Tuesday 27 November 2007
Minister to endorse first NHS learning agreement in NHS Highland
Scotland's first NHS learning agreement will be signed in Inverness
next week. The ground-breaking pact will boost staff training and
support in NHS Highland.
The learning agreement between NHS Highland and trade unions UNISON,
Unite and the RCN means union reps will get time, training and support
to offer help and advice to staff about training and learning opportunities
- especially for those who have not traditionally accessed it.
Minister for Schools and Skills Maureen Watt and STUC General Secretary
Grahame Smith will witness the signing at the Centre for Health
Sciences at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness at 1.00pm on Monday December
The agreement will be signed by Nigel Small, Employer Chair of
NHS Highland's Learning and Development Committee, and Adam Palmer,
Trade Union Chair of the Learning and Development Committee on behalf
of the Unions who are signatories to the Agreement- UNISON, Unite
and the Royal College of Nursing Scotland (RCN). (Adam is also the
UNISON Highland Health Branch Secretary).
The event will form part of a day-long programme (from 10.00am
- 3.00pm) of workshops and stalls where NHS Highland's Union Learning
Reps will be discussing the way forward to promote learning in the
workplace. Some of these Learning reps will be available for comment
Also signing the agreement on behalf of the unions will be Matt
Smith Scottish Secretary UNISON, Rab Wilson, Regional Officer Unite
(Amicus), Jim Aitken Unite (T&G) and Katie Rae, Head of Institue
from the RCN.
Stalls will be present from; - WEA, the STUC, and ILA (Individual
Learning Accounts). You are invited to attend the signing and send
photographers/camera crew. Please contact Philippa Clark (Trade
Unions) or Gill Keel (NHS Highland) (below) to arrange attendance.
If you wish to arrange an interview with Minster for Schools and
Skills Maureen Watt please contact Brendan Rooney in the Scottish
Government Press office on 0131 244 2960.
For Further Information Please Contact: Philippa Clark
(UNISON Lifelong learning) 01463 715 891(w) or 07983 636553 (m)
Gill Keel (NHS Highland) 01463 704775(w) Eunice Cameron (NHS Highland)
01463 704774(w) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0870 7777
006(w) 0771 558 3729(m) Judy Fulton (RCN Communications Officer)
0131 662 6138 (w) 07962 801 005