can view the Branch response to the consultation here: Consultation response
The campaign continues
Following the Trust’s decision to proceed with closing all the 9 services – they are now due to close by mid August – the campaign held an organising meeting on 7th April. This reviewed what we’d done so far, and made plans for further campaigning. The notes are available here.
Write to your councillor in Manchester and to all candidates for election on 5th May
The campaign has produced model letters for you to send to find out what councillors and candidates will do to fight for better mental health services and against the proposed closures. Feel free to adapt these letters.
There are two letters: one for current councillors and one for candidates. If you are a Manchester resident, please use these letters to question sitting and prospective councillors about what they are prepared to do to fight for mental health services.
The list of all candidates is on the Manchester City Council website: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/download/6440/list_of_candidates_standing_in_5_may_2016_local_election_statements_of_person_nominated
The Branch AGMs will be held at three times at three venues, to enable as many members as possible to attend.
Tuesday 15th March, 6pm for buffet, 6.30pm for start of meeting: Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Wednesday 16th March, 12.30pm-2pm, Meeting Room 1, SSHU, Park House, NMGH – snack lunch
Thursday 17th March, 12.30pm-2pm, Seminar Room 2, Laureate House, Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, M23 9LT - snack lunch
You should have received notice of these meetings, and nomination form for Branch Officers and Stewards, and draft Branch Rules. If you haven’t had these, please contact Ben Jackson, Branch Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all the papers for the meeting, click here:
The branch has produced a response to the consultation, which you can view here: Consultation response