17 / 4 / 2014 2.21pm
You may have noticed that this morning we have launched our new website. We get around 200,000 visitors each month, so it's an important development for us. I wanted to drop you a short note to let you know about this and also a quick update on developments at the Unison health conference this week.
Our new website follows extensive research over the last 12 months or so, with you and your colleagues, about how the site should be structured and laid out to make accessing the information quicker and easier for you.
As well as a brand new look, the site has some new functionality, including a much improved search facility. We have also introduced an ‘Amazon’ style personalisation feature that, once you have registered on the site, will remember the topics that you are most interested in and signpost you to other material that might be of interest. Pretty impressive I think!
We also have a new blog facility and a series of discussion forums called Talking Points. These will work best when colleagues join the forums and participate, so please feel free to add comments and encourage your team to do likewise.
There are still some areas of the site that we are working on, so please bear with us as we complete these over the next couple of weeks. If you do have any difficulties finding information in the new structure, then please use the new search facility. We have also opened a hotline on 0844 334 5250 to deal with any website problems you may have. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I really hope that you find the new functionality and layout helpful, and as ever I would welcome any feedback that you might have. Our aim is to get timely, relevant information to you quickly and reliably.
You may have also seen from media reports this week, that delegates at the Unison Health Sector conference in Brighton have confirmed they are planning a day of action on pay. Scheduled for 5 June 2014, this will be action involving local demonstrations. We will of course provide more information and support as further details emerge of the plans for the day of action.
Unison delegates also approved a motion to ballot for industrial action. Unite has announced that it will be consulting its membership on whether they wish to proceed to an industrial action ballot, and other trade unions are also giving early indications of initiating action. This, along with our media response, is covered in the Guardian this morning. We will of course be liaising with trade unions about their plans and will provide details on expected timelines as soon as we have them. More information on industrial action ballots is available on our website.
Please let me know what you think of our new website and if you have any other comments or feedback about the potential industrial action, you can contact me at email@example.com
With best wishes,
Chief Executive, NHS Employers