Last reviewed 20 November 2020

Arguing that operational services support staff rarely get the recognition they deserve, UNISON is preparing to mark One Team Day on 25 November as part of its campaign to celebrate everything that NHS staff have been doing behind the scenes throughout the pandemic.

“Who do people see when they think of NHS staff?”, the union asks. “Probably doctors, nurses and paramedics. But almost half the staff in the NHS (around 470,000 people) are in clinical support or infrastructure support roles.”

This year, One Team Day events will mostly take place online, in place of branch stalls and celebrations at hospitals. Healthcare workers are also being encouraged to nominate a hardworking colleague to be considered as One Team member of the year.

UNISON has created a range of resources and activities which can be found at https://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/one-team-for-patient-care and includes posters to display in workplaces.

Social media graphics can be found at https://medialibrary.unison.org.uk/pages/search.php?search=%21collection367&k=100d42a41e and staff are being encouraged to share pictures online to promote the Day.

The union’s head of health, Sara Gorton, said: “The NHS couldn’t run without cleaners, porters, security staff, cooks, medical secretaries and all the staff that are often overlooked when we praise the health service. One Team Day recognises and celebrates the vital role that everyone in the health team plays to ensure patients get the care they deserve.”