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Trade Unions

Trade Unions and Staff Organisations

The UHB is committed to working in partnership with recognised Trade Unions and Professional Organisations and actively encourages you to join any trade union or professional body of your choice (subject to any rules for membership of that organisation which may apply). 

The UHB’s Partnership and Recognition Agreement sets out the principles of partnership working and the responsibilities of the organisation, staff representatives and managers. The Agreement lists the trade unions and staff organisations which are officially recognised by the UHB.  These are:

British Dental Association logo British Dental Association 

British Dietetic Association

British Dietetic Association (BDA)

British Medical Association

British Medical Association (BMA)

BMA Resource - Wales Fatigue and Facilities Charter (Poster)

British and Irish Orthoptic Society British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BOS)
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy logo Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
Federation of Clinical Scientists Federation of Clinical Scientists (FCS)
GMB logo The trade union for everyone
Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association logo Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association  (HCSA)
The Royal College of Midwives logo The Royal College of Midwives  (RCM)
Royal College of Nursing logo Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
College of Podiatry logo The College of Podiatry
Society for Radiographers logo Society of Radiographers (SOR)
Unison Cardiff and the Vale branch logo


Unite the Union logo UNITE the Union

To find out more about joining a union please talk to your local workplace representative or view the relevant website or noticeboard. 

Local Partnership Forum 

The Local Partnership Forum (LPF) is the formal mechanism for the Health Board and Trade Union/Professional Organisation Representatives to work together to improve health services. It is the forum where key stakeholders will engage with each other to inform, debate and seek to agree local priorities on workforce and health service issues. 

LPF is co-chaired by the Chair of Staff Representatives and the Executive Director of Workforce and OD. Members are Staff Representatives (including the Independent Member for Trade Unions), the Executive Team and Chief Executive, the Director of Corporate Governance, the Assistant Directors of Workforce and OD and the Head of Workforce Governance.  

The purpose of the LPF  falls into four overarching  themes; communicate, consider, consult and negotiate, and appraise.

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