Welcome to the big picture!

Representing members in Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire, UNISON Great Western Ambulance Branch owes its strength to nearly 900 members - over 700 of whom work providing A&E services.  Our members include staff in patient transport services, ambulance crews, paramedics, ECAs, nurses, ECPs, control and call centre staff, out-of-hours/urgent care staff, headquarters, team leaders and managers, admin and support workers.  Our members have chosen to join UNISON to work collectively in pursuit of service improvements and the working conditions all ambulance staff deserve.

We also represent UNISON members who work for NHS Direct, 111, Harmoni and private ambulance companies in the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire area, as well as students training for a prehospital career.

The Branch was commended at a review by UNISON.  Not only do we have a greater proportion of UNISON members than any other workplace in the south west, but we deal with more issues per member than any other branch.

If you are not a member yet, join us today and be part of an even stronger branch, fighting in UNISON with your colleagues for a better ambulance service for all.  For details of our national and local campaigns, please click here.

Use this website to keep up to date with ongoing activities and negotiations.  Click on "News and Archive" for the latest information.  This website will minimise rumour and misinformation and enable you to have more understanding of and involvement in UNISON's everyday activities. We are optimistic that this will enhance mutual appreciation and respect for all during the difficult period as we adjust to being acquired by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.


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For urgent help and advice at work 
contact the UNISON Branch Helpline on 07590 229439
 as soon as possible

Your call will be transferred to the duty steward who will arrange for your issue to be handled by the most appropriate member of the branch team.

You may need to leave an answerphone message with your contact details.  DO NOT send a text to the helpline as text messages cannot be diverted.