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.
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Joining UCU's health educators' email discussion list is easy. UCU members only. Join here.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 January 2016
Following the announcement of plans cut to NHS bursaries for student nurses UCU is supporting this petition which has already had over 146,000 signatures. Please…
31 October 2015
UCU has responded to to HEE's 2015 'shape of caring' review. Following on from the Health Educators' Forum in April and the survey of our members working in nursing,…
18 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…
23 May 2012
UCU today called on the government to urgently protect healthcare education funding after MPs warned that delays in introducing new NHS education and training arrangements…
31 March 2012
An update on the issues affecting UCU's health educator members. 1. Health and Social Care Bill The Bill has cleared both houses of parliament, officially coming…
17 January 2012
UCU has warned that patient care in London could be put at risk after NHS London announced that it would be reducing the number of adult nurse training places at…
1 April 2011
UCU has submitted a response to the 'Liberating the NHS: Developing the healthcare workforce' consultation.
1 April 2011
UCU has warned that healthcare training could be put at risk if academics are sidelined. Responding in March 2011 to the Department of Health's Liberating the NHS…
1 October 2010
A national conference for health educator members was held in November 2010. Members gathered to examine the new health policy agenda; HE budget cuts; potential…
30 April 2008
UCU commissioned a report from Professors Basford and Kershaw on the future of health professional education in the UK.