A Message from the Branch Secretary

UNISON Leeds Teaching Hospitals Branch represents over 4,500 members working for the Leeds Teaching Hospital's that includes St James's, Leeds General Infirmary, Chapel Allerton, Wharfedale Hospitals and Leeds Dental Institute. We also represent employees working at Trust Satellite Units. We actively campaign for high quality services in the NHS and voluntary sector. We feel that a good working environment is essential to delivering high quality care.


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Workers Memorial Day - 28 April 2017


A minute's silence followed by short speeches from Hilary Benn MP, and Judith Blake, Leader of the Council. UNISON Leeds Teaching Hospitals Branch will be laying a wreath.

UNISON members are invited to meet at St Anne's Cathedral at 11.30 am and march down to the stone to reach the Art Gallery for 11.45 am



Regional Young Members AGM and Comedy Night - 22 April( 10/04/17)

Young Members Comedy Night

The regional group will be having their AGM followed by an evening of politically inspired comedy at 4pm on Saturday 22nd April in Leeds – we’d love to see you there.

Contact George on g.ayre@unison.co.uk or
Jo on j.turnbull@unison.co.uk or 0113 218 2322


Help Jon Pickett raise funds for the Brian Tumour Charity (10/04/17)

Jon Pickett



Everyone talks about personal challenges but in March 2016 I experienced someone undertaking the ultimate personal challenge, that person was my Auntie Ann.  She was that person every family has, the one who always seemed to be in control, held everyone together and always told you the truth whether you wanted it or not!   She always reminded us that as a family “we could do it”.

So what was Auntie Ann’s personal challenge?  Well it was one that I wish she hadn’t had to take, but one I’m tremendously proud to have witnessed. 

The challenge was when diagnosed with a Terminal Grade 4 malignant Glioblastoma Brain Tumour what decision did she make (operation or not) and how did she deal with the consequences of that decision?

Faced with that sort of choice I’d expect most people to be bitter, lost, overwhelmed and probably abdicate responsibility to the medical experts.

Well if that’s what most people would do Auntie Ann was obviously not “everyone”.  She was calm, considered the pros and cons before deciding no operation and quality time with her family.  To be honest what she really meant was she wanted time to tell us to make the most of opportunities, remind us  family and friends are important and just generally boss us about.  She also insisted that irrespective of the time the “experts” had given her she was in charge and would, despite their doubts, see her next birthday.

In true Auntie Ann style that’s exactly what she did.  Any attempts to celebrate her birthday early were met with an intimidating stare and the comment she would be around to celebrate the real date.  I don’t know why I doubted her, I’d known her long enough to know that she always did what she said.  So when she was told a minimum of 7 weeks to live but survived16 weeks I should have expected it.

She rallied enough to celebrate her birthday surrounded by family and friends, passing away 2 days after her birthday having delivered on her self imposed challenge.

For us as a family it was a difficult time and we all dealt with her loss in our own way, but we all regularly mentioned hearing Auntie Ann saying “ we can do it”. 

It was this that led us to thinking what as a family we could do to honour her memory.  Despite most of the family not being very energetic/sporting we decided on something active.  Quite where the idea for a 127 mile bike ride came from I have no idea. I also have no idea whether we all said yes or if it just happened because no one said no? However it has happened and we are  signed up to doing the 127 mile challenge, having done half of the route as a “trial run” I can definitely say it will be a challenge.

To help us ensure we do it some big incentives were going to be required.  That’s where the sponsorship idea came from.  What better way to be motivated than to know it’s raising money for research into the illness that took Auntie Ann from us.  If that wasn’t enough of an incentive finding out that Brain Tumour charities are some of the worst funded charities certainly was. 

So in May this year I, along with other members of my family, will be  cycling the Leeds Liverpool canal.  Well anyone who knows me will guess we’ll by cycling back to Leeds rather than away from our home city.

We hope our efforts might in some small part improve the future treatment available to others.  Maybe it might even mean someone else’s family won’t have to suffer  like ours did.

Any help, support and sponsorship will be very much appreciated.   All donations are in aid of The Brain Tumour charity and can be made on the link below.



NHS Bursaries: Help us campaign to reinstate them (24/02/17)

The government laid the statutory instrument (SI) on Thursday 9 February which effectively abolishes bursaries by enabling NHS students to access tuition fees and loans. We’ve been working with the Labour party to table an Early Day Motion – which was tabled Monday – to pray against the SI. This should hopefully force a debate on the issue in the Commons.

We’ve setup a template letter that people can send to their MP encouraging them to sign the EDM. Please can you push it out through your networks and encourage your members to write to their MP?



Urgent: Important information required! (03/02/17)


We are currently updating our membership systems and have noted some members have out of date details. This could apply to you, if you have:

  • Moved house since joining UNISON
  • Changed job role within the last 2 years
  • Moved workplace within the last five years

We urgently require these details to make the necessary changes to our membership system. Please contact the Branch Office at your earliest convenience on 0113 2064369 or email details to unison.sjuh@nhs.net

Doncaster Raceday is back! (02/02/17)

Doncaster Racesday 2017


New Branch Office address

UNISON Branch Office (as of 15th June 2015)
Level 1
Room 039/040
Beckett Wing
St James's Hospital
Leeds, LS9 7TF

Telephone: 0113 20 64369
Fax: 0113 2066786
Email: unison.sjuh@nhs.net


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Urgent: All UNISON members

For future consultation requirements it's important that you update us if you any of your details have changed. If you have moved house, changed workplace, changed your name or any contact details please email the branch on unison.sjuh@leedsth.nhs.uk or call 0113 2064369.


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