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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).

There are a number of informal and informal mechanisms for working in partnership - click on the image on the right to find out more about them.  

The UHB has a Partnership and Recognition Agreement which 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 Association of Occupational Therapists
British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)

British Dental Association
British Dental Association (BDA)

British Dietetic Association 
British Dietetic Association (BDA)

British Medical Association 
British Medical Association (BMA)

BMA Resource - Wales Fatigue and Facilities Charter (Poster)

British Orthoptic Society
British Orthoptic Society (BOS)

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Federation of Clinical Scientists
Federation of Clinical Scientists (FCS)


Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA)

Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Society for Chiropodists and Podiatrists 
Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCP)

Society for Radiographers
Society of Radiographers (SOR)

Union of Construction and Allied Trades & Technicians
Union of Construction and Allied Trades & Technicians (UCATT)


Unite the Union
UNITE the Union

To find out more about joining a union please talk to your local workplace representative or take a look at the relevant website or notice board.

Cardiff and Vale UNISON members now have their own branch website where members can get up to date news and information, as well as hearing about special offers available to members only.

Local Partnership Forum 

The UHB has statutory duty to “take account of representations made by persons who represent the interests of the community it serves”.   This is achieved in part by three Advisory Groups to the Board and the Local Partnership Forum (LPF) is one of these.

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 Forum meets 6 times a year. 

LPF is the formal mechanism for the Health Board and Trade Union/Professional Organisation Representatives to work together to improve health services.   Its purpose, as set out in the Terms of Reference, fall into four overarching themes: communicate, consider, consult and negotiate, and appraise.  

Minutes and Papers from the Local Partnership Forum are published on the UHB website one week before each meeting.    We also produce a LPF briefing a few days after each meeting to share with staff across the organisation and help raise awareness of the work LPF does.  

Engagement with medical staff is supported by partnership working through the Local Negotiating Committee.  

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