All of the changes outlined in the framework agreement apply to ambulance staff.
The proposals includes changes to unsocial hours enhancements for the Ambulance sector. The proposed changes seek to ensure that unsocial hours for the Ambulance staff are consistent with other staff groups currently paid via Agenda for Change Section 2 arrangements.
Subject to a positive consultation outcome, effective from 1 September 2018 any new starter to the Ambulance service will have their unsocial hours payments paid via Section 2 of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook (if they do not already). From this date, any existing staff member who moves roles will be moved from Annex 5 to Section 2 (if they are not already on Section 2).
Existing staff who are not changing roles will be offered the chance to move voluntarily to Section 2 if they are not already on it.
Staff employed via, or moving to, Section 2 will also see changes to the way in which occupational sickness absence pay is calculated, in line with other NHS staff. Any new starter and those staff who earn above £18,160, will not have unsocial hours enhancements included in their sickness pay. For existing staff who earn £18,160 or less, unsocial hours enhancements will continue to be paid.