The Royal College of Nursing has rolled out a campaign to highlight the extra hours of unpaid work that nursing staff are regularly doing.
The college announced its intention to launch the campaign in December, as reported by Nursing Times, and in January named the first trust taking part as East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.
It has now set out a further nine trusts in England and Northern Ireland that have been selected to take part (see below). They include acute, community and mental health service providers.
RCN members at these organisations will be recording and claiming for any excess hours they work or breaks they are unable to take, as a way of highlighting instances where their contractual rights are not being met.
RCN members at these trusts are being encouraged to record any excess hours using a special recording sheet.
Michael Brown, chair of the RCN’s council, said: “Every day we hear from members who are struggling with years of pay restraint and enormous job pressures.
“It’s high time that nurses and other health care professionals were paid a fair and accurate wage for the tough, demanding job that they do,” he said. “We are committed to helping them achieve this.”
The selected trusts taking part in the campaign are:
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
Weston Area Health NHS Trust
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tameside NHS Foundation Trust
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust