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Health educators

UCU is the largest trade union recognised by higher education employers with national collective bargaining rights for health educators.

UCU represents health professionals/educators working in the higher education sector and undertakes a range of activities to support health educators and promote the valuable work they do, for example:

  • organising national conferences for health educator members
  • carrying out regular member surveys to ensure the union is up to date about health educators' professional and industrial concerns
  • hosting a long established health educators' e-network
  • liaising with other health unions with whom we have joint agreements
  • promoting the interests of our members in our liaison with government (UK and devolved nations), and other public bodies.

Important : ImportantLet us know about your life as a health educator

UCU, along with sister health unions, has drawn up a survey to better understand the issues affecting our members in health education.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and let us know about your working life.


 (.pdf) file type icon 10 good reasons for health educators to join UCU (.pdf) [36kb]

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Health Educators' Forum - 17 April 2015

Our April forum was an opportunity for UCU members working in health education to get updates about issues in their sector, and to input into the work of the union in health education. Health Education England will be leading a discussion on the Shape of Caring Review, followed by representatives from sister health unions and the Council of Deans of Health talking about key issues for the year ahead.

The agenda included:

  • Shape of Caring - Dr Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Health Education England
  • Health unions panel - Carmel Lloyd RCM, Louise Coleman SOR, Dr Stephanie Aiken RCN
  • Big issues for the year ahead - Elizabeth Jelfs, Council of Deans of Health 
  • What are the key issues for health educators? - Group discussion

Join UCU's health educators' discussion list
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Health Joint Liaison Committee

The Health Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) exists to ensure effective liaison between all the unions with members employed in academic roles at higher education institutions and who are party to our joint membership agreements. When possible, the committee does not just act as a forum for discussion but tries to encourage concerted action. The JLC meets three times a year.

For further information contact Jenny Lennox, UCU Bargaining and Negotiations Official: jlennox@ucu.org.uk.


UCU health educator update: March 2012
An update on the issues affecting UCU's health educator members.

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